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


Dr. Brian Feeley is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in using arthroscopic (minimally invasive) procedures to care for patients with athletic injuries of the shoulder or knee. In the shoulder, he treats rotator cuff tears or impingement, labral tears and other causes of instability, clavicle fractures and shoulder arthritis, and he performs shoulder replacement surgery. In the knee, he treats anterior cruciate and other ligament injuries, meniscus tears, cartilage injuries and early arthritis. He is section chief of the UCSF Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery and director of the Muscle Stem Cell Lab.

Feeley's research focuses on common knee and shoulder problems, including causes of muscle atrophy after rotator cuff tears. He also investigates how stem cells within muscle change the muscle tissue and how to stimulate these cells to improve function after injury. For the knee, he studies how to use low-cost motion analysis to decrease injury or re-injury after initial damage and surgical procedures.

After earning a bachelor's degree in biology and his medical degree at Stanford University, Feeley completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where he served as an assistant team physician to the New York Giants football team. He has been at UCSF since 2008.

Feeley has published more than 230 peer-reviewed articles, review studies and book chapters, as well as a book on rotator cuff injuries. He is associate director of UCSF's residency program in orthopedic surgery.

Feeley has served on the scientific advisory board for the National Football League and serves on several national orthopedic research and leadership committees. He has received young investigator awards from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, and Western Orthopaedic Association. He has also received a teaching award from the UCSF School of Medicine as well as research awards from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.

Feeley serves as team physician for St. Ignatius College Preparatory high school. An avid surfer, he especially enjoys the waves at San Francisco's Ocean Beach, in San Diego and on Kauai. In his spare time, he watches his five children's sports teams and co-hosts the UCSF podcast "Six to Eight Weeks: Perspectives on Sports Medicine."