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Physician Directory | Nicholas Abidi, MD



Christian Heywood, M.D.

Board Certified Candidate In Orthopaedics

Serving the community since 2000



Foot, Ankle, Hip, Knee, Shoulder


Dr. Nicholas Abidi has been performing arthroscopy as well as hip, knee and ankle joint replacements, shoulder and foot and ankle surgery in Santa Cruz County and the South Bay since 2000. His medical training was in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, during which time he also completed a Howard Hughes Fellowship in Molecular Biology at the National Institute of Health. He completed his residency training was at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and fellowship in Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.


After his fellowship training, Dr Abidi returned to Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia as an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the renowned Rothman Institute from 1997 through 2000. During this time, he was director of medical education instructing medical students and training orthopaedic residents. He continues educating physicians at national meetings and is active on national committees, including the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Dr. Abidi also is editor of many peer-reviewed orthopaedic surgery publications.


His practice focuses on total joint replacements of the lower extremity as well as reconstructive surgery of complicated foot and ankle conditions.  In addition, he provides care for sports injuries and fractures. He routinely performs the minimally invasive anterior approach total hip replacement (ASI), and partial or total knee replacements, as well as total ankle replacement.


Locally, Dr. Abidi has served as the president of the Santa Cruz Medical Society and enjoys volunteering as track physician for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Throughout the year, he and his SCOI colleagues provide pre-participation physicals for area high school and club sport athletes.



Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA - 1986

Degree – BS in Chemistry; Minor in Biology



University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine - 1987-1991

Degree - MD



Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 1989-1990

Degree – Research Scholar at The National

Institutes of Health



Thomas Jefferson University, The Rothman Institute at Jefferson, 1992-1996

Degree - Orthopaedic Surgery


Residency and Fellowship

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 1996-1997

Degree - Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship


Awards and Honors

Recipient of Video Award at annual meeting for American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The video is used to train surgeons nationwide on minimally invasive hip replacement.


Appointed to California Orthopaedic Association Board of Directors


Course Chairman for California Orthopaedic Association, April, 2012


Official Presenter at AAOS meeting in SF in February on minimally invasive THA and also on Forefoot surgery


Instructor on ASI Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement to orthopaedic surgeons in March 1st and May 10th in Las Vegas and Phoenix


Delegate to the AMA meeting in Chicago representing American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society


Official presenter at annual meeting for American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society meeting: The Economics of Bone Grafting


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Nicholas Abidi, MD