Alan Zhang


Director, UCSF Hip Preservation Center
Orthopedic surgeon
Dedicated to joint preservation

Dr. Alan Zhang is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder. His areas of focus include tears of the hip and shoulder labrum (cartilage in the socket that stabilizes the joint), femoroacetabular impingement (a painful condition of the hip joint) and athletic injuries of the hip. He also specializes in tears of the knee's anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus, as well as rotator cuff tears, shoulder dislocations and biceps tears.

Zhang directs the UCSF Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and the Hip Preservation Center.

In his research, Zhang uses innovative imaging techniques to detect early signs of cartilage injury in the hip, with the goal of finding hip preservation methods that protect cartilage and maintain function. He also uses large national databases to analyze trends in orthopedic surgery and works to integrate measurements of patient-centered care into current treatments. He has published numerous award-winning research articles on the hip, knee and shoulder, and is often invited to lecture internationally.

After earning his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Zhang completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine at UCSF.

Zhang is a member of the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America and Orthopaedic Research Society.

Zhang is a team physician for the University of San Francisco's NCAA Division 1 teams, Archbishop Riordan High School and the San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby club.

  • Education

    UCSD School of Medicine

  • Residencies

    UCLA Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery

  • Board Certifications

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

    Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

  • Languages



Clinics I work with

Sports Medicine Center

1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158

My reviews


Overall Experience
285 Reviews
I honestly feel that I have the BEST provider for my hip surgery/treatment. Dr. Zhang is very professional wise and really good at explaining the information I need to know. He is also very good with checking in on me every day via the GetWellLoop App.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
283 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
285 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
274 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
281 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
282 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
281 Reviews

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