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. A soccer enthusiast, Allen is an expert in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and athletic injuries of the shoulder. She has special interests in meniscus transplantation, ACL revision surgery and proximal hamstring repairs, which also are focal points for her research.

As physician for the USA Taekwondo national teams, Allen has traveled to many countries, including China, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey, Morocco and Mexico, for international and Olympic qualification competitions, as well as to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. She joined the teams for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In the 2011 Pan American Games, Allen served as a team physician for judo, wrestling and taekwondo. She is also an orthopedic team physician for the U.S. soccer national teams and has traveled extensively with them.

Locally, Allen orthopedic team physician for University of California, Berkeley athletics, working with men's and women's soccer teams.

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. Later she earned her medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and then completed a residency in orthopedic surgery as well as a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Allen is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and ACL Study Group.

  • 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

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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