Dr. Michael Dillingham, MD

Orthopedic Surgery •  Male • Age 75
  
Dr. Dillingham
Accepting new patients
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Sports Orthopedic And Rehabilitation Medicine

1375 Sutter St San Francisco, CA 94109

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Dr. Michael Dillingham, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in San Francisco, CA and has over 49 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Dillingham has more experience with Shoulder/Upper Arm than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Stanford University medical school in 1971. He is affiliated with medical facilities California Pacific Medical Center - Pacific Campus and Sequoia Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Dillingham to book an appointment.


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I have an unfortunate habit of collecting athletic injuries, some number of which have required surgery. Dr Dillingham has been my best surgeon by far. Crisp and knowledgeable, he was always willing to take the time to explain and answer questions. And his surgical results were outstanding as well. Solved my issues in ways that led to surprisingly short rehab times. I recommend him without reservation.
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Healthy patient – Nov 19, 2019
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Excellent physician. Saw him for arthroscopic surgery for my left knee. He took time out from his busy schedule to look at my painful right toe and after examining it suggested that I contact my regular doctor to get it x-rayed. I had injured it prior to surgery. It turned out to be broken. Besides doing an excellent job with my left knee, he showed compassion to look my right toe and protect it during surgery. My left knee is only 4 weeks & 3 days post my surgery and already better than pre.
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Pat Carlson in Palo Cedro, CA – Dec 15, 2018
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Absolutely top notch sports medicine surgeon. Thorough, knowledgable and fully considers patients post surgical goals. Very professional support staff.
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Dec 06, 2018
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Dr Dillingham is the best.
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CA – Sep 08, 2018
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I have had nothing but success with Dr. Dillingham. I recommend him to family and friends when needed. He spends quality time to listen and make the best options for treatment. His staff is awesome too.
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Jan – Aug 20, 2018
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Dr. Dillingham & his team are amazing!
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Mitch in CA – Jun 14, 2018
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I have been a patient of Dr Dillingham's for over 10years he is by far the best!
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Barbara in Jamestown – May 30, 2018
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Dr. Dillingham goes above and beyond in caring for his patients. He takes the necessary time to explain things and options and has a great long term approach to make sure the patient remains healthy for life.
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May 22, 2018
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Dr. Dillingham is extremely knowledgeable, precise, and decisive. He quickly gets to the problem and takes action. He didn't waste time with x-rays for my knee injury. An MRI was scheduled the same day as my office visit with him. He explained my condition and options. His directions to the physical therapist helped pin point the problem which later aided in the surgery procedure that we both decided was necessary.
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Mark in Los Banos, CA – Jan 03, 2018
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I had two knee operations (09/02/1989 and 01/21/92). I was 48 and 51. This is 12/20/2017 and I am returning for a minor problem. A slight twinge in the joint where the carta ledge was removed. I had a bone mouse (removed) and acute Chondromalacia . I am 76 and have been working out constantly. I dive for abalone and spear fish and hunt for wild game. One of my workouts is to walk 5 miles carrying a 20 lb. vest and a 30 lb. back pack. I credit this ability to the successful knee operation.
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Dec 21, 2017
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Dr. Dillingham is the best! I had knee surgery three weeks ago and have done exceptionally well. My physical therapist, who is a PHD in the field, says that my great recovery and lack of pain is the result of the doctor who performed my surgery. I give Dr. Dillingham five stars along with many thanks.
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Woodbridge, CA – Nov 20, 2017
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Dr. Dillingham and his team are superb! As an older athlete, coach and Jiu Jitsu competitor I am so pleased with the care and understanding I have received from Dr. Dillingham. He has kept me teaching , training and competing well beyond my prime. At 63, I just had knee surgery, was walking without crutches in two days; within a five days I was able to start training again; and two weeks post-op, my knee feels and works better than it has in 30 years!
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Jim Nations in Oakland – Nov 02, 2017
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A lifetime athlete, seeing a multitude of orthopedic surgeons throughout, Dr Dillingham is above and beyond all expectations. Not wasting a minute to find the problem and get the ball rolling to get you back to what you were doing as soon as possible. Brilliant surgeon.
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Micki Monello in Carmel Valley, CA – Oct 27, 2017
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I would highly recommend Dr. Dillingham, he is like a Michael Angelo for knees. I’m thankful for his amazing abilities and brilliance, as he has kept me going all these years. For me he was a God send.
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Laurie Nessl in Sonora, CA – Oct 10, 2017
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By age 16, and after 8 yrs of playing middle position at Absolute, Marin Juniors and Evolve, my right shoulder was in constant pain. In Reno, it finally dislocated. Dr. Dillingham took one look at it, asked me a few questions and immediately knew iwhat was wrong and what needed to be done. After final exams, he operated. My recovery has been almost too easy to believe. No swelling, no real discomfort after the first day and a half, tiny scars, fabulous office staff to help me... I am so grateful
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Hailey in Sonoma CA – Jun 21, 2017
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Dr. Dillingham is great! He is the best mix of forward thinking calculated risk taker and cautious. I wouldn't be as far down the road to recovery without him.
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San Leandro, CA – Feb 15, 2017
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experienced veteran surgeon and genuinely interested in understanding my reasons for shoulder pain and also determined to resolve them, first with non-surgical
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Burlingame, CA – Jan 18, 2017
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I chose Dr. Dillingham despite his being out of my insurance network. He has been my resource for returning my knees (and shoulder) to full-functionality for over three decades.
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Marilynne in Menlo Park, CA – Jan 03, 2017
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Dr. Dillingham was referred to me by a friend that was treated by him. He knew exactly what was wrong with my shoulder. It is now 2 weeks after my surgery and my shoulder is feeling pretty good.
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Daniel Mata in Santa Clara, CA. – Dec 27, 2016
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Dr. Dillingham' s care and medical expertise have been outstanding.
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San Francisco, CA – Dec 13, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

dedicated, intelligent, compassionate, committed, healing and reassuring

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education

1976
Santa Clara Valley Med Center
Fellowship Hospital
1975
Stanford University Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1972
Stanford
Internship Hospital
1971
Stanford University
Medical School
1971
Stanford University
Undergraduate School

Awards

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Memberships & Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

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(415) 387-4900

Dr. Dillingham accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Dental DPPO
Dental Maintenance Organization DMO
Ameritas
Ameritas PPO
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
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Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
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UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
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UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Select PPO
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CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Cigna
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Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
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Delta Dental
Delta Dental PPO
Delta Dental Premier
Dental Network of America
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EmblemHealth
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First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
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Humana
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MultiPlan
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Background Check

No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Practice Areas

Shoulder/Upper Arm

Shoulder and upper arm conditions include arthritis, bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, and dislocations, with treatment options such as surgery or physical therapy.

Typically treats 67% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 5 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Dillingham performs Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery more than 78% of their peers

Dr. Dillingham performs this procedure more than 78% of their peers

Rotator Cuff Surgery
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Dillingham performs Rotator Cuff Surgery more than 71% of their peers

Dr. Dillingham performs this procedure more than 71% of their peers

Rotator Cuff Tear
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Dillingham treats Rotator Cuff Tear more than 65% of their peers

Dr. Dillingham treats this condition more than 65% of their peers

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Dr. Dillingham's conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • ACL Surgery
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Locations

Sports Orthopedic And Rehabilitation Medicine

San Francisco Office1375 Sutter St San Francisco, CA 94109
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SOAR Redwood City500 Arguello St Ste 100 Redwood City, CA 94063
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California Pacific Medical Center - Pacific Campus

San Francisco, CA

61% Patient experience rating, 8% lower than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)

Sequoia Hospital

Redwood City, CA

81% Patient experience rating, 12% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)