Leading Faculty

Dr. Richard Ryu

A board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee as well as in Sports Medicine. Dr. Ryu is the senior member of the Ryu Hurvitz Orthopedic Clinic and is one of the founding members and current Surgical Director for Summit and Premier Surgery Centers in Santa Barbara.

Dr. Ryu is a Past President of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, 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. Ryu recently completed a 6 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.

Dr. Ryu has published extensively in 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.

Dr. Ryu graduated cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Biological Sciences, and then attended UCSF medical school where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honors Society. He 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 in 1986, and has been serving as the team physician for UCSB , Westmont College, The Santa Barbara Foresters, Santa Barbara High School, Bishop Diego and the Cate School. He has served on the board for numerous local non-profit organizations and has been a Foundation Trustee for UCSB since 1996.