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Brian Feeley


Orthopedic surgeon
Chief, Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery
Director, Muscle Stem Cell Lab
Avid Ocean Beach surfer

Dr. Brian Feeley is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in using arthroscopic (minimally invasive) procedures to care for patients with athletic injuries of the shoulder or knee. In the shoulder, he treats rotator cuff tears or impingement, labral tears and other causes of instability, clavicle fractures and shoulder arthritis, and he performs shoulder replacement surgery. In the knee, he treats anterior cruciate and other ligament injuries, meniscus tears, cartilage injuries and early arthritis. He is section chief of the UCSF Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery and director of the Muscle Stem Cell Lab.

Feeley's research focuses on common knee and shoulder problems, including causes of muscle atrophy after rotator cuff tears. He also investigates how stem cells within muscle change the muscle tissue and how to stimulate these cells to improve function after injury. For the knee, he studies how to use low-cost motion analysis to decrease injury or re-injury after initial damage and surgical procedures.

After earning a bachelor's degree in biology and his medical degree at Stanford University, Feeley completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where he served as an assistant team physician to the New York Giants football team. He has been at UCSF since 2008.

Feeley has published more than 230 peer-reviewed articles, review studies and book chapters, as well as a book on rotator cuff injuries. He is associate director of UCSF's residency program in orthopedic surgery.

Feeley has served on the scientific advisory board for the National Football League and serves on several national orthopedic research and leadership committees. He has received young investigator awards from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, and Western Orthopaedic Association. He has also received a teaching award from the UCSF School of Medicine as well as research awards from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.

Feeley serves as team physician for St. Ignatius College Preparatory high school. An avid surfer, he especially enjoys the waves at San Francisco's Ocean Beach, in San Diego and on Kauai. In his spare time, he watches his five children's sports teams and co-hosts the UCSF podcast "Six to Eight Weeks: Perspectives on Sports Medicine."

  • Education

    Stanford School of Medicine, 2001

  • Residencies

    UCLA Medical Center, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2007

  • Fellowships

    Hospital for Special Surgery, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, 2008

  • Board Certifications

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

    Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • Academic Title


My goal is to provide the best care and find the optimal strategy for each patient through evidence-based medicine and a personalized approach.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    372 Ratings
    About our process
    May 25, 2023
    Already recommended to several family members and my own cases
    May 23, 2023
    I was in pain & the group provided me with an apt. In a few hours. Dr. Feeley gave me a shot to relieve the pain & straighten my leg. I am so appreciative.
    May 23, 2023
    Excellent support and very informative and explanation of issues
    May 23, 2023
    Very consistent with my own research of the condition.
    May 12, 2023
    Love my dr and the nurses for the treatment I received
    May 06, 2023
    In the beginning of the conversation dr feeley told me if I were in Europe with managed care they would prescribe me some meds and send me away. (I've always had PPO insurance until recently and currently have medi-cal). He said I had frozen shoulder which is something not operated on and would take 5 years to recover after surgery. He said it doesn't matter what the diagnosis is there are four ways to manage: 1) do nothing 2) take pain meds 3) get injections and 4) surgery. He recommended injections. I asked where what kind and the dosage of the injection. He said "I am a surgeon I don't do injections." When I asked on average the dosage of the injection he did give me specifics. When I told him urgent care placed an MRI he scuffed at the idea and said he'd read it but he didn't see a need for one and wouldn't have placed one. Dr. Feeley did sit through all my questions but my sense is that he is much more interested in surgery than patient care. Perhaps the demands of being a surgeon doesn't allow for time or capacity for patient visits where surgery is not evident. Of note: I got my MRI results which showed multiple tears including one in the superior labrum extending down to the biceps. It also showed edema and inflammation amongst other concerns
    Apr 21, 2023
    I feel lucky to have access to such an experienced and warm specialist.
    Apr 04, 2023
    Dr Feeley and his team were lovely. They took the time to explain my situation share options (pros and cons) and allowed me to make an informed decision on my treatment
    Mar 30, 2023
    My whole experience with UCSF has been excellent. I'm lucky to have had access to a surgeon with Dr. Feeley's expertise.
    Mar 23, 2023
    Dr Feeley was extremely well prepared and provided a ton of information
    Mar 21, 2023
    Follow up steps are confusing probably my fault. How to get records from other hospital what are next steps when Is next visit etc.; not sure when I will be contacted I'll just wait
    Mar 21, 2023
    My care providers have been excellent- caring and trusting. I am nervous about upcoming surgery and they always provide caring perspective and explain all options to me. Scheduling is the problem- I have been waiting for months.
    Mar 02, 2023
    I think I get both good overall thinking and attention to details from my provider. He has helped me through a diagnostic dilemma. I feel I have a plan that matches my needs and I am appreciative.
    Feb 28, 2023
    Dr. Feeley and his staff are professional friendly and caring. I felt confident having them tend to my child's injury.
    Feb 18, 2023
    Dr Feeley is the best!
    Feb 18, 2023
    I'm grateful yo have access to this high quality surgeon
    Feb 03, 2023
    Had to message clinic after re referral letter for PT as when called they said it was required and not in my file.
    Feb 02, 2023
    Dr. Feeley shows great empathy and concern and relays his knowledge so it's easy to understand. He provides real world examples. I always have a list of questions for any doctor so I don't forget and Dr. Feeley answered them all. I feel confident in the care I am getting and that ultimately makes me feel positive about my own outcome.
    Jan 19, 2023
    Dr. Feeley is amazing! Best bedside manner of any orthopedic surgeon I've seen! I've had 5 previous Ortho surgeons and he's by far the best. I appreciate he takes the time to remember (actually reads the chart) little life details I tell him in previous appointments.
    Jan 12, 2023
    Care provider gave honest answers and went out of his way to help me.
    Jan 11, 2023
    The fellow listened well and made me a part of the team in my help. Dr. Feeley breezed in recited conclusions and rushed out.
    Jan 10, 2023
    Dr Feeley was excellent. He explained the results from the MRI laid out possible options explained his recommendation (no surgery) and answered all my questions. He also allowed me to tie in my daughter to ask additional questions.
    Dec 15, 2022
    Dec 14, 2022
    Very good
    Dec 01, 2022
    Whole team was great and worked well together
    Nov 17, 2022
    All good!
    Nov 15, 2022
    I feel that I'm getting the best care and medical advice from Dr. Feeley and the care team.
    Nov 10, 2022
    Dr. Feeley understood my question and had recommendations and education about the pain I was experiencing. I have a lot of confidence in him and would highly recommend him.
    Nov 03, 2022
    Would recommend Dr. Feeley without hesitation
    Nov 03, 2022
    Mostly felt it was all generic rote things. However what was detailed in the after visit summary/ notes was not all discussed. Cut and paste/ form. Progress notes-assessment plan paragraph 3 is incomplete in its information
    Oct 30, 2022
    Dr Feeley has all the traits I like in a doctor. He is approachable direct listens carefully and treats patients with respect.
    Oct 21, 2022
    Dr was friendly and helpful. Made me comfortable regarding my care
    Oct 13, 2022
    Dr. Feeley was terrific. Clear to the point and of course very knowledgeable. I felt listened to.
    Oct 07, 2022
    Problem was attended and resolutions provided and explained clearly. Dr Brian Feeley was professional with ease and humor!
    Sep 15, 2022
    Outstanding doctor
    Aug 30, 2022
    Dr Feeley was fantastic. Thorough and empathetic.
    Aug 27, 2022
    One of the best docs
    Aug 02, 2022
    Horrible experience ~ I wrote him a a letter in my response on how poorly the visit was conducted.
    Jul 28, 2022
    I felt I am in a very good hands with Dr. Feeley care decisions I needed to make base on my injury. Dr Feeley is good listener and addressed our questions and concerns. Top notch quality and creativity. I am so fortunate to have him as my Surgeon.
    Jul 20, 2022
    Very very good.
    May 25, 2022
    May 18, 2022
    There was a minor discrepancy between what the post-surgery instructions given to me said and what the my chart said but theses were quickly clarified.
    May 12, 2022
    After the Provider's Assistant removed the sutures from my knee she lay some bandages on the stand & told me "The Doctor will put these bandages on your knee." Well when Dr. Feeley came in & looked at my knee and explained what he was able to do for my meniscus tear he was about to leave Without putting those bandages on my knee's surgical wounds which were bleeding a bit frm the sutures being removed & still not completely healed. I asked him "Aren't you going to put those bandages on my knee?" He replied "I usually don't put bandages on..." and then after seeing my reaction to that he reluctantly put the bandages over my surgical wounds.
    May 03, 2022
    This was my first time meeting Dr. Feeley he is an amazing doctor knowledgeable caring respectful over the chart in terms of addressing my concerns and questions I had provided prior to the appointment. I would give him 10000 stars if I could.
    May 02, 2022
    Dr Feeley did not diagnose what was wrong. He said I needed two weeks of complete rest but did not address what caused the issue in the first place to avoid having the same problem later.
    Apr 23, 2022
    Could use slightly more detail in follow up care instructions etc
    Apr 05, 2022
    In th first visit with Dr. Feeley there was a resident. After having the resident explain my situation and options and then having Dr. Feeley I realized the difference that an experienced doctor can make. The resident asked nothing about me and what I wanted and only told me what he thought I should do (which was a surgical intervention)
    Apr 02, 2022
    Did not support stem cell theraphy for knees;
    Apr 02, 2022
    The consult with Dr. Feeley was outstanding. The provider was thorough listened intently gave detailed and totally honest answers to all my questions and offered many options for future care
    Mar 22, 2022
    Truly outstanding
    Mar 16, 2022
    He did not discuss the swelling of my leg and recommend a follow-up exam.
    Mar 10, 2022
    Jan 04, 2022
    Dr. Feeley listened intently provided medical opinions clearly took time to answer my questions and made unexpected but valuable recommendations. I saw him to get a second opinion on my rotator cuffs condition as another surgeon from a different organization/group was not as clear and left me with the impression than he would proceed with surgery. I particularly appreciate Dr. Feeley's opinion that an operation at this time may not provide a significant result.
    Oct 21, 2021
    I will never go there again!
    Oct 20, 2021
    Incredibly clear and concise explanations.
    Sep 14, 2021
    Dr. Feeley and his resident were exceptionally attentive listened well and had informed analysis of the problem and likely outcomes. They were extremely courteous and helpful and answered all questions directly.

    Meet Dr. Feeley

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    Lean how he treats athletic injuries of the shoulder and knee with arthroscopic (minimally invasive) procedures.