patrick j mcgahan MD


Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Sports Medicine Specialist
 Robotic Joint Replacement
Shoulder and Knee Replacement
 Reverse Shoulder Replacement
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Rotator Cuff Surgery
ACL Reconstruction
Fracture Surgery
Pediatric Fractures
Stem Cells/Platelet-Rich-Plasma


San Diego Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship
San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program
University of California, Davis, M.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, B.S. (Summa Cum Laude)


Dr. McGahan is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, and reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder. Following his residency in San Francisco, he completed a shoulder fellowship in San Diego where he had the opportunity to train under the pioneers in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder. Dr. McGahan has expertise in advanced arthroscopic shoulder surgery, shoulder replacement, reverse shoulder replacement, and revision shoulder surgery. His joint replacement practice focuses on minimally invasive and robotic knee and shoulder replacement. His sports medicine practice focuses on rotator cuff surgery, labral repairs, ACL reconstruction (all graft options), and meniscus surgery. Dr. McGahan also has advance training in the treatment of traumatic injuries such as proximal humerus, clavicle, wrist, ankle, hand, and pediatric fractures.

Dr. McGahan’s passion is taking care of his patients. His goal is to provide patient-centered care that allows each patient to return to the level of activity that he or she desires. He has extensive experience achieving these goals as he has worked as a team doctor for high school, college, and professional athletes including Sacred Heart Cathedral High School, University of San Francisco, San Diego State, San Francisco Giants AAA affiliate, and the San Diego Padres. Dr. McGahan’s approach to patient care always starts with non-operative treatment modalities. If problems persist, he utilizes minimally invasive surgical techniques and the latest in biologics to offer his patients the best surgical solutions with the fastest recovery possible.

A native of Northern California, Dr. McGahan was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. After graduating from Jesuit High School, he attended UCLA where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology. He then went on to UC Davis Medical School where he received the School of Medicine Medal recognizing overall academic excellence, the school’s highest singular honor. He completed his orthopaedic surgery training at the San Francisco Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. Following this, he completed an additional year of fellowship training at the San Diego Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowship in San Diego, CA. He now resides in the Bay Area with his wife and three children. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, trail runs, swimming, golf, tennis, and playing basketball.


Awards and Distinctions

San Diego Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship Outstanding Fellow Award
San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program Research Award
San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program Gar Wynne Award for Leadership in Residency
UC Davis School of Medicine Medal
UC Davis School of Medicine Morphologic Sciences Award
UC Davis School of Medicine Pathology Award
UC Davis School of Medicine: 6 Honors Distinctions
UCD School of Medicine Predoctoral Research Fellowship
AOA Honor Medical Society Student Research Award
UCD School of Medicine Predoctoral Research Fellowship
UC Davis School of Medicine Morphologic Sciences Regent’s Scholar, UC Davis, School of Medicine
Summa Cum Laude at UCLA
Phi Beta Kappa, UCL
College Honors Program Graduate, UCLA

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Arthroscopy Association of North America
California Orthopaedic Association
Western Orthopaedic Association




Elena N, Woodall BM, Ahn S, et al. Anterior Shoulder Stabilization Using a Single Portal Technique With Suture Lasso. Arthrosc Tech. 2018;7(5):e505-e509.

Elena N, Woodall BM, Mac Hale WP, et al. Single Portal Technique for Subscapularis Tendon Repair. Arthrosc Tech. 2018;7(6):e645-e649.

Woodall BM, Elena N, Gamboa JT, et al. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction With Amnion Biological Augmentation. Arthrosc Tech. 2018;7(4):e355-e360.

Woodall BM, Elena N, Mirvish AB, et al. Submeniscal Portal for Horizontal Cleavage Tear with Parameniscal Cyst of the Lateral Meniscus. Arthrosc Tech. 2018;7(5):e529-e532.

Gamboa JT, Shin EC, Pathare NP, McGahan PJ, Chen JL. Graft Retensioning Technique Using an Adjustable-Loop Fixation Device in Arthroscopic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Arthrosc Tech. 2018;7(2):e185-e191.

McGahan PJ, Fronek J, Hoenecke HR, Jr., Keefe D. The use of an orthopaedic rating system in major league baseball. Sports Health. 2014;6(5):446-450.

McGahan PJ, Patel H, Dickinson E, Leasure J, Montgomery W, 3rd. The effect of biceps adhesions on glenohumeral range of motion: a cadaveric study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2013;22(5):658-665.

McGahan PJ, Pinney SJ. Current concept review: osteochondral lesions of the talus. Foot Ankle Int. 2010;31(1):90-101.

McGahan PJ, Richards JR, Bair AE, Rose JS. Ultrasound detection of blunt urological trauma: a 6- year study. Injury. 2005;36(6):762-770.

Richards JR, McGahan PJ, Jewell MG, Fukushima LC, McGahan JP. Sonographic patterns of intraperitoneal hemorrhage associated with blunt splenic injury. J Ultrasound Med. 2004;23(3):387-394, quiz 395-386.