• Sports Med

    Sports Medicine Specialty

Care for athletes of all levels

The highest level of care 

You can trust that you'll receive only the highest level of care from our team of orthopaedic sports medicine surgeons and specialists at UC Davis Health, who are part of the nationally ranked UC Davis Health Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. 

The UC Davis Sports Medicine Program evaluates all sports injuries, including the shoulder, knee, and elbow. Our team cares for athletes of all levels and focuses on each patient getting back to the highest level of physical activity possible, whether that means returning to a daily 3 mile bike ride or reporting for practice with the MLS. 

Rooted in the latest medical knowledge

As leaders in our field, our team includes Dr. Marder who serves on the board of directors for the Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA), and Dr. Lee, who serves on the board of directors for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). Our team is  involved in numerous leading edge research initiatives, which have led to multiple publications covering all aspects of Sports Medicine.


From routine to complex

We treat a wide variety of conditions, from ACL injuries to Superior Cap Reconstructions. Our approach involves attentive listening and personalized care for each and every patient, with the goal of eliminating pain, optimizing function, and ultimately maintaining a healthy, and active lifestyle. 

Commonly treated conditions: 

  • Meniscus tear
  • ACL  reconstruction
  • PCL reconstruction 
  • Rotator cuff tears 
  • Shoulder instability 
  • Patellar instability
  • Overuse injury 
  • Quadricep/ patellar tendonitis
  • Shoulder separation (AC joint sprain)
  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Distal biceps tendon rupture
  • Overuse injuries of shoulder, knee, elbow (i.e. tennis elbow, jumper's knee)

Complex treatments:

  • Complex shoulder reconstruction
  • Meniscus transplant
  • MACI--Matrix-induced Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation
  • Joint preservation
  • Multiligament knee reconstruction

The Sports Performance Center

The Sports Performance Center takes on an athlete-focused approach to assess and monitor athletic performance.  We offer many assessment options including, bike fit, fitness assessments, and return to play assessment/training.  To learn more about the services offered by the Sports Performance Center, contact 916-734-6805 for more information.

About the team

All of our surgeons are board-certified and attain the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Sports Medicine. Our surgeons are also the team physicians for the following teams: 

Cassandra A. Lee, M.D.
Chief of Service

Nicole Friel, M.D.
Associate Professor
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California

Richard Marder, M.D.
Center Medical Director

Christopher Bayne, MD

Christopher O. Bayne, M.D.
Associate Professor

Brian Haus, M.D.
Chief of Pediatric Service

Rehabilitation Protocols