Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Sports Medicine Fellowship

UCSF Orthopaedic Institute

1500 Owens Street

San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 885-3832 FAX: (415) 885-3838

Duration: 1 year clinical August 1 to July 31

Fellowship Positions: 2

Stipend: $61,971 plus benefits

Deadline: November 1, 2014 through San Francisco Match (

The interview date for the 2016-2017 fellowship program is February 28th, 2015.

Core Surgical Faculty:

Brian Feeley, MD. (Fellowship Director)
Residency: UCLA.
Fellowship: HSS.
Clinical Expertise: Shoulder arthroscopy, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroplasty, hip arthroscopy.
Research Expertise: Basic science of rotator cuff muscle; knee biomechanics; clinical outcomes.
Team Coverage: St. Ignatius High School, Balboa High School.

C. Benjamin Ma, MD. (Chief of Sports Medicine)
Residency: Pitt.
Fellowship: HSS.
Clinical Expertise: Shoulder and knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroplasty
Research Expertise: Advanced imaging of the knee; clinical outcomes of shoulder arthroplasty; biomechanics.
Team Coverage: Cal Mens’ Basketball, Lincoln High School

Christina Allen, MD.
Residency: University of Pittsburgh.
Fellowship: Pitt.
Clinical Expertise: ACL surgery, meniscus transplantation, revision knee surgery, cartilage restoration.
Research Expertise: Clinical outcomes of revision ACL
Team Coverage: Cal Womens’ Soccer, Cal Mens’ Soccer, Cal Womens’ Basketball, USA Soccer, US Taekwondo, Lowell High School
Other Faculty

Nick Colyvas, MD. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy
Nirav Pandya, MD. Pediatric Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy
Anthony Luke, MD. Primary Care Sports Medicine
Carlin Senter, MD. Primary Care Sports Medicine
W. Dilworth Cannon, MD. Knee Arthroscopy

UCSF Hospitals, UCSF Academic Campus and UCSF Orthopaedic Institute.

Thank you for your interest in the University of California, San Francisco Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery training program. The UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is recognized as one of the leading academic orthopaedic departments in the United States, and the Sports Medicine Division has a central role within the department.

The goal of the UCSF Sports Medicine Fellowship is to train orthopaedic residency graduates to become outstanding sports medicine surgeons, clinicians, and scientists. The training program benefits from a small core group of faculty that are focused on improving your clinical and operative skills while providing both a high volume and high level of complexity of shoulder and knee cases. Our fellows get extensive experience in both routine sports medicine cases as well as more complex surgeries such as revision ACL reconstructions, meniscus transplant, osteochondral allograft transplantation, revision cuff repairs, and complex and revision shoulder arthroplasty.

The research experience during your fellowship is designed to improve your research background as well as train our fellows to better understand orthopaedic research. Research is a focus of the sports medicine group, as we typically publish between 10-20 manuscripts annually. There are many research opportunities to become involved in including basic science, biomechanics, advanced imaging, clinical outcomes, and social sciences. As faculty, we are devoted to assisting you with your research goals and projects during the year. There are monthly research meetings to follow progress of projects and provide guidance.

Team coverage during the UCSF Sports Medicine Fellowship includes coverage of high school football in San Francisco and Marin, as well as coverage at events at UC Berkeley, and San Francisco Rugby. We have designed the team coverage to be beneficial to your learning but not onerous to your other clinical commitments.

Perhaps the best element of the fellowship is the close relationship that exists between the faculty and trainees. Education of the fellow and residents is the primary focus of our training program and we seek to provide this through a positive collegial relationship. We hope to promote an environment where our fellows can continue to seek advice as their practices grow and mature.

The Sports Medicine Fellowship is based at the Orthopaedic Institute in the Mission Bay Campus. This is located on the east (sunny) side of San Francisco, close to AT&T Park. The Orthopaedic Institute is a brand new, state of the art facility with clinic, 6 operating rooms, on site radiology including 3T MRI, physical therapy, orthotics, and the Human Performance Center.

If you have questions regarding the fellowship, I encourage you to contact me or our fellowship coordinator.

Best regards,

Brian Feeley, MD
Fellowship Director
Assistant Professor, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery

Current Fellow:

Richard Han, MD. Residency: Temple University
Richard Han Sports Fellow

“I chose UCSF because of the faculty, breadth of surgical cases and location. The surgeons are among the best in the field, and they are people that I truly enjoy working with on a daily basis. The program is clearly on the rise as it has recently expanded both its faculty as well as its fellowship program. I plan to do shoulder arthoplasty in my practice, and this program provides as good of an experience as any shoulder-elbow fellowship in addition to a full complement of exposure to sports medicine. The facilities at Orthopaedic Institute are brand new and are located just steps away from the San Francisco Giants stadium. I live by the motto “work hard, play hard” and they are based in one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the world! UCSF was on the top of my list and I am excited for the opportunity to train at this program.

Previous Fellows:

Alan Zhang, MD. 2013-2014:
Residency: UCLA
Current Position: Faculty, University of California, San Francisco

“UCSF was my number 1 choice for fellowship because it is one of the few programs that offers expansive training in both sports medicine as well as advanced open and arthroscopic shoulder surgery. The renowned faculty is also extremely friendly and approachable and the facilities are top-notch.

In addition, UCSF has a wealth of resources and affords me the opportunity to have a very academically productive year that will help further my career whether I decide on academics or community practice.”


Eddie Shin, MD. 2012-2013
Residency: UC Davis
Current Position: Private Practice, San Francisco. Sportmed Orthopaedic Group

“I just completed the fellowship and reviewed my case log. You would be hard pressed to find a case log as diverse and comprehensive in shoulder and knee surgery. You will be challenged as the only fellow, but equally rewarded with the autonomy and case selection to prepare you for practice after. I loved working with the staff and attendings at UCSF and the relationships I built there will last throughout my career.”


James Chen, MD. 2011-2012
Residency: University of Hawaii
Current Position: Private Practice, San Francisco. Sportmed Orthopaedic Group

I thought the UCSF Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship was a well-rounded fellowship in knee and shoulder surgery with excellent surgeons and clinicians. The shoulder experience with total and reverse shoulder arthroplasty is unique in a sports fellowship. As the sole fellow there is a lot of responsibility and this allows you to pick and choose what you want to spend your year working on. There is a collegial relationship between the fellow and staff and as an alumnus I am in regular contact with my mentors there.


Ryan DellaMaggioria, MD. 2010-2011
Residency: USC
Current Position: Staff Surgeon, Hand and Upper Extremity. Cedars’-Sinai, Los Angeles

I had a fantastic time as the sports fellow at UCSF. It prepared me extremely well for my current position as an upper extremity surgeon at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. I thought the case mix and volume were appropriate and I enjoyed the team coverage with the staff and athletic trainers. I am currently working with residents in our new program, and the didactics at UCSF helped frame our teaching program here.


Sunny Cheung, MD. 2009-2010
Residency: UC Irvine
Current Position: Chief of Orthopaedics, St. Marys’ Hospital, Private Practice, Apple Valley, CA.

The UCSF sports and shoulder fellowship was an excellent experience which prepared me well for shoulder reconstruction as well as sports surgeries in private practice. It was a good mix of clinic which helped me learn preop and post op management of patients, as well as diagnosis of various sports injuries with MRI correlation. The surgical experience was good with wide diversity of cases but also increasing hands on learning as the fellow’s skills progressed. I was very happy with my experience there and probably learned more from one year in fellowship there than any other year in residency. Even years after the fellowship, I still keep in close touch with the faculty and feel comfortable emailing them about questions and I always get a prompt reply.

I am now the chief of orthopedics at a hospital multispecialty group.

Application Requirements

UCSF Sports Medicine currently participates in the San Francisco Match. As such, all application requirements are listed on that site:

The deadline for receipt of all application materials at the SF Match is November 1, 2014

The interview date for the 2016-2017 fellowship program is February 28th, 2015.

Goals and characteristics

The UCSF Fellowship in Sports Medicine is designed to provide the fellow with significant exposure to all aspects of knee, shoulder and elbow surgery. The combined patient volume of four staff surgeons provides ample clinical exposure to the operative and non-operative treatment of both arthroscopic sports medicine procedures and reconstructive procedures. The fellow will be exposed to approximately 300 cases during the clinical year. The patient referral base encompasses two university-based hospitals. Both inpatient and outpatient operative settings are utilized.

The fellow will participate as an extension of the faculty. Fellows will be responsible for patient care, resident education, and participation in weekly basic science and clinical conferences. Participation in attending staff clinics will provide exposure to patient clinical care and office management of sports related injuries.

Research opportunities are incorporated into the fellowship. University facilities include PhD-staffed, fully equipped research laboratories in areas of biomechanics and cell biology under the supervision of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Opportunities for both in-house and external grant funding exist for collaboration in valid clinical or basic science research projects. Publication of at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal is expected.

The goal of the fellowship is to produce a well-rounded orthopaedic surgeon interactive with expertise in the care of athletes of all levels. Fellows receive extensive training in arthroscopic and reconstructive procedures as well as non-operative treatment of athletic injuries. We also feel that the academic environment of the UCSF Orthopaedic Department and the high level of sub-specialty expertise enriches the education of our fellows.

Successful completion of an orthopaedic surgery program is required, as is a California State medical license.

Additional information on the fellowship may be obtained from our Fellowship Coordinator
Fellowship Coordinator
Johnson Huang
Phone: 415-476-6548