John G. Costouros, MD, FACS

Shoulder surgeon, Sports medicine surgeon, Sports medicine doctor, Orthopaedic trauma surgeon

Bio:   Dr. Costouros specializes in the comprehensive treatment of shoulder disorders using both arthroscopic and open surgical techniques. He is Board-Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, and has a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine. He has particular expertise in traditional and reverse shoulder replacements, stemless shoulder arthroplasty, rotator cuff repair, the treatment of shoulder instability, revision shoulder surgery, and the treatment of sports injuries and fractures of the clavicle and shoulder girdle. He has developed innovative techniques and devices which are FDA-approved and in clinical use worldwide.

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), European Shoulder and Elbow Society (SECEC), and International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Sports Medicine (ISAKOS). 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

Shoulder and Elbow Clinic

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship (2004) MA
  • Residency: UCSF Dept of Orthopedic Surgery (2004) CA
  • Internship: UCSF Dept of General Surgery (1999) CA
  • Medical Education: University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (1998) CA
  • Board Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2008)
  • Board Certification: Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2011)
  • Fellowship, University of Zurich, Balgrist Hospital, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (2005)
  • Fellowship, University of California San Francisco, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cartilage Injury, Arthritis (2002)
  • B.S. with Honors, Stanford University, Biological Sciences (1994)

Honors & Awards

  • Alumni Scholarship for Academic Excellence, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine (1997)
  • Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research, Leroy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) (2002)
  • Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research, Leroy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) (2004)
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy (2005)
  • Departmental Honors, Stanford University, Department of Biological Sciences (1994)
  • Firestone Honorary Research Fellowship, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine (1995)
  • Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) Honorary International Traveling Fellow, American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) (2011)
  • Leaders in Total Joint Replacement: Generation Next Award, Orthopaedics Today (2013)
  • Research Award, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) (2006)
  • Research Fellowship, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) (2002)
  • Research Poster of the Year, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) (2003)
  • Young Investigator Award, Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA) (2013)

Administrative Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Kinesiology, San Jose State University (2006 - 2013)
  • Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Athletic Training, San Jose State University (2007 - 2013)
  • Admissions Committee, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine (1995 - 1998)
  • Admissions Committee, Stanford University School of Medicine (2012 - Present)
  • American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons Recertification Examination Committee, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (2017 - Present)
  • Board of Directors, Leroy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society (UC San Francisco) (2008 - Present)
  • Board of Directors, The Codman Shoulder Society (CSS) (2016 - Present)
  • Bylaws Committee, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) (2012 - Present)
  • Chair, Instructional Course Lectures Committee, Shoulder & Elbow Sessions, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 85th and 86th Annual Meeting (2018 - Present)
  • Grants Committee, American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons Foundation (ASES) (2017 - Present)
  • International Committee, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) (2014 - Present)
  • Medical Advisory Committee, United Healthcare (UHC) (2014 - Present)
  • Medical Director, Graduate School of Athletic Training, San Jose State University (2008 - 2013)
  • Membership Committee, American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons (ASES) (2016 - Present)
  • President, Northern California Chapter of the Western Orthopaedic Association (NCCWOA) (2011 - 2012)
  • President, Northern California Orthopaedic Society (NCOS) (2011 - 2012)
  • President, Leroy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society (UC San Francisco) (2011 - 2013)
  • Program Committee, Shoulder & Elbow Sessions, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting (2012 - 2016)
  • Standard Setting Exercise Committee, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Certification/Recertification Examination in Sports Medicine (2017 - Present)
  • Team Physician, San Jose State University Athletics (2006 - 2012)

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