Christopher Kreulen, M.D., M.S.

Christopher David Kreulen, M.D., M.S.


Orthopaedic Surgery - Adult Foot and Ankle Surgery

Sports Medicine


Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
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Cannery Building

3301 C St., Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Additional Phone Numbers

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

Philosophy of Care

I aim to restore my patients to their desired level of activity by integrating rehabilitative and operative interventions.  I encourage my patients to keep their muscles strong, watch what they eat, and stay active.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Kreulen’s clinical interests include: treating sports related injuries, arthroscopies of the ankle, reconstruction of the foot, and ankle.  His research has been in the field of cartilage transplantation and treatment of osteochondral defects.


Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine
Foot and Ankle Surgery


M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit MI 2005

M.S., University of Arizona, Tucson AZ 2000

B.S., Calvin College, Grand Rapids MI 1998


Orthopaedics, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA


Orthopaedics/Foot and Ankle, St. Vincent's and North Shore Private Hospital, Sydney, NSW Australia

Orthopaedics/Sports Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2014

Professional Memberships

American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Select Recent Publications

Kreulen C, Giza E, Walton J, Sullivan M. Seven-Year Follow-up of Matrix-Induced Autologous Implantation in Talus Articular Defects. Foot Ankle Spec. 2017 Jun 1:1938640017713614.

Kreulen C, Lian E, Giza E. Technique for Use of Trabecular Metal Spacers in Tibiotalocalcaneal Arthrodesis With Large Bony Defects. Foot Ankle Int. 2017 Jan;38(1):96-106.

Wuellner J, Nathe C, Kreulen C, Bumham K, Giza E. Chronic Ecertional Compartment Syndrome: The Athlete's Claudication. Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine. 2017.

Christopher Kreulen, Behrad Golshani, Arian M. Nikpour, Matthew DeHart, Cyrus E. Taghavi, Connor Delman, Robert Boutin, Eric Giza, Brent M. Roster Publication date. Radiographic Outcomes of Lisfranc Injuries Treated with a Suture Button Devise. SAGE Publications, 2016, 1(1): 2473011416500258.

Sheridan, K; Kreulen, C; Kim, S; Mak, W; Lewis, K; Marder, R. Diagnostic Accuracy of Contrast and Noncontrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Superior Labrum Anterior-Posterior Tears in an Academic Setting. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. July 2014.

Kreulen, C; Giza, E; Kim, J; Campanelli, V; Sullivan, M. The Viability of Talus Osteochondral Defect Cartilage for Chondrocyte Harvesting: Results of 151 Patients. Foot & Ankle International.  2014; 35(4):341-45.

Zheng, AL; Kreulen, C; Ngo, SS; Hame, SL; Wang, JC; Gamradt, SC. Demographic Trends in Arthroscopic SLAP Repair in the United States. Am J Sports Med. 2012 May;40 1144-1147.

Giza E, Sarcon AK, Kreulen CD. Tibiotalar Nonunion Corrected by Hindfoot Arthrodesis. Foot & Ankle Specialist. 2010;3(2):76-9.

Zhu ES, Thompson GR III, Kreulen C, Giza E.  Amphotericin B-impregnated Bone Cement to Treat Refractory Coccidioidal Osteomyelitis. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 2013; 57(12):6341. 

Kreulen, C; Carr, C; Giza, E; Sullivan, M. Post-operative Matrix-Induced Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation of the Talus Rehabilitation. ICRS Newsletter 2011; 14: 38-39.