David McAllister, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery, Los Angeles, CA


Orthopaedic Surgery Los Angeles, CA

Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Chief of Sports Medicine, UCLA-David Geffen School of Medicine

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  • Dr. McAllister is a native of Southern California. After being born and raised in Claremont, he attended Univeristy of California, San Diego where he obtained a B.A. in physiology in 1988. In 1992, he graduated from the Ohio State University with a M.D. degree and started a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Univerisity of California, Irvine.

    After completing his orthopaedic training in 1997, he moved on to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for a sports medicine fellowship under the supervision of Dr. John Bergfeld. While in Cleveland he became especially interested knee ligaments and completed a number of studies relating to the PCL.

    In 1998, he accepted a full-time faculty position in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA where he continues to work. In addition to running a busy sports medicine practice, he is actively involved in research and in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows. He has continued to study knee ligament injuries and new methods of PCL and PLC reconstruction. He is also interested in tissue engineering and has designed a series of projects focusing on engineering of an ACL graft substitute.

    He is currently an associate team physician with the UCLA Athletic Department and serves as team physician for the men's & women's soccer team, women's gymnastics team, and the men's & women's track teams.

Education & Training

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Cleveland Clinic FoundationFellowship, Sports Medicine, 1997 - 1998
  • University of California Irvine
    University of California IrvineResidency, Orthopedic Surgery, 1992 - 1997
  • The Ohio State University College of Medicine
    The Ohio State University College of MedicineClass of 1992

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1993 - 2023
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Top Doctors - Orthopaedic Surgery Castle Connolly
  • Best Doctor - Orthopaedic Surgery / Orthopaedic Sports Medicine U.S. News
  • Super Doctor - Orthopaedic Surgery; Sports Medicine Southern California/Los Angeles Super Doctors of Southern California/Los Angeles

Publications & Presentations


Press Mentions

  • Member of Pac-12'S COVID-19 Advisory Committee 'Very Confident' in Athlete Safety
    Member of Pac-12'S COVID-19 Advisory Committee 'Very Confident' in Athlete SafetyJune 6th, 2020

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