Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers services and programs through the following Divisions. Use these links to directly access all our Department sites.

Research Staff

Residents and Medical Students

Dr. Dominique LaronDominique Laron, MD
Niko Laron, a true Bay Area native and graduate of UCLA (BS) and UCSF (MD), has been working with Dr. Feeley researching shoulder pathology since fracturing his scapula playing soccer in medical school and subsequently meeting Dr. Feeley in clinic. Together they have worked on developing both a rat and mouse model of massive rotator cuff tears and are now attempting to map the biochemical pathways that control muscle degeneration and atrophy following rotator cuff injury. In his free time he likes to snowboard, climb, camp, backpack, and do anything on two wheels.
Research Assistants

Stacey ChuStacey Chu
Hailing from the beaches of Southern California to the hills and mountains of Northern California, Stacey Chu graduated from Stanford University in 2011. She works with Dr. Alexis Dang on a project exploring the effects of different types of media on chrondrocyte proliferation and phenotype as well as with Dr. Alan Dang studying the toxic effects of high doses on vancomycin on human mesenchymal stem cells.

Pooja Desai Pooja Desai
Pooja Desai hails from Orange County, California and graduated from Stanford University in 2013. She now works with Dr. Alan Dang to develop mesenchymal stem cell-based, alternative bone grafts that are safer and cheaper than the ones currently used in the operating room. When not in the lab, she can be found exploring the utopia that is San Francisco’s ice cream scene, running, and reading the New Yorker.

Helena Hong Helena Hong
Helena Hong is a recent graduate of University of California, Berkeley, where she completed a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology and caught the research bug. As part of a research team headed by Dr. Alan Dang and Dr. Bernard Halloran, her current aims involve development of a novel self-assembling, cell-based bone graft substitute for use in spinal fusions. She calls the Bay Area home, and enjoys almost all winter sports, gaming, and a good cup of pearl milk tea.

Lawrence Lee Lawrence Lee
Lawrence Lee is a student research assistant working with Dr. Hubert Kim & Dr. Xuhui Liu on projects studying the role of matrix metalloproteases in skeletal muscle atrophy and ischemia-reperfusion injury. He studied molecular/cell biology at UC Berkeley (class of 2012) and is in the process of applying to medical school. Originally from Northridge, California, Lawrence currently resides in Berkeley and enjoys reading, watching movies, and walking around scenic locations.

Bharat Ravishankar Bharat Ravishankar
Bharat Ravishankar, born in Dallas, TX, raised in San Jose, CA, and a graduate of UC Berkeley works with Dr. Brian Feeley to investigate muscle pathology changes following massive rotator cuff tears. During his free time, he enjoys watching, playing and generally obsessing about sports.

Robert Tamai Robert Tamai
Robert Tamai, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii and graduate of Harvard College, works with Dr. Alfred Kuo on a project that evaluates the potential use of osteoarthritic articular chondrocytes for endochondral bone repair. During his free time, he enjoys Yelping and running as well as exploring the enigma known as the stock market.


Research Trip
Staff at the Annual Orthopaedic Research Society Conference (2014) in New Orleans