Eric Giza, M.D.

Eric Giza, M.D.


Orthopaedic Surgery - Adult Foot and Ankle Surgery


Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Chief of Foot & Ankle
  • Director, Orthopaedic Surgery Foot & Ankle Fellowship
  • Professor


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Cannery Building

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

Clinic Phone: 916-734-6805
Clinic Fax: 916-734-6806
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.


Orthopaedic Surgery
Foot and Ankle Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Sports Medicine Program


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

B.S., Haverford College, Haverford PA 1994


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

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2018

Professional Memberships

American Medical Association

California Orthopaedic Association

International Cartilage Repair Society

Honors and Awards

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

Medical Student Research & Poster Forum - Appreciation Award, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. In recognition of mentoring medical research fellowship student Lauren Frizzell, 2010

Select Recent Publications

Giza E, Oliver T, Barousse PS, Allen T, Shelton T, Sarcon AK, Sathy A, Faerber W, Lin JL, Stannard JP, Crist B, Della Rocca GJ, Ronan J, Kreulen CD. A Prospective, Randomized Investigation of Syndesmosis Injury Fixation. Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics. 2020 July 7. doi:10.1177/2473011420S00006.

Delman C, White C, Natsuhara K, Kreulen C, Giza E. Treatment of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus With Matrix-induced Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (MACI). Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2020 April 16. Publish Ahead of Print. doi:10.1097/BTF.0000000000000276.

Cassinelli SJ, Harris TG, Giza E, Kreulen C, Matheny LM, Robbins CM, Clanton TO. Use of Anatomic Landmarks in Ankle Arthroscopy to Determine Accuracy of Syndesmotic Reduction: A Cadaveric Study (epub ahead of print). Foot & Ankle Specialist. 2020;13(3):219-227.

Shieh AK, Singh SG, Nathe C, Lian E, Haudenschild DR, Nolta JA, Lee CA, Giza E, Kreulen CD. Effects of Micronized Cartilage Matrix on Cartilage Repair in Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus. Cartilage. 2020;11(3):316-322.

Boukhemis K, Giza E, Kreulen CD: Failed OCL Talus/Revision OLT, Berkowitz M., Clare M., Fortin P., Schon L., Sanders R., (ed), Revision Surgery of the Foot and Ankle, Springer, Cham, Switzerland. 2020:205-217.

Giza E, Kreulen CD, Boukhemis K. Revision Surgery of the Peroneal Tendon, Berkowitz M, Clare M, Fortin P, Schon L, Sanders R., (ed). Revision Surgery of the Foot and Ankle, Springer, Cham, Switzerland. 2020:237-244.

Nery C, Giza E, Wagner E, Percope de Andrade MA, Soares Baumfeld T, Pires Prado M, Baumfeld D. Dynamic Lisfranc Joint Repair Concept: Surgical Technique for a Synthetic Neoligamentplasty. Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal. 2019;9(4):562-570.

Hopkins J, Nguyen K, Heyrani N, Shelton T, Kreulen C, GarciaNolen T, Christiansen BA, Giza E. InternalBrace has biomechanical properties comparable to suture button but less rigid than screw in ligamentous lisfranc model. Journal of Orthopaedics. 2019;17:7-12.

Shelton TJ, Singh S, Bent Robinson E, Nardo L, Escobedo E, Jackson L, Kreulen CD, Giza E. The Influence of Percentage Weight-Bearing on Foot Radiographs. Foot & Ankle Specialist. 2019;12(4):363-369.

Delman C, Patel M, Campbell M, Kreulen C, Giza E. Flexible Fixation Technique for Lisfranc Injuries. Foot & Ankle International. 2019 Nov;40(11):1338-1345. doi:10.1177/1071100719873271. Epub 2019 Aug 30.