Nirav Pandya, MD

Pediatric orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Nirav Pandya is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine for young athletes. He uses a variety of traditional and minimally invasive surgical techniques, providing care in both clinic and hospital settings. He has a particular interest in arthroscopic treatment (techniques that use a specialized endoscope) for cartilage and ligament injuries of the ankle, knee, elbow and shoulder.

Pandya's research interests include how single-sport specialization affects young athletes, developing techniques for treating cartilage and ligament injuries in growing athletes, and techniques for improving the outcomes of cartilage and ligament surgeries for the same group. He also studies outcomes of traumatic injuries in pediatric patients.

Pandya earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Rady Children's Hospital – San Diego.

Pandya is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a founding member of the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society. He is also a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and Arthroscopy Association of North America.

As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, Pandya was on the track and field team, serving as captain during his senior year. He remains one of the top 10 triple jumpers in the school's history. While in medical school, he served as an assistant coach for the school's track and field team, coaching several national qualifiers in the long and triple jump. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and exploring the outdoors in the Bay Area.

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University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 2005


Penn Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery 2010


Rady Children's Hospital – San Diego, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 2011

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lau BC, Vashon T, Janghala A, Pandya NK. The Sensitivity and Specificity of Preoperative History, Physical Examination, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Predict Articular Cartilage Injuries in Symptomatic Discoid Lateral Meniscus. J Pediatr Orthop. 2018 Jul 20.
  2. Bryant J, Pandya N. Medial patellofemoral ligament repair restores stability in pediatric patients when compared to reconstruction. Knee. 2018 Jun 06.
  3. Khanna K, Janghala A, Pandya NK. Use of Posterior Hamstring Harvest During Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in the Pediatric and Adolescent Population. Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 Jun; 6(6):2325967118775597.
  4. Patterson JT, Tangtiphaiboontana J, Pandya NK. Management of Pediatric Femoral Neck Fracture. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018 May 16.
  5. Blumberg TJ, DeFrancesco CJ, Miller DJ, Pandya NK, Flynn JM, Baldwin KD. Firearm-associated Fractures in Children and Adolescents: Trends in the United States 2003-2012. J Pediatr Orthop. 2018 May 02.
  6. Rugg C, Kadoor A, Feeley BT, Pandya NK. The Effects of Playing Multiple High School Sports on National Basketball Association Players' Propensity for Injury and Athletic Performance. Am J Sports Med. 2018 Feb; 46(2):402-408.
  7. Lau BC, Jagodzinski J, Pandya NK. Incidence of Symptomatic Pulmonary Embolus and Deep Vein Thrombosis After Knee Arthroscopy in the Pediatric and Adolescent Population. Clin J Sport Med. 2017 Oct 10.
  8. Wong SE, Feeley BT, Pandya NK. Complications After Pediatric ACL Reconstruction: A Meta-Analysis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Sep 22.
  9. Li Y, Donohue KS, Robbins CB, Pennock AT, Ellis HB, Nepple JJ, Pandya N, Spence DD, Willimon SC, Heyworth BE. Reliability of Radiographic Assessments of Adolescent Midshaft Clavicle Fractures by the FACTS Multicenter Study Group. J Orthop Trauma. 2017 Sep; 31(9):479-484.
  10. Pennock AT, Edmonds EW, Bae DS, Kocher MS, Li Y, Farley FA, Ellis HB, Wilson PL, Nepple J, Gordon JE, Willimon SC, Busch MT, Spence DD, Kelly DM, Pandya NK, Sabatini CS, Shea KG, Heyworth BE. Adolescent clavicle nonunions: potential risk factors and surgical management. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Jan; 27(1):29-35.
  11. Tangtiphaiboontana J, Zhang AL, Pandya NK. Outcomes of intra-articular corticosteroid injections for adolescents with hip pain. J Hip Preserv Surg. 2018 Jan; 5(1):54-59.
  12. Lau BC, Conway D, Curran PF, Feeley BT, Pandya NK. Bipolar Bone Loss in Patients With Anterior Shoulder Dislocation: A Comparison of Adolescents Versus Adult Patients. Arthroscopy. 2017 Oct; 33(10):1755-1761.
  13. Hohn E, Pandya NK. Does the Utilization of Allograft Tissue in Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients Restore Patellar Stability? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017 Jun; 475(6):1563-1569.
  14. Ding DY, LaMartina J, Tai C, Pandya NK. Congenital Pseudoarthrosis of the Distal Radius Treated With Physeal-Sparing Double-Barrel Vascularized Free Fibula Transfer: A Case Report. Hand (N Y). 2017 Sep; 12(5):NP140-NP144.
  15. Lau BC, Pandya NK. Radiographic comparison of adolescent athletes with elbow osteochondritis dissecans to ulnar collateral ligament injuries and controls. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2017 Apr; 26(4):589-595.
  16. Ding DY, LaMartina JA, Zhang AL, Pandya NK. Acute distal biceps rupture in an adolescent weightlifter on chronic steroid suppression: a case report. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 Sep; 25(5):447-9.
  17. Pandya NK. Flexible Intramedullary Nailing of Unstable and/or Open Tibia Shaft Fractures in the Pediatric Population. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Jun; 36 Suppl 1:S19-23.
  18. Pandya NK, Edmonds EW. Response to letter to the editor re: immediate intramedullary flexible nailing of open pediatric tibial shaft fractures. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Mar; 35(2):e19.
  19. Smucny M, Parikh SN, Pandya NK. Consequences of single sport specialization in the pediatric and adolescent athlete. Orthop Clin North Am. 2015 Apr; 46(2):249-58.
  20. Pandya NK, Otsuka NY, Sanders JO. What's new in pediatric orthopaedics. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Feb 19; 96(4):345-50.

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