Our Practice

John Velyvis, M.D.

john-velyvisDirector of Robotic Surgery, Adult Reconstruction, and Total Joint Surgeon for Hip and Knee Replacement – Seton Medical Center Orthopedics

Dr. Velyvis is a board-­certified orthopedic surgeon and hip and knee specialist who offers Bay Area patients the most advanced, minimally invasive surgeries.

He is a leading expert on the robotic­-assisted partial and total knee resurfacing surgery and is a pioneering orthopedic surgeon who cares about decreasing downtime for his patients.

He studied biomedical engineering at Harvard, where he was also a member of the school’s elite rowing team. His four years of competition gave him a deep appreciation for human mechanics and body movement. At his practice, he focuses on giving patients back their mobility and quality of life.

Though he was fascinated by biomedical engineering, he couldn’t see himself settling down into the engineering lifestyle. He knew he wanted a career with more patient contact. With that in mind, he attended Columbia University’s prestigious School of Medicine and later completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Albany Medical Center and fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital where he specialized in hip and knee surgery.

Now, he is passionate about offering patients the most advanced surgeries available. When he’s not directly treating patients at his office, Dr. Velyvis is often reading about the latest technologies and helping develop them with the world’s foremost biomedical companies.

Dr. Velyvis’ techniques help patients experience shorter recovery times, shorter hospital stays and being able to feel their joints move naturally more quickly.

Restoring his patients’ high quality of life is what he finds most fulfilling, and the best part of his day is follow-­up visits from patients who can’t believe they have their lives back.


  • 07/16 to present Peninsula Orthopedic Associates, Inc.
    1850 Sullivan Avenue, Suite 330
    Daly City, CA 94015
  • 01/12 to present John Velyvis, M.D.
    1199 Bush St., Suite 450
    San Francisco, CA 94103
  • 10/15 to 06/16 Kaiser Permanente
    99 Monticello Road
    San Rafael, CA
  • 07/10 to 01/12 California Medical Group
    6 Woodland Road, Suite 202
    St. Helena, CA 94574
  • 08/05 to 07/10 Desert Orthopedic Center
    39000 Bob Hope Dr. Diane and Harry Rinker Building
    Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


  • 07/04 to 07/05 Total Joint Fellowship
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Boston, MA
  • 07/99 to 07/04 Orthopedic Residency
    Albany Medical Center
    Albany, NY
  • 07/98 to 07/99 General Surgery Internship
    Albany Medical Center
    Albany, NY


  • 09/94 to 06/98 M.D.
    Columbia University
    New York, NY
  • 09/85 to 06/89 BS, Biomedical Engineering
    Harvard University
    Cambridge, MA