Richard Ryu, MD

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Dr. Richard Ryu, a board certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, is the senior member of the Ryu Hurvitz Orthopedic Clinic. He is also one of the founding members and the current Surgical Director for Summit and Premier Surgery Centers located in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Ryu utilizes minimally invasive and open surgery procedures to restore injured soft tissues and bones within the shoulder and knee joints.

Dr. Ryu specializes in:

  • Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization surgery

  • Arthroscopic treatment of meniscal tears

  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair

  • Arthroscopic treatment of patellofemoral instability, pain and maltracking

  • Arthroscopic labral and SLAP repair

  • Sports Medicine

  • Arthroscopic treatment of arthritic knee or shoulder

  • Arthroscopic treatment of frozen shoulder

  • Arthroscopic treatment of the AC joint and SC joint

  • Arthroscopic knee ligament reconstruction

  • LifeSpan medicine

Dr. Richard Ryu, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, graduated cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Biological Sciences. He then attended UCSF Medical School where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honors Society. Dr. Ryu completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at UCSF, and then spent his fellowship year with additional training in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

Dr. Ryu began his private practice in Santa Barbara, California in 1986. He has been serving as the Team Physician for UCSB, Westmont College, the Santa Barbara Foresters, Santa Barbara High School, Bishop Garcia Diego High School and the Cate School for numerous years. He has also served on the board for various local non-profit organizations, and has been a Foundation Trustee for UCSB since 1996.

Dr. Richard Ryu is a past President of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) and has served on its board of directors, in addition to his appointments as Chairman of the Education Committee, the Ethics and Standards Committee, the Nominating Committee and the Program Committee.

Dr. Ryu was designated a Master Shoulder Surgeon in 1997 and continues to teach complex shoulder surgery to other orthopedic surgeons who visit the Orthopedic Learning Center in Chicago. Dr. Richard Ryu recently completed a six-year term as a California delegate to the Council of Delegates for the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and has been a visiting professor or guest lecturer at the Mayo Clinic, Yale University, UC San Francisco, Tulane University, UCLA, UC Irvine, Temple and UC San Diego.

Orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Richard Ryu has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific journals and sits on the editorial board of the Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review Journal. He has also served as a guest editor for the Journal of Arthroscopy and for Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine. He recently completed work as the series editor and shoulder volume co-editor for a 5 volume series entitled “AANA Advanced Arthroscopy Textbooks.” Dr. Ryu has delivered over 200 scientific arthroscopy lectures nationally and internationally, including recent visits to Beijing, Seoul, Osaka, Rome, Cancun and Buenos Aires.

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