Christina Allen


Orthopedic surgeon
Soccer fanatic and Olympic team doctor

About me

Dr. Christina Allen specializes in treating knee and shoulder injuries, particularly in women athletes. She is an expert in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and athletic injuries of the shoulder. In patient care as well as research, she has special interests in meniscus transplantation (surgery to replace the knee cartilage with donor tissue), ACL revision surgery (repair of a failed ACL reconstruction) and repair of proximal hamstring avulsion (an injury in which the muscle has torn away from the bone of the pelvis).

A soccer enthusiast, Allen is an orthopedist for the U.S. soccer teams. She has traveled with the women's and men's teams to Russia, China, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Poland and Mexico, and will travel with the U-20 Women's National Team in 2020 to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. She also served as orthopedic physician for the San Francisco Deltas professional soccer team, which won the North American Soccer League championship in 2017.

In addition, Allen is former head physician for the USA Taekwondo National Team; she traveled with the athletes to many countries, including China, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey, Mexico and Brazil. She also served as doctor for the U.S. taekwondo team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She serves on the medical board for World Taekwondo, the sport's international governing body, and serves as an orthopedic consultant, providing medical coverage at international events. She is also a former orthopedic doctor for college athletes at the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked with the men's and women's soccer teams and women's basketball teams until 2017.

After earning a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering at Duke University, Allen was chief of biomedical engineering at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers in Philadelphia and San Francisco. She later earned her medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. At the University of Pittsburgh, she completed a residency in orthopedic surgery and a fellowship in sports medicine.

  • Education

    Duke University, B.S., Engineering, 1983

    UCLA, 1995

  • Residencies

    University of Pittsburgh, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2001

  • Fellowships

    University of Pittsburgh, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, 2002

  • Board Certifications

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Academic Title


  • Languages


I really enjoy working with my young and young-at-heart athletes, from injury to surgery – or physical therapy – to getting them back on the field of play.

Sports Medicine Center

1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158

San Mateo Primary and Specialty Care

1100 Park Place, Suite 100
San Mateo, CA 94403