Eric Giza, M.D.

Chief, Division of Foot & Ankle

Director, Orthopaedic Surgery Foot & Ankle Fellowship

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Orthopaedic Surgery - Adult Foot and Ankle Surgery


Orthopaedic Surgery

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Cannery Building

Sports Medicine
3301 C St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Clinic Phone: 916-734-6805

Clinic Fax: 916-734-6806

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Giza is chief of the UC Davis Orthopaedic Surgery 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.


Foot and Ankle Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Sports Medicine Program

Undergraduate School

B.S., Haverford College, Haverford PA 1994

Medical School

M.D., Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA 1998


Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency, Boston MA 1998-2003


Sports Medicine, Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group, Santa Monica CA 2004-2005


Foot and Ankle Surgery, St. Vincent’s and North Shore Private Hospitals, Sydney, Australia 2004

Sacramento Magazine's Top Doctors, 2020

Sage Publications Inc. - Foot & Ankle Best Resident Paper Award for 2013, "A Clinical and Radiological Study of Peroneal Tendon Pathology"; Co Authored: Giza, Campanelli, 2013

Academic Senate Travel Research Award, University of California, Davis, Health System. Participation as International Faculty at the 4th Annual Indo-US Foot & Ankle Surgery Conference, Calcutta, India; January 18-20, 2012

Academic Senate Research Travel Award, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Presentation at the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA; June 20-23, 2012

Academic Senate Research Travel Award, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Presentation at the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association Foot & Ankle Meeting, Tauranga, New Zealand; November 25-27, 2010

Sarcon A, Kreulen C, Coetzee JC, Neufeld S, Berlet G, Dowd T, Ryan P, Robbins J, Neher R, Boukhemis K, Schon L, Giza E. Treatment of osteochondral lesions in the ankle with a particulated juvenile cartilage allograft: Four-year outcomes. Int J Orth. 2022;9(2):1641-47.

Murawski CD, Jamal MS, Hurley ET, Buda R, Hunt K, McCollum G, Paul J, Vannini F, Walther M, Yasui Y, Ali Z, Altink JN, Batista J, Bayer S, Berlet GC, Calder JDF, Dahmen J, Davey MS, D'Hooghe P, DiGiovanni CW, Ferkel RD, Gianakos AL, Giza E, Glazebrook M, Hangody L, Haverkamp D, Hintermann B, Hua Y, Hurley DJ, Karlsson J, Kearns S, Kennedy JG, Kerkhoffs GMMJ, Lambers K, Lee JW, Mercer NP, Mulvin C, Nunley JA, Pearce C, Pereira H, Prado M, Raikin SM, Savage-Elliott I, Schon LC, Shimozono Y, Stone JW, Stufkens SAS, Sullivan M, Takao M, Thermann H, Thordarson D, Toale J, Valderrabano V, van Bergen CJA, van Dijk CN, Walls RJ, Younger AS, Hogan MV. Terminology for osteochondral lesions of the ankle: proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle. J ISAKOS. 2022 Apr;7(2):62-66. doi:10.1016/j.jisako.2021.12.001. Epub 2022 Jan 14. PMID:35546437.

Younger AS, Ellington JK, Raikin SM, Giza E, Bohay DR, Usuelli FG, Patsalis T, Frauchiger LH, Parekh SG, Krause F. Prospective Three-Year Outcomes Comparing Cemented and Cementless Fixation in the Trabecular Metal Total Ankle Arthroplasty. Foot Ankle Orthop. 2022 Jan 21;7(1):2473011421S00511. doi:10.1177/2473011421S00511.

Dahmen J, Bayer S, Toale J, Mulvin C, Hurley ET, Batista J, Berlet GC, DiGiovanni CW, Ferkel RD, Hua Y, Kearns S, Lee JW, Pearce CJ, Pereira H, Prado MP, Raikin SM, Schon LC, Stone JW, Sullivan M, Takao M, Valderrabano V, van Dijk CN, Ali Z, Altink JN, Buda R, Calder JDF, Davey MS, D'Hooghe P, Gianakos AL, Giza E, Glazebrook M, Hangody L, Haverkamp D, Hintermann B, Hogan MV, Hunt KJ, Hurley DJ, Jamal MS, Karlsson J, Kennedy JG, Kerkhoffs GMMJ, Lambers KTA, McCollum G, Mercer NP, Nunley JA 2nd, Paul J, Savage-Elliott I, Shimozono Y, Stufkens SAS, Thermann H, Thordarson D, Vannini F, van Bergen CJA, Walls RJ, Walther M, Yasui Y, Younger ASE, Murawski CD. Osteochondral Lesions of the Tibial Plafond and Ankle Instability With Ankle Cartilage Lesions: Proceedings of the International Consensus Meeting on Cartilage Repair of the Ankle. Foot Ankle Int. 2022 Mar;43(3):448-452. doi:10.1177/10711007211049169. Epub 2022 Jan 5. PMID:34983250.

Powers RT, Dowd TC, Giza E. Surgical Treatment for Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus. Arthroscopy. 2021;37(12):3393-3396.

Stone JA, Miranda AD, Gerhardt MB, Mandelbaum BR, Giza E. Outcomes of Surgically Treated Fifth Metatarsal Fractures in Major League Soccer Athletes. Am J Sports Med. 2021 Sep;49(11):3014-3020. doi:10.1177/03635465211030279. Epub 2021 Aug 6. PMID:34357826.

Jawad MU, Farhan SB, Haffner MR, Kreulen CD, Giza E, Thorpe SW, Randall RL. Malignant neoplasms originating from the bones of the foot: Predilection of hematological malignancies and sex-related and ethnic disparities in amputation. J Surg Oncol. 2021 Dec;124(8):1468-1476. doi:10.1002/jso.26633. Epub 2021 Aug 5. PMID:34351631.

Delman CM, Kreulen C, Giza E. Editorial Commentary: Drill and Fill: Bone Marrow Stimulation Plus Allograft Matrix May Optimize the Treatment of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus. Arthroscopy. 2021 Jul;37(7):2270-2271. doi:10.1016/j.arthro.2021.04.046. PMID:34226013.

Fogleman JA, Kreulen CD, Sarcon AK, Michelier PV, Giza E, Doty JF. Augmented Spring Ligament Repair in Pes Planovalgus Reconstruction. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2021 Nov-Dec;60(6):1212-1216. doi:10.1053/j.jfas.2021.05.010. Epub 2021 Jun 2. PMID:34187718.

Thevendran G, Kadakia AR, Giza E, Haverkamp D, D'Hooghe JP, Veljkovic A, Abdelatif NMN. Acute foot and ankle injuries and time return to sport. SICOT J. 2021;7:27. doi:10.1051/sicotj/2021024. Epub 2021 Apr 15. PMID:33861196.