Brian Feeley, MD

Brian Feeley, MD

Orthopaedic Institute - Sports Medicine


Awards Honors

  • AOSSM Excellence in Research Award
    AOSSM Excellence in Research Award, AOSSM, 2021
  • Charlie Neer Award, Clinical Science
    Charlie Neer Award, Clinical Science, ASES, 2021
  • Charlie Neer Award, Basic Science
    Charlie Neer Award, Basic Science, ASES, 2019
  • Bart Mann Award for Research
    Bart Mann Award for Research, AOSSM, 2017
  • Softball Coach of the Year
    Softball Coach of the Year, SF Little League, 2017
    SF Little League
  • UCSF School of Medicine Teaching Award
    UCSF School of Medicine Teaching Award, UCSF, 2017
  • James O Johnston Teaching Award.
    James O Johnston Teaching Award., Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UC San Francisco., 2014
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UC San Francisco.
  • Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award.
    Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award., OREF/ORS, 2014
  • OREF Career Development Award
    OREF Career Development Award, OREF, 2013
  • George Davies-James Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award
    George Davies-James Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award, JOSPT, 2012
  • WOA Young Investigator Award
    WOA Young Investigator Award, Western Ortho Association, 2012
    Western Ortho Association
  • Young Investigator Grant
    Young Investigator Grant, OREF, 2010
  • Young Investigator Award
    Young Investigator Award, AOSSM, 2009-2010
  • Dawson Outstanding Teaching Award
    Dawson Outstanding Teaching Award, UCLA, 2007

Grants & Awards

  • Utilizing beige fat to improve muscle function after rotator cuff repair
    2018-09-01 - 2023-06-30
    NIH R01AR072669
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Operative versus Non-Operative Treatment for Atraumatic Rotator Cuff Tears: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Pragmatic Trial
    2017-07-01 - 2022-08-31
    PCORI 1605-35413
    Role: CO-Investigator
  • TGF-B and BMP signaling in muscle atrophy and degradation after massive RCT
    2015-10-31 - 2019-10-30
    VA 1I01BX002680-01A2
    Role: Co PI
  • A Clinical 3D Movement Analysis System for Assessing Lower Extremity Injury Risk and Recovery in Athletes
    2016-09-01 - 2018-01-31
    NIH R41AR068202
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Evaluation of satellite cell function after rotator cuff injury and repair
    2017-01-01 - 2017-12-31
    NIH P30 NIH Pilot grant program
    Role: PI
  • Molecular pathophysiology of massive rotator cuff tears
    2012-08-17 - 2016-06-30
    NIH R03AR060871
    Role: Principal Investigator


Sports Medicine Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) 2008
Ortho Residency UCLA 2007
M.D. Stanford University 2001
B.S. Stanford University 1996

About Brian Feeley, MD


Brian Feeley, MD is the Chief of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, and is currently a Professor in Residence. He grew up in the Bay Area, and received his bachelor of science degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine before serving his residency in the UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He completed a sports medicine and shoulder fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where he also served as an assistant team physician to the New York Giants. He has been at UCSF since 2008.


Dr. Feeley's clinical focus is on athletic injuries of the shoulder and knee and the use of minimally invasive/arthroscopic procedures to treat these problems. In the shoulder, he treats rotator cuff tears/impingement, shoulder instability and labral tears, clavicle fractures, shoulder arthritis and shoulder replacement with reverse shoulder arthroplasty. In the knee, he treats ACL and other ligament injuries, meniscus tears, cartilage injuries, and early arthritis.


Dr. Feeley performs research on common shoulder and knee problems. In the shoulder, he is studying the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for the development of muscle atrophy after rotator cuff tears. He runs an NIH-funded lab studying how muscle stem cells result in changes to the muscle tissue, and how to stimulate these cells to differentiate in ways to improve muscle function (


In the knee, he is evaluating techniques to use low cost motion analysis to improve lower extremity kinematics and decrease injury and re-injury risk after injuries and surgical procedures.


He has published over 170 peer reviewed articles, review studies, and book chapters, as well as a book on rotator cuff injuries. He has received the AOSSM and OREF Young Investigator Awards for his research, and in 2012 received the Western Orthopaedic Young Investigator Award. He is currently funded by the NIH and OREF for his research, and was the 2014 Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award winner from the OREF and ORS. In 2017, he won teaching awards from the UCSF school of medicine and a research award from the AOSSM.


Dr. Feeley is currently the team physician for St. Ignatius College Prep High School. He also serves as the UCSF sports medicine associate fellowship director and associate program director for the UCSF Orthopedic Surgery residency. He is an avid surfer, and prefers Ocean Beach, San Diego, and Kauai for surfing. In his spare time he coaches his daughters' softball teams in San Francisco Little League.