Gavin Caesar Pereira, M.D., F.R.C.S. (Eng), F.A.A.O.S.

Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics

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Adult Reconstruction - Joint Replacement

Orthopaedic Surgery - Adult Reconstruction


Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Orthopaedic Surgery Clinic
4860 Y Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Clinic Phone: 916-734-2700

Clinic Fax: 916-734-7137

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Clinic Phone


Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

My guiding principles of patient care are as follows :

  1. Respect - I accept that you, as a patient, are primarily a unique human being and that your needs and expectations may be different to others. I promise to respect your autonomy and your dignity. I try always to see things from your point of view- which understandably, I might not achieve at our first meeting, but I will try nonetheless.  
  2. Information - I want you to be heavily involved with your diagnosis and treatment. I will strive to give you all the information you need to make a decision. I will help to curate the information you already come to me with. I want you to understand your condition and treatment plan. Granted that this may not always be easy and that this may even take a few clinical encounters to achieve. And that’s OK.
  3. Safety - Keeping my patients safe is paramount in my practice. Know that I am obsessively striving to keeping you safe while under my care. Rarely, despite stringent safety practices in place, things can go wrong. If that happens, I promise to be there for you.
  4. Knowledge and Skills - I feel strongly that I owe it to my patients to keep my skill, my techniques, and my knowledge up to date -as every patient deserves the best that modern medicine has to offer. To that end, I attend national and international conferences and webinars, participate in cadaver workshops, read scientific journals, watch surgical videos, visit other surgeons and generally analyse everything I do to make sure I am doing the best for my patients.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Gavin Pereira, MD, is a US and UK board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon offering care for Adults with Hip and Knee Arthritis.

He specializes in performing Hip and Knee Replacement surgeries including complex cases.

He offers patients the full range of Hip and Knee replacement surgeries including bone-preserving implants (if appropriate) and muscle sparing approaches for the Hip and Knee. He has expertise in Hip Resurfacing, short femoral stems and partial knee replacements. He performs most of his hip procedures via the Direct Anterior approach (if found to be appropriate). He has more than 16 years of experience in using Computer Navigation for his surgeries and now offers Robot assisted Hip and Knee replacements (MAKO). He also uses other advanced technologies like 3D printing and Virtual to plan his complex surgeries.

He has been using the Kinematic Alignment technique for Total Knee replacements since 2014 which aims to place the knee implants in the original anatomical position before the knee became arthritic.

He has advanced training in performing complex Revision (re-do) surgeries on failed or poorly functioning hip and knee replacements. He is particularly experienced in treating patients with Hip and Knee joint replacements that are infected.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Gavin Pereira's research focuses on Hip and Knee replacement surgery and its outcomes. Specifically, he is interested in advanced technologies that include preoperative planning using digital imaging software and 3D reconstructions, 3D printing of bone models, Computer Navigation and Robot assisted surgeries. His other interests include Kinematic alignment Total Knee replacements and infections in joint replacements.


Adult Reconstruction

Center/Program Affiliation

Trauma Program

Medical School

M.B.B.S., Baroda Medical College, Baroda, Gujarat, India 1993


Surgery in General, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, UK 1994-1998


Orthopaedics and Trauma, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Birmingham, UK 1998-2005


Adult Reconstruction (Hip and Knee Arthroplasty), New York University, New York NY 2005-2006


Orthopaedic Trauma, Vancouver General Hospital, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada 2005

Top Doctor Sacramento Magazine, 2020, 2021

Clinician Excellence Award, UC Davis, 2021

Diamond Doc Award, UC Davis (June and November), 2021

Lum ZC, Saiz AM, Pereira GC, Meehan JP. Patella Baja in Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2020 Apr 15;28(8):316-323. doi:10.5435/JAAOS-D-19-00422. PMID:31934927.

Lum ZC, Pereira GC, Giordani M, Meehan JP. Top 100 most cited articles in orthopaedic surgery: An update. J Orthop. 2019 Dec 2;19:132-137. doi:10.1016/j.jor.2019.11.039. PMID:32025120.

Saiz AM, Lum ZC, Pereira GC. Etiology, Evaluation, and Management of Dislocation After Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty. JBJS Rev. 2019 Jul;7(7):e7. doi:10.2106/JBJS.RVW.18.00165. PMID:31343509.

Shieh AK, Lum ZC, Singh AK, Pereira GC. External iliac vein compression secondary to osteolysis-induced hematoma in total hip arthroplasty. Arthroplast Today. 2019 Jun 19;5(3):279-283. doi:10.1016/j.artd.2019.04.006. PMID:31516965.

Lum ZC, Natsuhara KM, Shelton TJ, Giordani M, Pereira GC, Meehan JP. Mortality During Total Knee Periprosthetic Joint Infection. J Arthroplasty. 2018 Dec;33(12):3783-3788. doi:10.1016/j.arth.2018.08.021. Epub 2018 Aug 25. PMID:30224099.

Lum ZC, Pereira GC. Local bio-absorbable antibiotic delivery in calcium sulfate beads in hip and knee arthroplasty. J Orthop. 2018 May 7;15(2):676-678. doi:10.1016/j.jor.2018.05.001. PMID:29881219.

Lum ZC, Monzon RA, Bosque J, Coleman S, Pereira GC, Di Cesare PE. Effects of fondaparinux on wound drainage after total hip and knee arthroplasty. J Orthop. 2018 Mar 17;15(2):388-390. doi:10.1016/j.jor.2018.03.003. PMID:29881160.

Shelton TJ, Skaggs AW, Pereira GC. Self-Resolution of a Draining Sinus Tract in a Patient with Chronic Periprosthetic Hip Infection. Case Rep Orthop. 2018 Feb 19;2018:8657562. doi:10.1155/2018/8657562. PMID:29670791.

Pereira GC, von Kaeppler E, Alaia MJ, Montini K, Lopez MJ, Di Cesare PE, Amanatullah DF. Calculating the Position of the Joint Line of the Knee Using Anatomical Landmarks. Orthopedics. 2016 Nov 1;39(6):381-386. doi:10.3928/01477447-20160729-01. Epub 2016 Aug 3. PMID:27482732.

Rathi P, Pereira GC, Giordani M, Di Cesare PE. The pros and cons of using larger femoral heads in total hip arthroplasty. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2013 Aug;42(8):E53-9. PMID:24078959.