Fellowship & Research

At Sports Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine Associates, it has always been our goal to provide exceptional orthopedic care, while furthering the discipline of orthopedics and sports medicine though our fellowship program and our research program.

SOAR Foundation for Research and Education

The physicians at SOAR are proud to continue a tradition of research and education in addition to their clinical practice. For the past 16 years, the practice has supported a Fellowship in Sports Medicine Training for Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Graduates. Accredited by the Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and supported by this independent, 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 of keeping our patients healthy and active.
If you wish for 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

The Sports Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine Associates (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 Sharks, Stanford University, Santa Clara University and other Bay Area universities and community colleges.

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. The fellows will be exposed to a high volume of operative experience and also gain in 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 has always been our goal to provide exceptional orthopedic care, while furthering the discipline of orthopedics and sports medicine though our fellowship program and our research program. It is exciting to shape the knowledge and career of some of the worlds most promising physicians, and each year we look forward to welcoming three exceptional fellows into our program.

We welcome and support three new fellows each August. They continue our tradition of training excellence in the sports medicine field.

Research and innovation at SOAR

SOAR was the first orthopedic group in the United States to test and utilize fiber optic laser techniques in arthroscopic procedures and are recognized internationally for their contribution to orthopedic laser surgery and thermally assisted surgery. Currently, numerous surgeons in the United States are employing the use of radio frequency (RF) devices in surgery. These devices and techniques were pioneered at SOAR. In addition, SOAR surgeons remain active in the testing and development of new devices, products, and techniques that are used internationally. SOAR has always remained on the forefront of technology and innovation.

Current areas of research include:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Using Cryopreserved Allografts ( A five year and a ten year study)
  • Long-Term Follow-up of Osteoarticular Allograft Transplantation for Humeral Head Defects in Glenohumeral Instability
  • 10Gait Analysis Before and After Distal Femoral Osteotomy for the Management of Lateral Knee Compartment Osteoarthritis (Pending)