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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



Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    314 Ratings
    About our process
    Mar 04, 2022
    I am waiting for a call to schedule my next visit.
    Mar 04, 2022
    Great doctor!
    Mar 02, 2022
    Any guestions I forgot to ask I ask in the mychart. He quickly gets me an answer. He's very nice and promptly answered me.
    Feb 12, 2022
    He was very clear and concise immediately recognized me as a person and conducted a thorough examination. He explained to me what he thought I had and how best to manage the problem.
    Jan 23, 2022
    Super impressed by how well my procedure went and how well my healing is going. I received the best care and appreciate having a great surgeon.
    Jan 20, 2022
    Dr. Zhang explains from start to finish very clearly and he makes sure you understand where you're at in your treatment very clearly. And you never feel rushed when in his office.
    Jan 19, 2022
    Very informative; took the time to listen to my description of the problem; answered all of my questions.
    Jan 19, 2022
    Best doctor experience ever great bedside manner really listens to me and my questions and shows concern for my care.
    Jan 12, 2022
    I can't say enough good things about Dr. Zhang. He made sure I understood everything made time for me knew my medical history and was incredibly supportive... And let's not forget that he did a great job on my surgery and I'm finally pain-free! I'd happily recommend Dr. Zhang to others.
    Jan 07, 2022
    Jan 05, 2022
    Very courteous and professional.
    Dec 22, 2021
    See comments above! Dr Alan Lingqi Zhang is Wonderful. I feel hopefu and on the way back to ME being there.
    Dec 07, 2021
    Dr. Zhang was phenomenal in answering all my questions and addressing my concerns about the surgery
    Oct 25, 2021
    Oct 25, 2021
    Provider had an established protocol for post surgery and didn't want to deviate or alter despite my lack of progress. Revised all the timelines for the worse and just told me to wait. Very frustrating. I felt like a cog in a machine not a patient.
    Oct 20, 2021
    Would of liked to ask him more questions but he gave the follow-up care recommendations given my current condition. Very appreciated.
    Sep 30, 2021
    DR. Zhang immediately referred me to the right doctor for my care. I was Impressed.
    Jul 27, 2021
    My bike accident and broken collarbone were unpleasant but I appreciate all of the care I've received from UCSF.
    Jun 11, 2021
    This whole process (broker collarbone involving UCSF emergency dept visit two surgeries and PT) has been quite the journey. I am very impressed with the quality of the care everything from the professionalism to the caring understanding and patience.
    Jun 01, 2021
    After the visit I missed a call from the assistant to schedule a follow-up. I called back and left a call back numbered but have not had the call returned.
    May 26, 2021
    We are truly grateful for the care we received from Dr Zhang!He listened to my Son patiently about the injury. He then asked good questions about what had happened and explained to my Son the results of the MRI. Dr Zhang explained the path back to full recovery and made sure we fully understood. We were treated with compassion and respect snd never felt rushed. I was impressed with how Dr Zhang interacted with my teenage Son. Dr Zhang made sure he felt comfortable and we felt very reassured that no matter what the injury was that we were in good hands and that there would be a plan back to full recovery. We discussed a timeline for resuming full activity and I felt like my Son will listen to what he was told because Dr Zhang spoke directly to him as the patient. Teenagers have a mind of their own but since Dr Zhang spoke directly to him my Son felt empowered and is compliant in the rehabilitation. Thank you Dr Zhang! Thank you UCSF
    May 08, 2021
    I had ample time to talk with the Dr and ask questions. He kept everything simply and easy to understand.
    May 07, 2021
    it felt a little rushed and glossed over frankly
    May 05, 2021
    May 03, 2021
    Dr Zhang is top notch both clinically and personally. He showed great compassion and professionalism. Awesome doctor and good person. He explained everything to my Son and reassured us that we are in good hands and that everything will be okay. we are very grateful for his care. Thank you Dr Zhang!
    Apr 15, 2021
    excellent visit.
    Mar 25, 2021
    Dr. Zhang his staff and the people at the check in desk always provide the best service possible. I am always amazed at the time attention and concern they show my daughter and I at each visit.
    Mar 24, 2021
    Dr. Zhang is an exceptional provider in every way. he has incredible skill excellent bedside manner really cares about his patients and he is very friendly kind professional and helpful.
    Mar 18, 2021
    very responsive. quick responses to email questions as well.
    Mar 18, 2021
    Dr. Alan Zhang had my complete trust. there was never a doubt in my mind. he made clear the answers to so many questions I had been battling with for too long. my need for surgery was simplified and a path to recovery finally became reality.
    Mar 17, 2021
    Dr. Alan Zhang possesses a fantastic and rare combination of qualities for a surgeon. He has top-notch skills as well as fabulous bedside manner and integrity. He shows his genuine concern for his patients through the great care that he provides. Thank you Dr. Zhang!
    Feb 07, 2021
    I'm still not too clear about the treatment suggested if things don't improve on their own (risk/benefit of cortisone shot - I feel like I'm not given the full picture of how this could impact other aspects of my health). I'm also not super confident that the physical therapy I'm doing right now (referred by another provider) will do anything to improve my situation and I didn't have a clear idea one way or another what this provider thought about it.
    Feb 05, 2021
    I'm currently living alone in the city as a graduate student I've had great experience so far considering I'm across the country from my family. Everything has gone VERY smoothly and I have zero complaints.
    Jan 09, 2021
    Very nice! After my horrible experience with the receptionists and the nurse I was very worried that the doctor would be annoyed that I hadn't had x-rays done before seeing him. He of course was glad that I hadn't because they were completely unnecessary for our visit. He was very friendly and kind.
    Oct 29, 2020
    Both my husband and I had questions for the doctor. Dr. was very professional and answered all questions to the best of his ability. Made it plane and simple. We did NOT feel rushed or in a hurry. Doctor was willing to take his time to answer all questions.
    Oct 07, 2020
    Dr Zhang was attentive knowledgeable engaging proactive and at all times professional. should I need his services again I would not hesitate to contact or recommend his practice.
    Oct 02, 2020
    I cannot say enough good about Dr. Zhang. He is friendly helpful reassuring and extremely competent. I am incredibly thankful that I lucked into him as my ACL surgeon. Both surgical competence and expertise but also a wonderful bedside manner and ability to interact with patients.
    Sep 16, 2020
    There has to be a way where the doctor is available to talk or call back.
    Jul 29, 2020
    Dr. Zhang is awesome. Communicates well is very knowledgable has a very friendly attitude always considers my questions thoughtfully and is very helpful with my care. Really great provider
    Jul 22, 2020
    Jul 16, 2020
    I had researched Dr. Zhang and found that he was the BEST that I could ask for regarding my injury. He was very compassionate really listened to me and answered all my questions.