NAVIO Certified Physicians 2017-08-17T19:56:22+00:00

NAVIO® Certified Orthopedic Surgeons

Dr John Velyvis

Doctor John Velyvis, MD

Director of Robotic Surgery – Seton Medical Center Orthopedics

Dr. Velyvis is a board-­certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement. He is driven to offer Bay Area patients the most advanced, minimally invasive surgeries in orthopedics. Specifically, he is a leading expert on robotic­s-assisted partial knee resurfacing surgery.

Dr. Velyvis studied biomedical engineering at Harvard, where he was also a member of the school’s elite rowing team. His four years of competition gave him a deep appreciation for human mechanics and body movement. Dr. Velyvis attended Columbia University’s prestigious School of Medicine and later completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital where he specialized in hip and knee surgery.

At his practice, he is focused on giving patients back their mobility and quality of life. He is passionate about offering patients the most advanced surgeries available. When he’s not directly treating patients at his office, Dr. Velyvis is often reading about the latest technologies and helping develop them with the world’s foremost biomedical companies.

Dr. Velyvis’ partial-­knee resurfacing helps patients experience shorter recovery times, shorter hospital stays and being to feel their joints move naturally more quickly than total knee replacement patients. Restoring his patients’ high quality of life is what he finds most fulfilling, so the best part of his day is follow-­up visits from patients who can’t believe they have their lives back.

Dr Alberto Bolanos

Doctor Alberto Bolanos, MD

Dr. Bolanos is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience performing complex arthritis surgery. He is a leader in the orthopedic field, having pioneered safer techniques of performing hip resurfacing surgery. Collaborating with UCSF professors, Dr. Bolanos also substantially improved surgical techniques for patients with massive bone loss. Dr. Bolanos was among the first orthopedists on the peninsula to perform reverse total shoulder arthroplasties, multimodal anesthetic techniques, and modern blood conservation techniques. In addition, Dr. Bolanos has designed new instruments to make surgery easier and safer, including the Bolanos Hip Retractor and the Bolanos Shoulder Retractor. Dr. Bolanos regularly lectures at Stanford Medical School and at national and international orthopedic meetings. He also serves as an Elite Reviewer for the prestigious Journal of Arthroplasty, and is a member of the exclusive American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

Dr. Bolanos is proud of his local roots. Born in San Francisco at UCSF, he went to U.C. Berkeley for his undergraduate studies before continuing to Stanford Medical School, where he received his M.D. He proceeded to New York’s Kingsbrook and Beth Israel Medical Centers for his orthopedic training and then completed his fellowship in the surgical treatment of arthritis at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, widely considered the leading orthopedic hospital in the United States. Dr. Bolanos also donates his time to underserved communities, including volunteering at Bay Area Church health fairs.

In addition to meeting with one of our NAVIO certified physicians, our dedicated staff will ensure you are well cared for and fully informed about your treatment options. If surgery is the best option, our team of experts will educate you on what to expect before, during, and after surgery. Please be sure to ask any questions you have along the way.
    Learn About Osteoarthritis Knee Pain and Causes
    Learn About The Anatomy of the Knee
    Learn About Non-Surgical Knee Treatment Options

    Doctor John Velyvis, MD Director of Robotic Surgery

    1. NAVIO Certified Physicians