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David McAllister, MD


David McAllister, MD

UCLA Physician David McAllister, MD specializes in Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine.
Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Language Spoken
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
State License Number
(310) 319-1234 Clinic appointment line
(310) 206-5250 Office
Fax Number
(310) 825-1311
Voted Super Doctor

UCLA Orthopaedic Center
100 Medical Plaza, Suite 755
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2008, 2011
Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2000, 2011
Sports Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1997 - 1998
Orthopedic Surgery, UC Irvine Medical Center, 1993 - 1997
Surgery, UC Irvine Medical Center, 1992 - 1993
MD, Ohio State University College of Medicine, 1992
Achilles Tendon, Arthroscopic Ankle, Arthroscopic Knee, Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair, Arthroscopic Shoulder, Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization & Labral Repair, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthroscopy, Cartilage Knee, Elbow Arthroscopy & Ligament Reconstruction, Ligament Knee, Osteotomy, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

1. “AOSSM awards go to research on knee ligaments, biomechanics”: Orthopedics Today 21 (11), 32-33, November, 2001.
2. Featured on “Today in L.A. Weekend”, KNBC, Los Angeles, California, January 19, 2002.
3. Quoted in Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2002. “Surgery for knees may be useless”.
4. Featured on Fox Sports Net, September, 2002 “Are football players too big?”
5. Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Donor Video, 2003.
6. “Mechanical stimulation promotes cell spreading in tissue cultures”: Orthopedics Today 25 (5), 96 , May, 2005.
7. “Transplant recipient is grateful for the gift of life. Knee operation restores her ability to walk”: Los Angeles Daily News, June 11, 2005.
8. “Agony In The Bones. Arthritis is crippling more people, but there are nine key ways to beat the pain.” US News and World Report, June 27, 2005.
9. “How much, how soon? To shorten the recovery from sports injuries, we may have to speed the body's healing process.” LA Times, January 9, 2006.
10. “Looking for alternatives to ligament replacement surgery”. New York Times, April 20, 2006.
11. “A closer look: Sports Injuries. Sprains, pains, wrapped up in speculation.” Los Angeles Times, September 10, 2007.
12. “Reconstructing only the anterolateral bundle of the posterior cruciate ligament advocated”. Orthopedics Today 27 (10), 73-75, October, 2007.
13. “Clinicians await next wave of treatment options for knee pain”. BioMechanics, January 2008, 43- 48.
14. “Dixon’s ACL Injury common among athletes.” The Register Guard, Eugene Oregon, November 20, 2007.
15. “Woods' Woes Shouldn't Preclude More Wins, Docs Say”, Associated Press, June 19, 2008.
16. “Arthroscopic knee surgery for arthritis not effective, study finds”, LA Times, September 11, 2008.
17. “Meeting discusses latest techniques in sports medicine”, Gulf Times, November 14, 2008.
18. “Following key surgical guidelines helps executing arthroscopic PCL reconstruction”, Orthopedics Today, February, 2009.
19. “Sports medicine helps Bruins”, UCLA Health System Employee News, April, 2009.
20. “A knee problem. Study raises questions regarding factors and prevention”. The Signal, April 26, 2009.

Research Interest
Knee Ligament Reconstruction, Biomechanics, Tissue Engineering
Additional Information
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.

Awards & Recognition
  • Visiting Professor, The Ohio State University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, September 11-12, 2009
  • Winner, Best Poster Award at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Annual Research Day, May, 2009: Eagan, M, Bluth, B, Urdaneta, A, Zhao, K, Zuk, P, Wu, B, McAllister, D: “Gene Expression in Mouse Bone Marrow Stromal Cells Stimulated with GDF-5.”
  • Visiting Professor, The 1st Annual Aspetar Arabian Gulf Sports Medicine Meeting November 12-13, 2008, Doha, Qatar.
  • Visiting Professor, John A. Feagin Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship at West Point Keller Army Community Hospital, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, November 10, 2007.
  • Visiting Professor, III International Congress of Polish Sport Traumatology Society, Warsaw, Poland, September 21-22, 2007.
  • Visiting Lecturer, UC Irvine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, September 22, 2005.
  • Best Poster, Adult Knee at the 51st annual ORS meeting: Markolf K, Feeley B, Tejwani S, Martin D, and McAllister D: Where should the femoral tunnel of a PCL graft reconstruction be placed to best restore AP laxity and ligament forces? Presented at the 72nd Annual AAOS meeting, Washington, D.C., February, 2005.
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