Nicholas Colyvas


Orthopedic surgeon
Local and international race car driver

About me

Dr. Nicholas Colyvas is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, with particular interests in meniscus repair, rotator cuff surgery and biceps tendon surgery. He has extensive experience in treating athletes of all types, both professional and amateur. He has also served as team physician for numerous sports, including rugby and football teams.

Colyvas' main research is in the field of meniscus preservation. He investigates cutting edge techniques in meniscus repairs, with the goal of preventing knee arthritis in the long term. He is also active in improving techniques for treating rotator cuff tears and biceps tendon problems.

Colyvas earned his medical degree at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He then completed a fellowship as well as a residency in orthopedic surgery at UCSF.

Colyvas is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, where he serves on the practice management committee. He also serves on the board at the California Orthopaedic Association and is a frequent speaker and moderator at their conferences. Colyvas enjoys teaching orthopedic residents at UCSF as well as assisting in challenging, complex knee and shoulder surgeries. In his free time, he enjoys racing vintage race cars both locally and internationally.

  • Education

    University of the Witwatersrand, 1986

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Orthopedic Surgery, 1996

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Orthopedic Surgery, 1989

  • Board Certifications

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery/Sports Medicine

    Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Academic Title


I consider each surgery a scientific and technical achievement, as well as a work of art and craftsmanship.

Sports Medicine Center

1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158

My reviews


Overall Experience
103 Reviews
Dr. Nicholas Colyvas is the BEST! I like how he was very relaxed and had plenty of time to visit about any questions that I had.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
102 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
103 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
96 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
102 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
102 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
101 Reviews