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William R. Gallivan JR., MD


About William R. Gallivan JR., MD 

Dr. Gallivan is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon. Since opening his practice in 1992, he has focused on sports medicine and joint replacement surgery. 

Born in Arrington, England, Dr. Gallivan is a fourth-generation surgeon. He earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. In 1987, he completed a General Surgery internship at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He completed his orthopedic training in Philadelphia as the Chief Resident of the Total Joint Service at the Rothman Institute. Training with Dr. Richard Rothman and Dr. Robert Booth, two renowned orthopedic surgeons and implant developers, sparked Dr. Gallivan’s passion for technology and fostered his advanced approach to orthopedic surgery and treatment, which continues today. In 1992, Dr. Gallivan completed an Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine fellowship at The Institute for Bone and Joint Disorders in Phoenix, AZ.

Dr. Gallivan returned to Santa Barbara in 1992 and started his practice. He was the first surgeon on the West Coast to use Computer Assisted Surgery (CAS) to perform hip resurfacing. He also utilizes robotic navigation for the minimally invasive total hip and knee replacement surgeries he performs. With a comprehensive approach, he has developed a Rapid Recovery program for total joints. This protocol has enabled the vast majority of his patients to leave the hospital on the same day as their surgery.

Dr. Gallivan strictly adheres to the principles of focused patient care, wellbeing, and comfort. From the first to final visit, Dr. Gallivan strives to ensure that the patient’s experience is positive and successful.

Happily married, Dr. Gallivan considers family a high priority. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Karen, an R.N., and their six children. His many interests include rugby, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, martial arts, horseback riding, guitar and ukulele, and travel.


Undergraduate: Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

Medical Education: Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

General Surgery Internship: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA

Orthopedic Surgery Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Total Joint Services: Pennsylvania Hospital; Rothman Institute – Chief Resident Philadelphia, PA

Pediatric Orthopedics: Alfred I. duPont Institute, Wilmington, DE

Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy Fellowship: Institute for Bone and Joint Disorder, Phoenix, AZ

Past & Present Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Board of Counselors 2001–2004)

California Orthopaedic Association (Board of Directors 1994–2004)

Arthroscopy Association of North America

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table, Board of Directors

Arthritis Foundation Regional Board of Directors

Santa Barbara Medical Society

California Medical Association

Sport/Team Affiliations



AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Consultant Since 1992

ASP Pro Surf Tour USA, Brazil, Portugal, France, Tahiti

NBA LA Clippers Training Camp Team Physician

Pro Cycling Tour de California

PRCA Pro Rodeo

PBR Pro Bull Riding

Santa Barbara Triathlon

USA Rugby – Olympic Training Camp

College/High School

UCSB Rugby Team Physician

ASU Assistant Team Physician 1992

Loyola Mary Mount Assistant Trainer 1978

Philadelphia Medical Rugby Football Club 1984-1990 – Team Physician

UCSB International Rugby Tournament 1992-2005 – Medical Director

Ironwood High School 1991 – Team Physician

Radnor High School 1989-1990 – Team Physician

Carpinteria High School – Team Physician


Hospital Affiliations

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Goleta Valley College Hospital

Santa Yenz Cottage Hospital


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