Biography


Dr. Steven Isono is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine as well as surgery of the knee and shoulder. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in both Orthopaedic Surgery and in Sports Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Isono grew up in the East Bay and graduated as the Valedictorian of Oakland High School during which he participated in Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field with All-State Honors in Gymnastics. He received a BA with Honors in Biochemistry from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and wrote his Research Thesis on Erythrocyte Abnormalities in Sickle Cell Anemia. He then received his MD from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois and also performed research on Liver Hepatomas during medical school. His Internship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery were both completed at Stanford with additional training in Microsurgery in Japan at the Kyoto University Hospital and the Tokyo Metropolitan Hospital.

He is serving as Team Physician and Consultant for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPSC) for Men’s Swimming, Triathlon, Judo, Taekwondo, Track and Field, Men’s Rowing, and Boxing), the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), the Oakland Panthers (Professional Indoor Football League), and Laney College. He was Team Physician for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) for many years and completed this role in 2019. He is also a consultant for the Special Olympics, Ironman World Triathlon Championships, Dew Tour of Action Sports, and Association of Volleyball Professionals.

In addition to covering numerous National and International World Championship competitions, he has served as the Orthopedic Surgeon for TEAM USA for the 2015 XVII Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, the 2016 XXXI Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aries, Argentina as well as the 2019 XVIII Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Dr. Isono was appointed the TEAM USA Head Team Physician at the 2021 XXXII Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in July 2021 and the 2022 XXIV Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Dr. Isono also is a founder of a Non-Profit organization called the One Nation Project located in West Oakland. This program uses sports as an avenue to mentor kids-at-risk and involves kids from lower school through high school. Of his “first class” of kids, 10 of 11 kids graduated high school and college with a few of his “kids” becoming an Astrophysicist, a Financial Consultant, a Deputy Sheriff, and an Attorney. He is the co-founder of a second Non-Profit organization called Civic Assets which is a program for assisting Veterans affected with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) transition and assimilate into society.

Dr. Isono is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, Olympic Sports Medicine Society, Arthroscopy Association of North America, California Orthopaedic Association, Western Orthopaedic Association, NBA Team Physicians Society, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He also holds the position of an Expert Medical Reviewer for the Medical Board of California.

Among his many honors, Dr. Isono has earned the “Top Doctors in Sports Medicine” award in the California Magazine, Oakland Magazine, and Bay Area Consumer’s Checkbook, the Patients’ Choice Award for California’s Favorite Physicians, and designated among “America’s Top Orthopedists” and "Sports Medicine Physicians" by Consumer’s Research Council of America.

Professional Summary


Professional Education
  • B.A., Harvard University, Biochemical Sciences (1978)
  • M.D., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Medical School (1982)
  • Internship, Stanford University Medical Center, General Surgery (1983)
  • Residency, Stanford University Medical Center, Orthopaedic Surgery (1987)
  • Board Certification, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery (1989)
  • ReCertification, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery (1999)
  • Certicate Added Qualification, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine (2007)
  • ReCertification, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery (2009)
  • ReCertification, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery (2018)
  • ReCertification, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine (2018)

Administrative Appointments
  • Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (2017 - Present)

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Practice Locations


Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Emeryville Emeryville, CA
Emeryville, CA

6121 Hollis Street, Suite 900

Emeryville , CA 94608

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Dr. Isono is excellent!
Everyone was exceptional. Special thanks to Maria C. and Elvira. Dr. Isono always exceptional..
Dr. Isono is knowledgeable, caring, and communicates well.
Dr. Isono is GREAT!!!!!
Dr Isono is exceptional. Discussed all the findings and addressed all of my questions
Dr Steven Isono is the BEST!!! His staff is very helpful as well.
The best!
Outstanding medical care. Thank you, Dr Isono!
Dr Isono is amazing! He shapes and individualizes a treatment course best for the patient. Highly recommend Dr Isono!
Dr Isono is a superb clinician. Top physicians! Great bedside manners, which is rare to find. Technically gifted orthopedic surgeon. Would strongly recommend him !
professional, friendly, proficient
Dr. Isono and his MA Maria are both excellent.
Dr. Isono is an excellent doctor, who explains very clearly what was going on with my knee and what I needed to be doing.
Dr. Isono is terrific.
Dr Isono is fantastic! Thank you!
Excellent provider
There's Dr. Isono, and then there's everyone else...
Great experience
Tho’ I come in with pain, I leave happy to know I’m in great hands. I wish all of my doctors were as awesome as Dr Isono.
Always top notch service
I have known Dr. Isono for a long time and value his advice.
Excellent patient care from start to finish!
All the staff were friendly and helpful during all of my interactions with them, and the doctor was really wonderful. He was able to share information about my injury with me that no one else had previously, and he presented treatment options to me that I hadn’t known about. All in all, I felt like I was in capable hands and I had hope for the future walking out that I didn’t have walking in to my appointment.
an exceptional physican and person
Very helpful and encouraging
Very nice and smart doctor
One of the best end-to-end experiences during a healthcare visit.
Dr. Isono and his staff were very helpful and professional. I truly appreciate Dr. Isono's clear and practical explanation of orthopedic issues and approach to the patient. Excellent care!
Dr. Isono was amazing.
Seeing Doctor Isono is like visiting an old friend. He really makes you feel like he cares!
Dr Isono is the best!!!!!!
Extremely knowledgeable, engaging, listens to his patient, patient centered by Ian. He did not rush during his assessments and explained the MRI and possible treatment
Excellent consultation. I was impressed with his knowledge and manner both
Very warm and friendly
A fabulous person and excellent clinician. I’m grateful he is part of my health care team!!!
Dr. Isono is very knowledgeable and very helpful
This is based on a visit with Dr. Isono
Dr. Isono was personable and very professional. I felt like I finally got the right answers I needed to help me get through this knee pain
Steve Isono is The Best! So knowledgeable and patient-centered; down-to-earth and responsive; straightforward and caring. Wouldn’t trade him for any other Orthopedist,. Ever!
Dr. Isono is the best! Happy to be able to have an in office visit.
Dr. Isono is a phenomenal doctor!
Dr. Isono is excellent!
Dr isono is the best!
Always the best
Dr. Isono was personable and took time to explain the knee structure and my current status (good) and future (good). HE did not need to spend as much time with me and it was greatly appreciated.
Best ortho dr ever ! Really nice front desk staff
Exceptional doctor, exceptional team.
Dr. Isono is an awesome doctor! He goes over what progress we’ve gained after surgery. He asks how I feel and does mention I should feel the stretch in another area. So that’s good I know to work on another muscle area. He addresses any questions I ask. He has a good personality!
Everyone is wonderful in this office! Dr Isono is thorough, caring and informative and provides individualized care.
Dr. Isono is the best! The whole staff is lovely.
Steve Isono is amazing
Always great care and conversation with Dr. Isono
Dr. Isono is so knowledgeable, personal, and easy to talk with. I would recommend him to everyone. I will continue to view him as a valuable resource for myself.
really good at his job
Dr. Isono is the best
Dr. Isono was exceptional.
Dr. Isono & staff are the best!
Dr. Isono is such a kind man! He's not arrogant at all unlike many specialists who are top at thier profession.
Dr. Isono is excellent. Very thorough and caring.
Dr. Isono is the best surgeon and one of the kindest and sharpest people I’ve ever met.
Thank you Dr. Isono for seeing me.
Dr. Isono and staff are wonderful!
Dr. Isono is the greatest! Thankful for his service.
Dr Isono is the best.
Great doctor
Steve Isono is a truly great physician!
I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Isono. His scheduler, Maria, is great too.
Dr S Isono is probably the best doctor I’ve ever had. He is extremely knowledgeable and kind. I would recommend Dr Isono to anyone who has an orthopedic concern.
Dr. Isono is the best.
Dr. Isono is exceptionally good. I am already recommending him to others.
My "care provider" is not the problem. Your administrative (including EPIC) capabilities are completely dysfunctional!!! I've seen my doc for many, many years, and his staff was impeccable. At Stanford? It's been a scheduling/communication mess!
Dr. Isono is Tier 1 and outstanding.
For people who need surgery, I would definitely recommend someone else.
Dr Isono is great.
Overall great experience and parking available
Dr. Isono was very attentive, empathetic, and clearly answered my questions and explained procedures.
The best and my husband has 30 year history with Dr. isono. He has always really explained the situations in easy to understand terms. His approach is conservative which we appreciate, unlike Muir Orthopedics where prior insurance insisted we go. We quit going there, waited for our medi-care to kick in.
Dr Isono's bedside manner is the best I have experienced with any physician. He took the time to explain what was happening with our knees and what the options would be. His explanations were easy to follow. He then lead us into another room for a Video X-ray to confirm his thoughts in real time so we knew what was to come Dr. Isono raises the bar for all physicians, I am just lucky he is my Doctor.
World class doctor.
Dr. Isono and scheduler, Angelo are tops
Dr. Isono is excellent!
His personality really made u comfortable
Dr Isono is THE BEST, period.
Dr Isono is a rockstar physician with whom I have been very fortunate to consult for 30 years. He has provided medical care for me that is beyond comparison. He has performed numerous surgeries on me over the years. I have recommended him to my colleagues, and they have all been equally ecstatic. He is the gold standard in the SF Bay Area.
good experience
Dr. Isono best ever in all respects!

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