Alan Zhang, MD, to serve as Medical Director of the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute


SAN FRANCISCO (June 26, 2023) -- The UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is pleased to announce that Alan Zhang, MD will serve as Medical Director of the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute effective July 1, 2023.

Dr. Zhang is a professor and an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder.

As a leader at the Orthopaedic Institute, Dr. Zhang has worked as the Chair for the New Product Request Committee for the last 3 years, during which he became familiar with operational budgets and the value of cost-conscious practices. In this role, he worked to negotiate with vendors for competitive market pricing and in doing so have helped to save the OI more than $100,000 per year in carrying costs for OR supplies and implants.

Over the past three years, Dr. Zhang has also co-chaired the Department’s Research Committee; in this role, he became familiar with budgeting for the department’s research initiatives and research infrastructure, he lead the committee’s processes in grant allocation and management, and he served as Editor of the annual Research Report.

In clinical care, Dr. Zhang is Director of the UCSF Hip Preservation Center, a combined adult-and-pediatric orthopaedic program to provide a unique continuum of care model for all patients.

In medical education, Dr. Zhang is Director of the prestigious Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery Fellowship; during his five years as Fellowship Director, he has worked collaboratively with the UCSF Graduate Medical Education office to expand our program from two to three fellows. Dr. Zhang also serves as team physician for the University of San Francisco NCAA Division I teams and Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco.

As a researcher, Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He was elected to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Council of Delegates and is an editorial board member for the American Journal of Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Journal. He is an invited international speaker and has published over 150 research articles, winning numerous awards on his studies. He is also an instructor for advanced hip arthroscopy courses and is a member of the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy.

Dr. Zhang received his undergraduate degree from Rice University before earning a medical degree from UCSD School of Medicine. Dr. Zhang completed residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA Medical Center followed by a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at UCSF. Dr. Zhang joined the Department Faculty in 2013.