Nirav Pandya, MD

Pediatric orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Nirav Pandya is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who specializes in pediatric sports medicine and trauma. He cares for young athletes using a variety of surgical and minimally invasive techniques in clinic and hospital settings. He has a particular interest in arthroscopic treatment for cartilage and ligament injuries of the ankle, knee, elbow and shoulder.

Pandya's research interests include how single sport specialization affects young athletes, developing techniques for treating cartilage and ligament injuries in growing athletes, as well as techniques for improving the outcomes of cartilage and ligament surgeries for the same group. He also studies pediatric trauma outcomes.

Pandya earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago and then completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego.

Pandya is an assistant professor at UCSF. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a founding member of the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society. He is also a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and Arthroscopy Association of North America.

As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, Pandya was on the track and field team, serving as captain during his senior year. He remains one of the top 10 triple jumpers in the school's history. While in medical school, he served as an assistant coach for the school's track and field team, coaching several national qualifiers in the long and triple jump. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and exploring the outdoors in the Bay Area.


Sports Medicine Center
1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Appointments: (415) 353–2808
Main: (415) 353–9400
Fax: (415) 885–3862

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

More about Nirav Pandya


University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 2005


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Orthopedic Surgery 2010


Rady Children's Hospital – San Diego, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 2011

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Bryant J, Pandya N. Medial patellofemoral ligament repair restores stability in pediatric patients when compared to reconstruction. Knee. 2018 Jun 06.
  2. Khanna K, Janghala A, Pandya NK. Use of Posterior Hamstring Harvest During Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in the Pediatric and Adolescent Population. Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 Jun; 6(6):2325967118775597.
  3. Patterson JT, Tangtiphaiboontana J, Pandya NK. Management of Pediatric Femoral Neck Fracture. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018 May 16.

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