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Nicholas Abidi, MD FAAOSSports Medicine, Hip, Knee & Foot, Orthopedic Surgery

Nicholas Abidi, MD 

“Helping my patients improve their function and return to their normal active lives is what makes me the happiest about my profession”
Nicholas Abidi, MD FAAOS QR

I am fortunate to be able to combine my passion for helping others with my ability to fix my patients’ conditions with my hands. Using a variety of orthopaedic techniques, both non-surgical and surgical, I provide individualized care for hip, knee, foot and ankle conditions and sports injuries. I am happiest when my patients leave my care with improved function and return to their active lifestyles.

As an orthopaedic surgeon and total joint replacement specialist, I have successfully performed many complex foot and ankle procedures since 1997. I perform minimally invasive anterior approach hip replacements, partial and total knee replacements, and total ankle replacements to those in need. In addition to total joint replacement, I have helped to pioneer many orthobiological joint arthroscopic procedures in the knee and ankle including cartilage restoration and subchondroplasty.

I spend a large part of my time volunteering with regional and national medical and civic organizations. I participate in the peer review process of medical journal publications and quality improvement. I am nationally engaged in Patient Reported Outcome studies in orthopaedics while leading our orthopaedic team to national recognition.

When I’m not seeing patients at OrthoNorCal, I enjoy attending my children’s athletic events, training my dogs, skiing, boating and traveling. Photography, computers and learning new technologies are some of my other interests.

Please let me know if there is anything my staff and I can do to improve your experience at OrthoNorCal. I look forward to meeting you!


Dr. Abidi specialize in Hip, Knee, Ankle Surgery & Sports Medicine

  • 1991
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Thomas Jefferson University / The Rothman Institute at Jefferson

Foot and Ankle Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Howard Hughes Medical Institute Molecular Biology at the National Institutes of Health

Professional Memberships & Recognitions
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • California Medical Association
  • Former President, Santa Cruz County Medical Society
  • Santa Clara County Medical Association
  • Board of Directors, California Orthopaedic Association
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery-Question Writing Task Force
  • Delegate, American Medical Association
  • Lead Attending Physician, Dominican Hospital Total Joint Program
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support – Instructor Certification
  • Medical Device Patents – USPTO
  • Journal Reviewer or Associate Editor: JBJS, JAAOS, Journal of Arthroplasty
Dr. Nicholas Abidi | Sports Medicine, Foot & Ankle & Orthopedic Surgery
Hip Replacement Surgery-Anterior Supine Approach
OMNIBotics Total Knee Replacement System
OMNIBotics Total Knee Replacement: A Patient Education Video
Team Affiliations
  • Consulting Team Physician, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Consulting Team Physician, Cabrillo College
  • Aptos High School
  • Team Physician, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Patient Education
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Association for Hand Surgery
  • American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • The American Board of Pediatrics
  • North American Spine Society
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