William R. Gallivan Jr., MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Santa Barbara, CA & Solvang, CA

About William R. Gallivan, MD

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.

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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.


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