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Hafiz Kassam, MD

Procedures & Conditions Treated:


  • AC Joint Reconstruction
  • Biologic Augmentation of Rotator Cuff Repairs
  • Biceps Tendon Repairs
  • Broken Collarbone
  • Complex Shoulder Surgery
  • Complex Shoulder Tendon Transfers
  • Glenoid Bone Loss Reconstruction
  • Reverse Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision and Complex Instability Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Revision Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Revision Shoulder Replacement Surgery
  • Shoulder Arthroplasty
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Instability Surgery
  • Shoulder Replacement Surgery
  • SLAP Repairs
  • Thrower's Shoulder Treatment
  • Total Shoulder Arthroplasty
  • Carpal Tunnel Decompression
  • Complex Elbow Surgery
  • Cubital Tunnel / Ulnar Nerve Decompression
  • Elbow Arthroplasty
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fusion Surgery
  • Elbow Reconstruction
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament Elbow Surgery
  • Revision Elbow Surgery
  • Surgical Debridement for Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Tendon Repair Surgery
  • Tommy John Surgery / Medial Collateral Ligament Elbow Surgery
  • Traumatic Orthopedic Reconstruction


  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Labral Tears
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome (Bursitis or Tendonitis)
  • Shoulder Fractures and Traumatic Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Joint Tear
  • Biceps Tendon Rupture
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dislocated Elbow
  • Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Instability
  • Elbow MCL Tear
  • Elbow Tendonitis
  • Golfer's Elbow / Medial Epicondylitis
  • Hyperextension of the Elbow
  • Little Leaguer's Elbow
  • Olecranon Fracture
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Elbow
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Shoulder Tendonitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprained Elbow
  • Stiff Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow / Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Throwing Injuries of the Elbow
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury
  • Ulnar Neuropathy
  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment


Dr. Hafiz Kassam has extensive experience in complex shoulder and elbow reconstruction and sports injuries. He is Board Certified by both the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He has pursued his education and training at world-class institutions in three countries. After completing his undergraduate work and medical training in the United Kingdom, he completed his residency at the University of Toronto, which is one of the largest and most academically productive programs in North America. He then moved to the USA and completed his shoulder and elbow fellowship training at Yale University. He is an expert in minimally invasive techniques in shoulder and elbow joint replacement as well as advanced arthroscopy, traumatic reconstruction, and non-operative treatments. He has performed more than 1000 shoulder replacements and arthroscopic reconstructions in his career so far.

Believing in evidence-based choices for his patients and improving outcomes in modern orthopedics, Dr. Kassam is a well-published clinician-scientist. He has authored numerous original scientific research studies, technique guides, and textbook chapters, presenting his work on both the national and international stages. He is the Program Chair for the Northern California Shoulder and Elbow Course and sits on the Editorial Board for theJournal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty. Dr. Kassam is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America as well as the highly selective society of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He is regularly invited as faculty at national courses on shoulder and elbow surgery and is currently a member of several multi-center research initiatives.

His involvement in these forums has given him extensive experience in the latest technologies and designs in shoulder and elbow surgery. These include minimally invasive total and reverse shoulder replacements as well as cutting edge arthroscopic procedures such as rotator cuff biologic augmentation and arthroscopic treatment of sports injuries. Dr. Kassam is also one of the few physicians in Southern California who specializes in revision shoulder and elbow surgery, tendon transfer operations, advanced soft tissue reconstructions, and arthroscopic bony stabilization procedures.

An avid sportsman himself, and having competed internationally as a ranked middleweight boxer, Dr. Kassam is uniquely situated to understand the needs of the competitive athlete and the difficulties they can encounter. He is currently a Ringside Physician for USA Boxing.

Dr. Kassam is passionate about his work and approaches each of his patients with empathy and sound judgment to ensure they all achieve their best possible outcomes.

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  • Medical School
  • University of Manchester (Medical Doctor) England
  • Residency
  • University of Toronto (Orthopedic Surgery) Canada
  • Fellowship
  • Yale University (Shoulder & Elbow Surgery) United States
Board Certification
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons (ABOS)
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (Orthopedic Surgery)
Professional Society Affiliations
  • American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
  • Canadian Orthopedic Association
Sports Team Affiliations
  • USA Boxing - Ringside Physician (2018 - Present)
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) Leadership Development Program (2021)
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Neer Award Nominee, "Development & Validation of Clinical Risk for Prolonged Opioid Use" (2019)
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Resident Award for "Development & Validation of Clinical Risk for Prolonged Opioid Use” (2019)
  • University of Toronto - Resident Award (2015)
  • University of Manchester School - Summa Cum Laude, First Class Honors (2012)
  • University of St. Andrews - Summa Cum Laude, First Class Honors (2009)
Affiliated Locations
  • Newport Orthopedic Institute - Newport Beach Orthopedics
  • Hoag Orthopedic Institute Surgery Center - Newport Beach
  • Newport Orthopedic Institute - Huntington Beach Orthopedics
  • Hoag Hospital - Irvine
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian - Newport Beach
  • Hoag Orthopedic Institute