Foundation for Research and Education

SOAR physicians are proud to continue a tradition of research and education in addition to their clinical practice. For many years, SOAR has supported a Fellowship in Sports Medicine Training for Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Graduates. Accredited by the Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the SOAR program seeks to continue a tradition of excellence in musculoskeletal education.

In addition to independent endeavors, Fellows and Faculty members collaborate with academic institutions and industry partners in order to research the most effective ways to keep our patients healthy and active.
If you wish to receive more information or to support these efforts through a tax-deductible donation, please contact Joseph P. Donahue, MD at (650) 995-1285.

SOAR Sports Medicine Fellowship

SOAR offers three ACGME accredited fellowship positions in Sports Medicine annually. The primary purpose of the SOAR Fellowship is to provide an exceptional experience in preparation for the practice of sports medicine. Fellows are immersed in a clinical practice that provides musculoskeletal care to the San Francisco Giants, San Jose Giants, Santa Clara University and other Bay Area team athletes.

This program focuses on developing the skills and knowledge base allowing precise diagnosis of musculoskeletal problems including the use of a wide variety of diagnostic modalities. Fellows are exposed to a high volume of operative experience and gain intimate knowledge of rehabilitation and management of post-operative issues. The anatomic areas covered include significant experience in the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle, with additional experience available in the wrist, hand and foot.

It is exciting to shape the knowledge and career of some of the world’s most promising physicians and each August we look forward to welcoming three exceptional fellows into our program.

Research and Innovation at SOAR

SOAR surgeons remain active in the testing and development of new devices, products and techniques, to ensure that our patients benefit from the latest developments in the field of orthopedic medicine. For example:

  • SOAR was the first orthopedic group in the United States to test and utilize fiber optic laser techniques in arthroscopic procedures.
  • SOAR is recognized internationally for their contribution to orthopedic laser surgery and thermally assisted surgery.
  • SOAR pioneered the radio frequency (RF) devices and techniques currently used by numerous surgeons across the United States.

Current areas of research include:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Using Cryopreserved Allografts (five and ten year studies)
  • Long-Term Follow-up of Osteoarticular Allograft Transplantation for Humeral Head Defects in Glenohumeral Instability
  • Gait Analysis Before and After Distal Femoral Osteotomy for the Management of Lateral Knee Compartment Osteoarthritis (Pending)