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Alan Zhang, MD

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentOrthopaedic Surgery
Address1500 Owens St.
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-353-2808
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    Rice UniversityBA
    UCSD School of MedicineMD
    UCLA Medical CenterOrthopaedic Surgery Residency
    UCSF Medical CenterSports Medicine Fellowship
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    American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)2016Steven P. Arnoczky Award
    American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons2016James A. Rand Award
    Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association 36th Annual Congress2016Invited International Speaker
    International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA)2015Member
    AOSSM2016Research Committee
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2016AAOS Headline News Article
    UCSF Medical Center2016Heiman Research Fellowship Award
    UCSF Medical Center2015New Orthopaedic Vision Award
    UCSF Medical Center2015Resource Allocation Program for Trainees Grant
    Clinical Orthpaedics and Related Research 2014Editor's Spotlight
    Western Orthopaedic Association 78th Annual Meeting 2014Research Poster Award
    UCLA Medical Center2011H&H Lee Surgical Research Travel Grant
    UCSD School of Medicine2008Gold Humanism Honor Society
    UCSD School of Medicine2006Alumni Scholarship
    UCSD School of Medicine2005Tuition Scholarship
    NIH2005Summer Research Training Grant
    Rice University2004Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary Chemical Society
    Rice University2004Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
    Rice University2004President’s Honor Roll

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    Dr. Alan Zhang is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and minimally-invasive arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder. In the hip, he frequently treats labral tears, FAI (femoroacetabular impingement), gluteus tears and various athletic injuries. He is a specialist in advanced hip arthroscopy for labral repair and reconstruction as well as hip preservation. In the knee, he treats ACL tears, meniscus tears and cartilage injuries- regularly performing ACL reconstruction and meniscus repairs. In the shoulder, he treats rotator cuff tears and dislocation/instability.

    Dr. Zhang is the Associate Director of the UCSF Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and is a member of the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy. He has published numerous award-winning research articles on the hip, knee and shoulder and frequently speaks at international conferences. He received the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine award for his work on cartilage imaging of the hip. He also provides medical care for the San Francisco Deltas Soccer Team, Golden Gate Rugby Team, and Bay Area marathons and high schools.

    Dr. Zhang graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rice University, studying biochemistry and cell biology. He obtained his M.D. from UCSD School of Medicine and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Zhang completed residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA Medical Center followed by a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.


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    Evaluating Disease Progression in Hip Osteoarthritis
    NIH/NIAMS R01AR069006Jul 14, 2016 - Apr 30, 2021
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Femoroacetabular Impingement of the Hip
    American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine YIG-2016-1Apr 1, 2016 - Apr 1, 2018
    Role: Principle Investigator
    Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Arthrography for Femoroacetabular Impingement of the Hip
    UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery NOVA 2015Jan 1, 2015 - Jan 1, 2016
    Role: Principle Investigator

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    1. Garwood ER, Souza RB, Zhang A, Zhang A, Ma CB, Link TM, Motamedi D. Axial traction magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the glenohumeral joint in healthy volunteers: initial experience. Clin Imaging. 2017 Jan 03; 42:178-182. PMID: 28095361.
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    2. Samaan MA, Schwaiger BJ, Gallo MC, Sada K, Link TM, Zhang A, Majumdar S, Souza RB. Joint Loading in the Sagittal Plane During Gait Is Associated With Hip Joint Abnormalities in Patients With Femoroacetabular Impingement. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Dec 01; 363546516677727. PMID: 28006109.
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    3. Zhang A, Sing DC, Dang DY, Ma CB, Black D, Vail TP, Feeley BT. Overlapping Surgery in the Ambulatory Orthopaedic Setting. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Nov 16; 98(22):1859-1867. PMID: 27852902.
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    4. Samaan MA, Schwaiger BJ, Gallo MC, Link TM, Zhang A, Majumdar S, Souza RB. Abnormal Joint Moment Distributions and Functional Performance During Sit-to-Stand in Femoroacetabular Impingement Patients. PM R. 2016 Oct 8. PMID: 27729286.
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    5. Zhang A, Sing DC, Rugg CM, Feeley BT, Senter C. The Rise of Concussions in the Adolescent Population. Orthop J Sports Med. 2016 Aug; 4(8):2325967116662458. PMID: 27579334; PMCID: PMC4989377.
    6. Cheah J, Zhang A, Tay B. Intraoperative Use of Neuromonitoring in Multilevel Thoracolumbar Spine Instrumentation and the Effects on Postoperative Neurological Injuries. Clin Spine Surg. 2016 Jul 11. PMID: 27404856.
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    7. Samaan MA, Zhang A, Gallo MC, Schwaiger BJ, Link TM, Souza RB, Majumdar S. Quantitative magnetic resonance arthrography in patients with femoroacetabular impingement. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2016 May 18. PMID: 27192497.
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    8. Sing DC, Ding DY, Aguilar TU, Luan T, Ma CB, Feeley BT, Zhang A. The Effects of Patient Obesity on Early Postoperative Complications After Shoulder Arthroscopy. Arthroscopy. 2016 Nov; 32(11):2212-2217.e1. PMID: 27209623.
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    9. Feeley BT, Liu S, Garner AM, Zhang A, Pietzsch JB. The cost-effectiveness of meniscal repair versus partial meniscectomy: A model-based projection for the United States. Knee. 2016 Aug; 23(4):674-80. PMID: 27157145.
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    10. Ding DY, LaMartina JA, Zhang A, Pandya NK. Acute distal biceps rupture in an adolescent weightlifter on chronic steroid suppression: a case report. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 Apr 21. PMID: 27104943.
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    11. Wong SE, Zhang A, Berliner JL, Ma CB, Feeley BT. Preoperative patient-reported scores can predict postoperative outcomes after shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Jun; 25(6):913-9. PMID: 27039669.
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    12. Sing DC, Luan TF, Feeley BT, Zhang A. Is Obesity a Risk Factor for Adverse Events After Knee Arthroscopy? Arthroscopy. 2016 Jul; 32(7):1346-1353.e1. PMID: 27013106.
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    13. Dufka FL, Lansdown DA, Zhang A, Allen CR, Ma CB, Feeley BT. Accuracy of MRI evaluation of meniscus tears in the setting of ACL injuries. Knee. 2016 Jun; 23(3):460-4. PMID: 26917035.
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    14. Naimark M, Zhang A, Leon I, Trivellas A, Feeley BT, Ma CB. Clinical, Radiographic, and Surgical Presentation of Subscapularis Tendon Tears: A Retrospective Analysis of 139 Patients. Arthroscopy. 2016 May; 32(5):747-52. PMID: 26786827.
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    15. Naimark M, Dufka FL, Han R, Sing DC, Toogood P, Ma CB, Zhang A, Feeley BT. Plate fixation of midshaft clavicular fractures: patient-reported outcomes and hardware-related complications. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 May; 25(5):739-46. PMID: 26700553.
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    16. Han RJ, Sing DC, Feeley BT, Ma CB, Zhang A. Proximal humerus fragility fractures: recent trends in nonoperative and operative treatment in the Medicare population. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Feb; 25(2):256-61. PMID: 26440695.
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    17. Smucny M, Shin EC, Zhang A, Feeley BT, Gajiu T, Hall SL, Ma CB. Poor Agreement on Classification and Treatment of Subscapularis Tendon Tears. Arthroscopy. 2016 Feb; 32(2):246-251.e1. PMID: 26432431.
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    18. Link TM, Schwaiger BJ, Zhang A. Regional Articular Cartilage Abnormalities of the Hip. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Sep; 205(3):502-12. PMID: 26295636.
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    19. Sing DC, Feeley BT, Tay B, Vail TP, Zhang A. Age-Related Trends in Hip Arthroscopy: A Large Cross-Sectional Analysis. Arthroscopy. 2015 Dec; 31(12):2307-2313.e2. PMID: 26194938.
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    20. Zhang A, Miller SL, Coughlin DG, Lotz JC, Feeley BT. Tibiofemoral contact pressures in radial tears of the meniscus treated with all-inside repair, inside-out repair and partial meniscectomy. Knee. 2015 Oct; 22(5):400-4. PMID: 26081591.
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    21. Zhang A, Theologis AA, Tay B, Feeley BT. The association between cervical spine pathology and rotator cuff dysfunction. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2015 May; 28(4):E206-11. PMID: 25393668.
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    22. Smucny M, Menendez ME, Ring D, Feeley BT, Zhang A. Inpatient surgical site infection after shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 May; 24(5):747-53. PMID: 25704827.
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    23. Feeley BT, Zhang A, Barry JJ, Shin E, Ho J, Tabaraee E, Ma CB. Decreased scapular notching with lateralization and inferior baseplate placement in reverse shoulder arthroplasty with high humeral inclination. Int J Shoulder Surg. 2014 Jul; 8(3):65-71. PMID: 25258496; PMCID: PMC4168654.
    24. Zhang A, Feeley BT, Schwartz BS, Chung TT, Ma CB. Management of deep postoperative shoulder infections: is there a role for open biopsy during staged treatment? J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Jan; 24(1):e15-20. PMID: 24972813.
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    25. Zhang A, Gates CH, Link TM, Ma CB. Abnormal origins of the long head of the biceps tendon can lead to rotator cuff pathology: a report of two cases. Skeletal Radiol. 2014 Nov; 43(11):1621-6. PMID: 24915738.
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    26. Feeley BT, Zhang A, Leopold SS. Editor's Spotlight/Take 5: Hospital readmissions after treatment of proximal humerus fractures: is arthroplasty safer than open reduction internal fixation? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Aug; 472(8):2313-6. PMID: 24903822; PMCID: PMC4079868.
    27. Zhang A, Schairer WW, Feeley BT. Hospital readmissions after surgical treatment of proximal humerus fractures: is arthroplasty safer than open reduction internal fixation? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Aug; 472(8):2317-24. PMID: 24733446; PMCID: PMC4079887.
    28. Schairer WW, Zhang A, Feeley BT. Hospital readmissions after primary shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2014 Sep; 23(9):1349-55. PMID: 24618197.
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    29. Zhang A, Montgomery SR, Ngo SS, Hame SL, Wang JC, Gamradt SC. Arthroscopic versus open shoulder stabilization: current practice patterns in the United States. Arthroscopy. 2014 Apr; 30(4):436-43. PMID: 24560907.
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    30. Montgomery SR, Zhang A, Ngo SS, Wang JC, Hame SL. Cross-sectional analysis of trends in meniscectomy and meniscus repair. Orthopedics. 2013 Aug; 36(8):e1007-13. PMID: 23937745.
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    31. Zhang A, Montgomery SR, Ngo SS, Hame SL, Wang JC, Gamradt SC. Analysis of rotator cuff repair trends in a large private insurance population. Arthroscopy. 2013 Apr; 29(4):623-9. PMID: 23375667.
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    32. Gamradt SC, Gelber J, Zhang A. Shoulder function and pain level after revision of failed reverse shoulder replacement to hemiarthroplasty. Int J Shoulder Surg. 2012 Apr; 6(2):29-35. PMID: 22787331; PMCID: PMC3391782.
    33. Zhang A, Kreulen C, Ngo SS, Hame SL, Wang JC, Gamradt SC. Demographic trends in arthroscopic SLAP repair in the United States. Am J Sports Med. 2012 May; 40(5):1144-7. PMID: 22328710.
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    34. Li JT, Bian K, Zhang A, Kim DH, Ashley WW, Nath R, McCutcheon I, Fang B, Murad F. Targeting different types of human meningioma and glioma cells using a novel adenoviral vector expressing GFP-TRAIL fusion protein from hTERT promoter. Cancer Cell Int. 2011; 11(1):35. PMID: 22035360; PMCID: PMC3283457.
    35. Zhang A, Exner GU, Wenger DR. Progressive genu valgum resulting from idiopathic lateral distal femoral physeal growth suppression in adolescents. J Pediatr Orthop. 2008 Oct-Nov; 28(7):752-6. PMID: 18812902.
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    36. Zhang A, Lewicky YM, Oka R, Mahar A, Pedowitz R. Biomechanical analysis of femoral tunnel pull-out angles for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with bioabsorbable and metal interference screws. Am J Sports Med. 2007 Apr; 35(4):637-42. PMID: 17218654.
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    37. Lau PP, Li L, Merched AJ, Zhang A, Ko KW, Chan L. Nicotine induces proinflammatory responses in macrophages and the aorta leading to acceleration of atherosclerosis in low-density lipoprotein receptor(-/-) mice. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2006 Jan; 26(1):143-9. PMID: 16254210.
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