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Anthony C. Luke


Director, UCSF Human Performance Center
Primary care sports medicine specialist
Supporter of youth sports, promoter of digital health

Dr. Anthony Luke is a primary care sports medicine doctor. He specializes in treating sports injuries without surgery, and also focuses on training and counseling patients in injury prevention. He is a physician lead for the Benioff Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes.

Luke's research interests include injury prevention, pediatric sports medicine, running medicine and digital health.

Luke completed his undergraduate education, medical degree and residency in family practice at the University of Toronto. He completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at the Boston Children's Hospital and earned a master's degree in public health from Harvard University.

Luke helps direct high school sports medicine programs in San Francisco and Marin, and helps coordinate medical care at most of the large foot races in the Bay Area. He has worked with San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby and sports programs of the University of California, Berkeley, as well as at the Olympics.

  • Education

    Harvard University, M.P.H., 2000

    University of Toronto, 1995

  • Fellowships

    Boston Children's Hospital, Sports Medicine, 1999

  • Board Certifications

    Sports Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine

    Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine

  • Academic Title


I try to help patients reach their maximum potential, whether their goal is getting back in the game or improving function so they can do what they love.

Where I see patients (5)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    328 Ratings
    About our process
    Dec 24, 2023
    Dr Luke is awesome! So lucky to have him at UCSF!!!!
    Dec 20, 2023
    Dr Luke is a well prepared expert who involved me in every decision
    Dec 15, 2023
    Dr Luke has kept me running, now jogging, since the 90's. He is working with me again and His patience, intuition, and expertise has gotten me comfortably jogging again. I am so grateful for his patience with and his belief In me.
    Dec 08, 2023
    Dr luke was great. Excellent experience overall
    Dec 06, 2023
    Excellent care!
    Dec 06, 2023
    Very pleasant
    Nov 18, 2023
    Extremely thorough, responsive and caring. Took time to listen and answer my questions. He is an outstanding physician!
    Nov 08, 2023
    Dr Luke is great - I'm sure you all already know that but he's a rare find
    Nov 05, 2023
    Dr. Luke believes in me. He accepts and really believes with me that I am going to become a runner again and have a great ski season. That is significant in spurring my daily workouts and continuing PT for strengthening. He doesn't care about my age. He sees my commitment and contributes to my Increasing strength and endurance. I am so grateful for that support.
    Oct 30, 2023
    Dr. Luke is incredibly knowledgeable, super inspiring and a fabulous Doctor!
    Oct 22, 2023
    Dr. Luke is amazing- so personable and professional. His obvious expertise immediately creates an atmosphere of trust.
    Sep 30, 2023
    I had good attention, he was very patient, kind and very careful
    Sep 15, 2023
    Dr. Luke is an amazing at explaining medical options related to your specific challenge. And making you believe you can achieve your activity goals. It motivates me.
    Sep 08, 2023
    Dr Luke spent considerable time reviewing my MRI. Most patients may not appreciate his explanation but I did and helped me understand my injury. Dr Luke asked what was my goal and after hearing them, he focused on all of the available options. He then went through each option providing the pros and cons. He also suggested that one of the option may not be covered by Medicare but recommended that I should not rule it out because of the higher success rate and based on my goal and objective. I do not encounter too many care provider who cares about what he does and making sure his recommendations meets his patient's goals.For this, I am super happy with my experience with Dr Luke.
    Sep 07, 2023
    I feel fortunate to have Dr. Luke for a doctor. He listens, and he's knowledgeable and honest about outcomes.
    Sep 06, 2023
    Dr. Luke seemed to really care about my well-being -- not only did Dr Luke examine my knees, which was the purpose of the visit, he asked about my other ailments and offered suggestions to ameliorate them. I thought that was great.
    Aug 26, 2023
    Dr. Luke was one of the most attuned kind and excellent doctors are ever seen at the UCSF's orthopedic Institute. I wish all doctors were like him.
    Aug 25, 2023
    I feel extraordinarily blessed to be in the care of Dr. Luke.
    Aug 04, 2023
    I'm happy with Dr. Luke
    Jul 29, 2023
    Excellent in every respect.
    Jul 26, 2023
    Consistently goid
    Jul 22, 2023
    Jul 21, 2023
    Dr. Luke is amazing! He is a wonderful doctor who truly cares about his patients.
    Jul 20, 2023
    Very unhappy. I was advised to perform an xray without having been examined by Dr. He seemed to be rushing me out, never fully letting me complete my sentences. He didn't offer any explanation as to what caused my injury. Didn't give me any treatment advice. Didn't give me any ways to prevent further injury. The exam was minimal. I had to remind the Dr at the end of the appt to review my xray results. Confirming the xray wasn't necessary at all as he didn't even look at them before talking with me.
    Jun 23, 2023
    Jun 19, 2023
    Very nice doctor, patient with answering all my questions
    Jun 12, 2023
    Great and friendly doctor!
    Jun 07, 2023
    Exceptionally thorough, compassionate, professional, and human.
    May 27, 2023
    Dr Luke I'd great, he listens to everything and is so helpful and kind.
    May 26, 2023
    I will continue with Dr. Luke for as long as I need his specialty in medicine.
    May 25, 2023
    Dr. Luke is a knowledgeable and respectful MD. I trust him and his advice.
    May 21, 2023
    Dr. Luke greeted me with such warmth and care I immediately felt safe and comfortable in an overwhelming situation (having a recent concussion that makes stimulating environments and multiple interactions difficult and exhausting) I immediately felt I was in good, capable hands.
    May 17, 2023
    Dr Luke was fantastic
    Apr 25, 2023
    Excellent doctor I have seen over a long number of years, not continuously. Different illnesses.
    Apr 19, 2023
    Dr said he would send me post care information which I never received.
    Mar 18, 2023
    Dr luke and staff are knowledgeable and pleasant.- agood working team
    Mar 17, 2023
    Dr. Luke was informative and thorough. The problem is, in order to confirm his diagnosis, an MRI was required. Combined with the time it took to schedule my appointment with him, and the necessary MRI needed for accurate diagnosis, it took over a month. Unacceptable.
    Mar 03, 2023
    What a good Doctor, he truly cares about his patients.
    Feb 11, 2023
    Dr. Luke is a great communicator and listened to and addressed my concerns
    Feb 03, 2023
    I and a very good first impression of dr. Luke
    Feb 01, 2023
    Dr. Luke is empathic, attentive, respectful and an overall wonderful human being and care provider. And is clearing a very educated orthopedist.
    Jan 30, 2023
    I found the instructions for reducing swelling somewhat vague and not detailed enough since the doctor had technical Issues with the computer report -- so I was not able to view instructions. But ice didn't reduce swelling, so I put on heat and felt better. Would have liked more detailed instructions on swelling since I am in great pain at night and unable to sleep.
    Jan 25, 2023
    Dr luke and his staff are wonderful
    Jan 15, 2023
    Great doctor!
    Jan 08, 2023
    Best experience I've had with any provider to date
    Dec 21, 2022
    Dr. Luke is a very nice doctor and informative.
    Dec 08, 2022
    Dr. Luke seemed distracted. I felt I had to drag info out of him.
    Dec 01, 2022
    Dr. Luke is awesome!
    Nov 18, 2022
    Get the waiting time down.
    Nov 16, 2022
    He is a wonderful communicator
    Nov 03, 2022
    It is hard to read but experience since I've had So many appointments that the doctor was so late to that I missed them because I couldn't wait any longer.
    Sep 05, 2022
    Dr Luke is excellent
    Sep 02, 2022
    Dr. Luke is always friendly as well as very skilled at what he does.
    Sep 02, 2022
    With out a doubt one of the nicest doctors I've ever had
    Aug 26, 2022
    Care provider appeared not to have read chart notes and focused only on one area while the issue was more global one. Doctor was rushed and exam was cursory
    Aug 24, 2022
    Excellent physician !
    Aug 24, 2022
    I have the feeling Dr Luke doesn't listen very well to me. He tends to push right over questions and requests.
    Aug 19, 2022
    Excellent all around
    Aug 13, 2022
    I believe I should hav had an mei or an xray
    Jul 29, 2022
    It took extra work to get heard by the Dr. I had to repeat my concerns a fewTimes. But we did get it ultimately :)
    Jul 28, 2022
    All good.
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    My work

    A preventive test identified an athlete's heart condition

    An electrocardiogram (EKG) performed through the PlaySafe program found Ryland's heart arrhythmia. Dr. Luke helped him return to the football field.