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Nicholas A. Abidi, MD

ABOS Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

Serving the community since 2000


Specialties: Ankle, Foot, Hip, Knee, Sports Medicine,
Total Joint Replacement


I am fortunate to be able to combine my passion for helping others with my ability to fix my patients’ conditions with my hands. Using a variety of orthopaedic techniques, both non-surgical and surgical, I provide individualized care for hip, knee, foot and ankle conditions and sports injuries. I am happiest when my patients leave my care with improved function and return to their active lifestyles.


As an orthopaedic surgeon and total joint replacement specialist, I have successfully performed many complex foot and ankle procedures since 1997. I perform minimally invasive anterior approach hip replacements, partial and total knee replacements, and total ankle replacements to those in need. In addition to total joint replacement, I have helped to pioneer many orthobiological joint arthroscopic procedures in the knee and ankle including cartilage restoration and subchondroplasty.


I spend a large part of my time volunteering with regional and national medical and civic organizations. I participate in the peer review process of medical journal publications and quality improvement. I am nationally engaged in Patient Reported Outcome studies in orthopaedics while leading our orthopaedic team to national recognition.


When I’m not seeing patients at OrthoNorCal, I enjoy attending my children’s athletic events, training my dogs, skiing, boating and traveling. Photography, computers and learning new technologies are some of my other interests.


Professional Memberships & Recognitions

• American Medical Association

• American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

• American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

• California Medical Association

• Former President, Santa Cruz County Medical Society

• Santa Clara County Medical Association

• Board of Directors, California Orthopaedic Association

• American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

• American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery-Question Writing Task Force

• Delegate, American Medical Association

• Lead Attending Physician, Dominican Hospital Total Joint Program

• American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Lifetime Achievement Award

• Advanced Trauma Life Support – Instructor Certification

• Medical Device Patents – USPTO

• Journal Reviewer or Associate Editor: JBJS, JAAOS, Journal of Arthroplasty


Team Affiliations

• Consulting Team Physician, University of California, Santa Cruz

• Consulting Team Physician, Cabrillo College

• Aptos High School

• Team Physician, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna



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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