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Eric Giza, M.D. View profile as PDF

Eric  Giza

Clinical Interests

Dr. Giza is chief of the UC Davis orthopaedics department’s foot and ankle service, where he specializes in reconstruction and minimally invasive arthroscopy of the foot and ankle complex. He also has expertise in knee and shoulder surgery.

Dr. Giza is a former collegiate soccer player and has served as an assistant team physician for the United States Soccer Federation, which runs the U.S. women’s and men’s World Cup-level national teams. He has also served as a medical information consultant and research committee chair for America’s highest-level professional soccer league.

Dr. Giza currently serves as an official team physician for the Sacramento Republic FC professional men's soccer team.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Giza’s research interests include cartilage transplantation, arthroscopic approaches to lateral ligament stabilization, and Achilles tendon repair. He has published book chapters and journal articles on a range of orthopaedic topics, and has presented and chaired meetings of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, International Cartilage Repair Society and the Major League Soccer Sports Symposium.


Associate Professor


Orthopaedic Surgery - Adult Foot and Ankle Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine


Orthopaedic Surgery


Orthopaedic Surgery


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Orthopaedic Surgery
4860 Y St., 3800 & 1700 (Clinic)
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-2700

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1998
B.S., Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 1994


Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency, Boston, Mass, 2003


Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group, Santa Monica, Calif, 2005
St. Vincent’s and North Shore Private Hospitals, Sydney, Sydney, 2004

Board Certifications:

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2007

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Select Recent Publications:

Giza E, Frizzell L, Farac R, Williams J, Kim S. Augmented tendon Achilles repair using a tissue reinforcement scaffold: a biomechanical study. ,em>Foot Ankle Int. 2011 May;32(5):S545-9.

Panchbhavi VK, Aronow MS, Digiovanni BF, Giza E, Grimes JS, Harris TG, Roberts MM, Straus B. Foot and ankle experience in orthopedic residency: an update. Foot Ankle Int. 2010 Jan;31(1):10-3.

Chiodo CP, Glazebrook M, Bluman EM, Cohen BE, Femino JE, Giza E, Watters WC 3rd, Goldberg MJ, Keith M, Haralson RH 3rd, Turkelson CM, Wies JL, Hitchcock K, Raymond L, Anderson S, Boyer K, Sluka P; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons clinical practice guideline on treatment of Achilles tendon rupture. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Oct 20;92(14):2466-8.

Giza E, Sullivan M, Ocel D, Lundeen G, Mitchell M, Frizzell L. First metatarsophalangeal hemiarthroplasty for hallux rigidus. Int Orthop. 2010 Dec;34(8):1193-8. Epub 2010 May 21.

Giza E, Sullivan M, Ocel D, Lundeen G, Mitchell ME, Veris L, Walton J. Matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation of talus articular defects. Foot Ankle Int. 2010 Sep;31(9):747-53.

Giza E & Silvers HJ: Ankle Instability Prevention (Section C), Delee, Drez & Miller, (ed), Delee & Drez's Principles and Practice (3rd Ed. - VoL I), VoL 1, Saunders - Elsevier, pp. 338-341. 2009

Reed M, Feibel J, Donley B & Giza E: Athletic Ankle Injuries (Chapter 17), WB Kibler, MD, (ed), Orthopaedic Knowledge Update (OKU): Sports Medicine 4, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS), Rosemont, IL. 199-214. 2009

Mitchell ME, Giza E & Sullivan MR. Cartilage transplantation techniques for talar cartilage lesions. Journal of the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons), 17(7):407-414. 2009

Giza E, Hyer CF, Sella EJ, & Zgonis T. (Roundtable Discussion) Charcot Neuroarthropathy. Foot & Ankle Specialist, 1(4): 243-246. 2008

Giza E & Sullivan M. Endoscopic Calcaneo-Bursectomy. Foot & Ankle Specialist, 1(2): 112-114. 2008

Giza E. (Technology) Operative Techniques for Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus. Foot & Ankle Specialist, 1(4): 250-252. 2008

Berlet G, Smith B, Giza E: Arthroscopic Retrocalcaneal Bursectomy, in Philbin T (ed): Surgical Techniques in Orthopaedics: Achilles Tendon Disorders, special ed. DVD. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2008.

Giza E. Cush G. Schon LC. The flexible flatfoot in the adult. Foot & Ankle Clinics. 12(2):251-71, vi, 2007 Jun.

Gruber J, Giza E, Zachazewski J, Mandelbaum B. Achilles Tendon Repair and Rehabilitation; in Maxey L, Magnussun J (eds): Rehabilitation for the Post Surgical Patient, second edition, CV Mosby, 2007.

Brown J, Giza E, Gerhardt M. Occult Groin Injuries: Athletic Pubalgia, Sports Hernia, Osteitis Pubis; in Practical Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.

Giza E, Mandelbaum B. Chronic Footballer’s Ankle; in Volpi P (ed): Football Traumatology: Current Concepts: From Prevention to Treatment, Italy, Springer-Verlag, 2006.

Best A. Giza E. Linklater J. Sullivan M. Posterior impingement of the ankle caused by anomalous muscles. A report of four cases.[erratum appears in J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2005 Dec;87(12):2758]. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - American Volume. 87(9):2075-9, 2005 Sep.

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