320 W Junipero St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
PHONE (805) 220-6020  |  FAX (805) 284-0085

Dr. William R. Gallivan Jr.

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Gallivan is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon. His mission is to provide superior orthopaedic care. Since opening his practice in 1992, he has focused on sports medicine and total joint replacement. He developed a keen interest in orthopaedics and sports medicine after a season ending football injury in high school. This interest led him to study at some of the most prestigious training programs available in orthopaedics.

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 orthopaedic training in Philadelphia as the Chief Resident of the Total Joint Service at the Rothman Institute. Training with Drs. Richard Rothman and Robert Booth, renowned orthopaedic surgeons and implant developers, sparked Dr. Gallivan’s passion for technology fostering his advanced approach to orthopaedic 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 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 after one day.

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

Happily married, Dr. Gallivan considers family a high priority. When not working, he enjoys time with his wife, Karen, an R.N., and their five 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: Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA


  • General Surgery Internship: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • Total Joint Services: Pennsylvania Hospital; Rothman Institute – Chief Resident Philadelphia, PA
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics: 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
  • Carpenteria High School – Team Physician

Hospital Affiliations

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Dr. Gallivan

William R. Gallivan, Jr., MD

Dr. Gallivan specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopaedic conditions and performs many orthopaedic procedures including:

  • Knee Replacement
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Sports Medicine
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Computer-Assisted Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Arthroscopy