John G. Costouros, MD, FACS

Shoulder and elbow surgeon

Bio:   Dr. Costouros specializes in the comprehensive treatment of shoulder disorders with both arthroscopic and open techniques. He is Board-Certified by the American Board 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, fractures 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.
4.7 out of 5
434 Patient Ratings
34 Patient Comments

Hand and Upper Limb Center

Shoulder Surgery Services

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2008)
  • Board Certification: Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2011)
  • 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

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

Administrative Appointments

  • Admissions Committee, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine (1995 - 1998)
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Kinesiology, San Jose State University (2006 - Present)
  • Team Physician, San Jose State University Athletics (2006 - Present)
  • Adunct Professor, Graduate School of Athletic Training, San Jose State University (2007 - Present)
  • Medical Director, Graduate School of Athletic Training, San Jose State University (2008 - Present)
  • Board of Directors, Leroy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society (UC San Francisco) (2008 - Present)
  • President, Northern California Chapter of the Western Orthopaedic Association (NCCWOA) (2011 - Present)
  • President, Leroy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society (UC San Francisco) (2011 - Present)
  • President, Northern California Orthopaedic Society (NCOS) (2012 - Present)
  • Bylaws Committee, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) (2012 - Present)
  • Admissions Committee, Stanford University School of Medicine (2012 - Present)
  • Medical Advisory Committee, United Healthcare (UHC) (2014 - Present)
  • International Committee, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) (2014 - Present)

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Listens

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Includes you in decisions

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Clear Communication

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Wait times

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

I had complete confidence in Dr. John Costouros. I have recommended him to others a dozen times. If needed, I will choose him again.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Costouros is one of the best doctors I've ever known.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I have already been "singing your praises" to every one

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Costouros took the time to explain my problem in a way that I could understand and explained my options which allowed me to make an informed decision as to how I would like to proceed. He was also a very pleasant man. I left feeling confident that surgery was the way to proceed. His intern was very knowledgeable and pleasant as well.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

I do not believe I have ever had a better experience at any hospital or medical office, the only other place that comes close is Austin Heart health in Texas

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

in my opinion Stanford is the gold standard to measure other providers.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Mendocino patients want Dr. C to move here.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

The confidence in all of my Stanford Health Center careproviders is off the chart!

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Was excellent

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr. Costouros, Dr. Heintz and all of their residents, fellows and assoc. were awesome. Great. Thanks.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Good communicator with sense of humor when appropriate.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

doctor good PA fair

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4.7 out of 5
434 Patient Ratings
34 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

I had complete confidence in Dr. John Costouros. I have recommended him to others a dozen times. If needed, I will choose him again.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Costouros is one of the best doctors I've ever known.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I have already been "singing your praises" to every one

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Costouros took the time to explain my problem in a way that I could understand and explained my options which allowed me to make an informed decision as to how I would like to proceed. He was also a very pleasant man. I left feeling confident that surgery was the way to proceed. His intern was very knowledgeable and pleasant as well.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

I do not believe I have ever had a better experience at any hospital or medical office, the only other place that comes close is Austin Heart health in Texas

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

in my opinion Stanford is the gold standard to measure other providers.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Mendocino patients want Dr. C to move here.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

The confidence in all of my Stanford Health Center careproviders is off the chart!

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Was excellent

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr. Costouros, Dr. Heintz and all of their residents, fellows and assoc. were awesome. Great. Thanks.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Good communicator with sense of humor when appropriate.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

doctor good PA fair

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

very professional, smart , knowledgeable doctor!

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

I will go to no one else other than Dr. Costouros. He has my trust and I have great faith in his ability as a top surgeon in his field

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Great.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Costouros is great! I have already recommended him to a neighbor who has chosen him as her surgeon.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Tends to be rushed but that's not his fault per se, more the fault of "the system."

SHC Patient, May 2015

Very good system .Please keep it up .

SHC Patient, May 2015

Dr. C and his staff have provided nothing but the best care I have ever had for my shoulder. I have had 5 surgeries and Dr. C listened to my concerns, took his time explaining options and provided me the best outcome for my shoulder.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

great

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I not sure I agree with advice that I could use ibuprofin during non-operative rehab based on studies I read that have shown it interferes with ligament remodeling

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I consider myself fortunate to be seen by my care provider, no matter how inconvenient it is to reschedule when necessary.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Great doc/personal & attentive/listens - spot on with treatment/great confidence in him.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

The best provider to date.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

no follow up after the surgery

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Dr. Costouros is an excellent surgeon however he did not explain the results of my MRI or what to expect after surgery, neither did his resident.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

Dr. Costouros has been great.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Good.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

It was a pleasant experience with the care provider.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Up most concerns, everyone was great.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

They gave good care.

SHC Patient, May 2014

I recommend that any friends or family go here or no where else, me too.

SHC Patient, May 2014

Again great care!

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Great staff.