Our Practice

A. Shabi Khan, M.D.

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Dr. A. Shabi Khan received his undergraduate degree at the University of California at Berkeley and attended medical school at the University of California at San Francisco. He trained in orthopedic surgery and received his specialist training at Stanford University Hospital. He sub-specialized in arthroscopic surgery and Sports Medicine at the Hospital for Joint Disease in New York, NYU.

His team affiliations in the past have included the New York Mets, U.S. Open Tennis Tournament and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Currently he has several consulting roles, including San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco, and Skyline College. Lastly, he consults for many amateur league sports teams in the area. 

Sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery as a medical science are constantly evolving with sophisticated technology, progressive techniques, and exciting new frontiers. In a continuing effort to keep abreast of these new developments, Dr. Khan regularly attends national and international meetings, where he participates in workshops with colleagues and other specialists. This professional exchange of information ensures that his services are the most up-to-date.

Arthroscopic Specialist

Minimally invasive Arthroscopic Surgery has undergone a revolution over the last five to ten years. Although injuries and problems to the larger joints have been around as long as we have, their treatment has completely changed. Arthroscopic surgery has allowed us to see the larger joints in action from the inside. These include the shoulder and knee as the most common, but also the ankle, hip, elbow and wrist. As such, our understanding of their function has grown immensely. Naturally, more than just seeing, we have now honed our skills at treating the very same problems that occur in these joints.

Not every orthopedic surgeon has the training and expertise to perform arthroscopic surgery. The skills and tools used to treat these joints through arthroscopic means are entirely different than those through open surgery. We are convinced that arthroscopic treatment is the “way to go” if a surgical procedure is indicated.

Dr. Shabi Khan specializes in the care of all of your joints, which constitutes the broad category of sports medicine

Arthroscopic SHOULDER Specialist

  • Virtually every shoulder surgery is performed arthroscopically.
  • All rotator cuff tears are repaired using arthroscopic techniques.
  • When you have shoulder surgery, you need more than just surgery. Specialized care is required in the full spectrum of peri-operative shoulder care including exercises, medications, injections and supervised rehabilitation. When you have your shoulder repaired by us, all of these services are provided.
  • As with anything else, the more experienced and specialized, the better the quality. We do more arthroscopic shoulder repairs than anyone in our area.

Arthroscopic KNEE Specialist

  • The most common of all orthopedic procedures, what is perhaps most important is having a high enough volume to have seen every problem and treated every tear literally thousands of times
  • All meniscus and ACL tears are repaired using fully arthroscopic techniques.
  • The knee is affected throughout life, from bands that grow and require radiofrequency arthroscopic techniques during the teenage years, to tears and arthritic spurs that need specialized procedures during our elder years.
  • The most common procedure of all, repairing the meniscus, is not the same in everyone’s hands. The art of placing a camera scope carefully inside the knee, not harming any of the surrounding cartilage, efficiently getting the job done and sparing the meniscus is of ultimate importance.

Arthroscopic ANKLE Specialist

  • The ankle is a much smaller joint than the knee and shoulder, and as such provides its own challenges.
  • Perhaps unlike the other 3 big joints in the body most amenable to arthroscopy (Shoulder, Knee and Hip), the ankle arthroscopist needs to be the most careful in not harming any cartilage during a procedure.
  • Again, all of Dr. Khan’s ankle surgeries are either fully arthroscopic or arthroscopically assisted. This means that no significant incisions are needed. For the ankle, this is especially important, since any significant incisions in and around the foot or ankle can have the most difficult time in healing.
  • Khan particularly specializes in the Modified Brostrum procedure; this is arguably the most common type of ankle procedure no involving a fracture, where the ligaments on the outside of the ankle need to be repaired and tightened. Again, a very careful and thoughtful approach to this procedure needs to be taken. One needs to not over-tighten these ligaments, thus possibly leading to permanent ankle stiffness, nor under-tighten, leading to a less than optimum result.

Arthroscopic HIP Specialist

  • Unlike the other 3 joints above, the hip is the least “busy” joint when it comes to arthroscopic surgery. All the while, it probably has the steepest learning curve as well.
  • Hip arthroscopy poses its own unique challenges. Specialized tables, real time x-ray (fluoroscopy) and monitored traction all add variables.
  • Both knowledge and experience of hip arthroscopy is crucial; the field has exploded in the last 10 years. Before this time, we were truly at our infancy when it came to addressing the hip arthroscopically.
  • The most common reasons to treat the hip include tears of the labrum, loose chips of bone and cartilage and bone spurs around the hip joint. Data around the latter of these is showing that certain bone spurs can lead to earlier than expect degeneration of the hip and arthritis. Thus hip arthroscopy is one of the few procedures that can actually be somewhat preventative.

Curriculum Vitae

Current Medical Practice

Peninsula Orthopedic Associates, Inc., August 2002 to present


  • 09/91-06/95 M.D. from University of California, San Francisco
  • 08/87-06/91 Bachelors in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley

Post Graduate Training

  • 06/95-06/96 General Surgery Internship at University of California, San Francisco
  • 07/96-07/01 Residency Training at Stanford University, Department of Orthopaedics
  • 08/01-07/02 Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU


State of California

Board Certification: Double Board Certified

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Subspecialty Board Certification in Orthopedic Sports Medicine


  • Member of American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member of American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Member of American College of Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • San Mateo County Medical Association