John G. Costouros, MD, FACS

Shoulder and elbow surgeon

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center
Dr. Costouros specializes in the comprehensive treatment of shoulder disorders with both arthroscopic and open techniques. He is Board-Certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine. He has particular expertise in traditional and reverse shoulder replacements, rotator cuff repair, and sports injuries of the shoulder.

He is Past President of the Northern California Orthopaedic Society, Northern California Chapter of the Western Orthopaedic Association, and the Leroy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society. He is an active member of the society of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), and the European Shoulder and Elbow Society (SECEC). His research is focused on enhancing clinical outcomes using molecular mediators, stem cells, biologics, and the design of state-of-the-art implants used in shoulder surgery.

Hand and Upper Limb Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-5256
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Shoulder Surgery Services

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-498-7555
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Professional Education

Fellowship: Harvard Medical School (2004) MA

Fellowship, University of Zurich, Balgrist Hospital, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (2005)

Residency: University of California San Francisco (2004) CA

Fellowship, University of California San Francisco, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cartilage Injury, Arthritis (2002)

Internship: University of California San Francisco (1999) CA

Medical Education: University of California San Francisco (1998) CA

B.S. with Honors, Stanford University, Biological Sciences (1994)

Honors & Awards

Leaders in Total Joint Replacement: Generation Next Award, Orthopaedics Today (2013)

Young Investigator Award, Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA) (2013)

Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) Honorary International Traveling Fellow, American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) (2011)

Research Award, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) (2006)

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy (2005)

Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research, Leroy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) (2004)

Research Poster of the Year, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) (2003)

Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research, Leroy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) (2002)

Research Fellowship, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) (2002)

Alumni Scholarship for Academic Excellence, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine (1997)

Firestone Honorary Research Fellowship, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine (1995)

Departmental Honors, Stanford University, Department of Biological Sciences (1994)

Administrative Appointments

International Committee, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) (2014 - Present)

Medical Advisory Committee, United Healthcare (UHC) (2014 - Present)

Admissions Committee, Stanford University School of Medicine (2012 - Present)

Bylaws Committee, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) (2012 - Present)

President, Northern California Orthopaedic Society (NCOS) (2012 - Present)

President, Leroy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society (UC San Francisco) (2011 - Present)

President, Northern California Chapter of the Western Orthopaedic Association (NCCWOA) (2011 - Present)

Board of Directors, Leroy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society (UC San Francisco) (2008 - Present)

Medical Director, Graduate School of Athletic Training, San Jose State University (2008 - Present)

Adunct Professor, Graduate School of Athletic Training, San Jose State University (2007 - Present)

Team Physician, San Jose State University Athletics (2006 - Present)

Adjunct Professor, Department of Kinesiology, San Jose State University (2006 - Present)

Admissions Committee, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine (1995 - 1998)

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

Risk of Thromboembolism in Shoulder Arthroplasty: Effect of Implant Type and Traumatic Indication
Navarro, R. A., Inacio, M. Cs., Burke, M. F., Costouros, J. G., & Yian, E. H. (2013). Risk of Thromboembolism in Shoulder Arthroplasty: Effect of Implant Type and Traumatic Indication. CLINICAL ORTHOPAEDICS AND RELATED RESEARCH, 471(5), 1576-1581.

Total shoulder arthroplasty with an uncemented soft-metal-backed glenoid component
Fucentese, S. F., Costouros, J. G., Kuehnel, S.-P., & Gerber, C. (2010). Total shoulder arthroplasty with an uncemented soft-metal-backed glenoid component. JOURNAL OF SHOULDER AND ELBOW SURGERY, 19(4), 624-631.

Static posterior humeral head subluxation and total shoulder arthroplasty
Gerber, C., Costouros, J. G., Sukthankar, A., & Fucentese, S. F. (2009). Static posterior humeral head subluxation and total shoulder arthroplasty. JOURNAL OF SHOULDER AND ELBOW SURGERY, 18(4), 505-510.

Teres minor integrity predicts outcome of latissimus dorsi tendon transfer for irreparable rotator cuff tears
Costouros, J. G., Espinosa, N., Schmid, M. R., & Gerber, C. (2007). Teres minor integrity predicts outcome of latissimus dorsi tendon transfer for irreparable rotator cuff tears. JOURNAL OF SHOULDER AND ELBOW SURGERY, 16(6), 727-734.

Reversal of suprascapular neuropathy following arthroscopic repair of massive supraspinatus and infraspinatus rotator cuff tears
Costouros, J. G., Porramatikul, M., Lie, D. T., & Warner, J. Jp. (2007). Reversal of suprascapular neuropathy following arthroscopic repair of massive supraspinatus and infraspinatus rotator cuff tears. ARTHROSCOPY-THE JOURNAL OF ARTHROSCOPIC AND RELATED SURGERY, 23(11), 1152-1161.

Preventing chondrocyte programmed cell death caused by iatrogenic injury
Costouros, J. G., & Kim, H. T. (2007). Preventing chondrocyte programmed cell death caused by iatrogenic injury. KNEE, 14(2), 107-111.

Trans-cuff portal for arthroscopic posterior capsulorrhaphy
Costouros, J. G., Clavert, P., & Warner, J. Jp. (2006). Trans-cuff portal for arthroscopic posterior capsulorrhaphy. ARTHROSCOPY-THE JOURNAL OF ARTHROSCOPIC AND RELATED SURGERY, 22(10).

Comparison of chondrocyte apoptosis in vivo and in vitro following acute osteochondral injury
Costouros, J. G., Dang, A. C., & Kim, H. T. (2004). Comparison of chondrocyte apoptosis in vivo and in vitro following acute osteochondral injury. JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC RESEARCH, 22(3), 678-683.

Congenital diplopodia
Brower, J. S., Wootton-Gorges, S. L., Costouros, J. G., Boakes, J., & Greenspan, A. (2003). Congenital diplopodia. PEDIATRIC RADIOLOGY, 33(11), 797-799.

Inhibition of chondrocyte apoptosis in vivo following acute osteochondral injury
Costouros, J. G., Dang, A. C., & Kim, H. T. (2003). Inhibition of chondrocyte apoptosis in vivo following acute osteochondral injury. OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE, 11(10), 756-759.

Return of motion after simultaneous repair of displaced bucket-handle meniscal tears and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
Costouros, J. G., Raineri, G. R., & Cannon, W. D. (1999). Return of motion after simultaneous repair of displaced bucket-handle meniscal tears and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. ARTHROSCOPY-THE JOURNAL OF ARTHROSCOPIC AND RELATED SURGERY, 15(2), 192-196.