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Physician Profile: Nicholas A. Abidi, M.D.

Nicholas A. Abidi, M.D.


University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine - 1991


- Adult & Pediatric Orthopedics
- Anterior Approach Hip Replacement
- Foot & Ankle
- Hip
- Knee
- Orthopedic Trauma & Fracture Care
- Sports Medicine
- Total Ankle Arthroplasty
- Total Joint Replacement


- Capitola (Map)
- Los Gatos (Map)

Surgery Centers

- Bascom Surgery Center / Campbell CA
- Capitola Surgery Center
- Forest Surgery Center / San Jose CA
- Silicon Valley Surgery Center / Los Gatos CA


- Dominican Hospital / Santa Cruz CA
- El Camino Hospital / Los Gatos CA
- Good Samaritan Hospital / San Jose CA
- Watsonville Community Hospital / Watsonville CA

Helping my patients improve their function and return to their normal active lives is what makes me the happiest about my profession.”

Nicholas A. Abidi, M.D.

Nicholas A. Abidi, M.D.

As an orthopedic surgeon, I am fortunate to be able to combine my passion for helping others and my ability to fix my patients’ conditions with my hands. I am happiest when my patients leave my office or the operating room with improved function and return to their active lifestyles. Using a variety of orthopedic techniques, both nonsurgical and surgical, I provide individualized care for hip, knee, foot, and ankle conditions as well as sports injuries. As a total joint replacement specialist, I provide minimally invasive anterior approach hip replacements and partial or total knee replacements for my patients. I have performed Total Ankle Replacements in addition to many complex foot and ankle procedures since 1997. I am pleased to use my trauma and sports medicine training to serve as team physician for several local high school and collegiate teams, and also as a track physician for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Being involved with regional and national medical and civic organizations to improve the care of orthopedic patients has always been important to me. I spend a large part of my time volunteering with these organizations by participating in the peer review process of medical publications and quality improvement. I am nationally engaged in patient reported outcome studies and quality measurement in orthopaedics. I have lead our local 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 about new technologies as they become available 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!

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Surgery Locations
  • 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
Memberships & Recognitions:
  • American Medical Association
  • Thomas Bond Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  • 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
  • Question Writing Task Force, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Chair, Health Policy Committee, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • Delegate, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, American Medical Association
  • Institutional Review Board, Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz, California
  • Surgical Quality Improvement Committee, Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz, California
  • Chief Medical Officer & Chief Technology Officer, OrthoNorcal Orthopedic Specialists
  • 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
Team Affiliations:
  • Consulting Team Physician, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Consulting Team Physician, Cabrillo College
  • Aptos High School
  • San Lorenzo Valley High School
  • Dominion Sports Procedure Center
  • Team Physician, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

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