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Meet Dr. Bolanos

Orthopedic Surgeon, San Mateo

Dr. Bolanos

As a mentor, adviser, and team leader, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alberto Bolanos knows what it takes to be a trendsetter in orthopedic medicine. Often the first to approach surgeries with new techniques and tools, he understands what it means to find newer, better ways to treat orthopedic conditions just like yours.

Dr. Bolanos is an accomplished researcher and teacher with a variety of published articles, interviews, and chapters in his name. He is a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). Membership in this society is available only to surgeons with a unique expertise and proficiency in surgery of the hip and knee.

The OIBA Difference

With us, you are never a number, and your needs are never pushed aside. Because we recognize that healing requires proper management of mind, body, and spirit, Dr. Bolanos is well-versed in addressing your individual needs for the best possible outcome.

Getting the personalized, professional care you need is easy thanks to the individual attention and whole-body approach given by Dr. Bolanos and the Orthopedic Institute of the Bay Area. He serves the Bay Area of San Mateo and the surrounding areas of Daly City, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, Foster City, Redwood City, and San Carlos. Dr. Bolanos looks forward to getting to know you.

College: University of California, Berkeley

Medical School: Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Residency: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Fellowship: Surgical Treatment of Arthritis, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY 

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Western Orthopaedic Association
  • California Orthopaedic Association
  • Orthopaedics Overseas
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)
  • Political Action Committee of the AAOS
  • California Medical Association
  • San Mateo County Medical Association
  • American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons


  • Past President, Western Orthopaedic Association, Northern California Chapter
  • Co-Founder, American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Former Board of Directors, San Mateo County Medical Association
  • Former Diversity Advisory Board, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Elite Reviewer, Journal of Arthroplasty
  • Former Board of Directors, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group
  • Past Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
  • Former Board of Directors, Mission Neighborhood Health Center

Professional Accomplishments

From the operating room to the boardroom, Dr. Bolanos has dedicated his time and expertise to helping patients. He invented the Bolanos Hip Retractor to make hip surgery safer and more effective, and he was the first in his region to offer:

  • Bolanos Shoulder Retractor
  • Outpatient total joint replacement
  • Hip resurfacing surgery
  • Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty
  • Multimodal anesthesia
  • Cage reconstructive techniques for massive pelvic damage
  • Development of the Bolanos Hip Retractor for safer hip surgery
  • Creation of a new approach for hip resurfacing
  • The Watson-Jones surgical approach


Dr. Bolanos developed new techniques for performing revision hip replacements and also hip resurfacing surgery. His techniques have improved the way hip resurfacing surgery and revision hip surgery is performed.

Patient Education

From symptoms and diagnosis to treatment and prevention, learn about common orthopedic conditions in our interactive patient education center.

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