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Alan Y. Yan, MD FAAOS

Board Certified Orthopedic SurgeonFoot & Ankle Lower Extremity Reconstruction Specialist

Dr. Alan Y. Yan is an ABOS board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot & Ankle surgery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has had extensive training and experiences in orthopedic surgery, and is affiliated with UPMC hospitals, including Presbyterian, Shadyside and Mercy. He speaks multiple languages, including Chinese (Mandarin)

  • Assistant Professor in Orthopedic Surgery (current)
    University of Pittsburg Medical Center
    Pittsburg, PA
  • Candidate Workgroup Member of International Education Committee of ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) of ACS (American Colleges of Surgeons)
  • Assistant Professor in Orthopedic Surgery (former)
    Creighton University
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Committee member of the membership committee AOFAS (American Orthopaedic Foot Ankle Society)
  • Former Chair of International Education Committee Taskforce AOFAS (American Orthopaedic Foot Ankle Society)
  • Co-Founder ACMEHealth (American Chinese Medical Elite Health Organization)
  • Consultant: Acumed, LLC.
  • Consultant: Biotech Orthotics & Prosthetics North Carolina
  • Visiting Associate Professor in Orthopedic Surgery: Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Visiting Associate Professor in Orthopedic Surgery: Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine
  • Visiting Professor in Orthopedic Surgery: Xian Honghui Hosptial


  • Stony Brook University School of Medicine, State University of New York 08/2004-06/2008
    Doctor of Medicine
    Valedictorian of Graduating Class of 2008
  • City College of City University of New York 01/2002-06/2004
    Post-baccalaureate in Premedical Program
  • Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine 09/1988-06/1993
    Bachelor of Medicine in Chinese Medicine


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Residency in Orthopedic Surgery 07/2008 to 06/2013
  • Longhua Hospital affiliated to Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
    Residency in Integrative Trauma & Orthopedics 07/1993 – 11/1996


  • University of Minnesota/Regions Hospital/ Combined Adult Reconstruction & Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship 08/2014 – 08/2015
  • Duke University Medical Center Foot & Ankle Fellowship 08/2013 – 08/2014

License Information

  • NPI number – 1376703157
  • State License number – MD461749
  • DEA number – FY6927202


  • PROMS (Patient-Reported Outcome Measures) in Orthopedic Surgery Outcome Analysis
  • Stem Cell & Regenerative medicine in Orthopedic Surgery: plantar fascia & tendon biology
  • Biomechanical Perspectives in fibular nail implants
  • DMAA angle clinical & cadaveric verification with advanced imaging studies
  • Rehabilitation Telemedicine Application for ROM in Foot Ankle Surgery
  • Evolution of Lisfranc joint in human
  • Marijuana in Orthopedic surgery, cartilage damage and implications
  • Ankle arthritis model and inflammatory markers and implications
  • Sesamoid anatomy biomechanics
  • DMAA 3D printing study and implication
  • Ankle arthritis model in vivo and invitro 2019 to present
  • Clinical application of nanoscope in foot ankle surgery 2019 to present
  • External Fixation in Calcaneus Fracture under Dr. Peter Cole, University of Minnesota 2014 to current
  • Varus Ankle in Total Ankle Arthroplasty: Outcome & Classification Studies under Dr. Mark Easley, Duke University Hospital 2013
  • Retrospective Clinical Study of Surgical Approaches of Calcaneal Fracture under Dr. Lew Schon, Union Memorial Hospital, Dr. Lynn Jones, Johns Hopkins University 2010 to 2013 (paper submission)
  • Carotid Endarterectomy Long-term follow-up and clinical outcome of carotid re-stenosis under Dr. John Ricotta, Chair of Department of surgery, vascular surgery, Stony Brook School of Medicine 2005-2008
  • HHV 8 epidemiology in AIDs patient with PCR quantification analysis under Dr. William Boto, Professor of Biology & Virology, CUNY City College
  • Ultrastructure Morphology Study on Anti-aging Function of Albino Rats of herbal medicine under Professor Peifa Yao, Geriatric Medicine, Shanghai Longhua Hospital 1991-1993

Posters & Presentation

  • UPMC Resident Education Series: Foot Ankle Anatomy: Jan. 2020
  • UPMC Medical Student Education Series: Family Medicine Rotation: Foot Ankle Surgery: Jan. 2020
  • UPMC Resident Education Series: Foot Ankle Biomechanics: Jan. 2019
  • COA Xiamen 2018: Biomechanics 52 Bones 11/2018 Xiamen, China
  • UPMC Ground Round Moderator: Adult Acquired Flat Foot Updates: Feb. 2018
  • UPMC Resident Education Series: Foot Ankle Hallux Disorders & Achilles Pathology: Feb. 2018
  • AOFAS 2018 Meeting speaker of premeeting education series: Lisfranc injury Jul 2018
  • Modulator AOFAS 2018 What’s New in Asia Jul 2018
  • Modulator AOFAS 2018 Guest Nation Special Series Jul 2018
  • Acumed Sponsored APAC Surgical Skill Course: Sept. 2017
    Surgical skills in Fibular Nailing, Jones Fracture and Calcaneal Fracture fixation
  • The 1st Term Oriental Trauma Summit: 2nd Term Foot Ankle Surgery Conference Aug 2017 Shanghai Oriental Hospital Tongji University School of Medicine: Diabetic Foot Ankle Clinical Strategies & Challenges
  • Shanghai Integrative Medicine Hospital: Aug. 2017
    Diabetic Foot Clinical Strategies: how we do it in the U.S.
  • CAOS Meeting May 2017 Guangzhou: Varus Ankle TAA Evidence & Strategy
  • CAOS Meeting May 2017 Guangzhou: External Fixation of Calcaneus Fracture Evidence & Surgical Techniques
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University 6th People’s Hospital: Perioperative Management in Orthopedic Patient State of Art in the U.S. 5/2017 Shanghai, China
  • Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine & affliated Longhua Hospital: Orthopedic Rehabilitation Overview in the U.S. 5/2017 Shanghai, China
  • COA Meeting 2016 Beijing: MIS Management of Diabetic & Osteoporotic Ankle Fracture 11/2016 Beijing, China
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University 6th People’s Hospital: Residency Training in Orthopedic Surgery in the U.S. 8/2015 Shanghai, China
  • Shanghai Fudan Huashan Hospital: Foot Ankle Surgery Overview in the U.S., 8/2015, Shanghai, China
  • Chinese Medical Association Foot Ankle Division: Fibular nailing in Diabetic and Osteoporosis Patients, 3/2016, Shanghai, China
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University Ruijin Hospital: foot ankle surgery review, 3/2016. Shanghai ,China
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University 6th People’s Hospital: Calcaneal Fracture Options and Outcomes, 3/2016 Shanghai, China
  • IFFAS / AOFAS Annual Meetings, September 19-23, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
    & Southern Orthopaedic Association 31st Annual Meeting 2014 at Beaver Creek, CO:
    Podium Presentation: A. Yan, M. Easley, S. Adams, J. DeOrio, J. Nunley. Comparison of Total Ankle Arthroplasty for End Stage Ankle Arthritis in Varus and Neutral Alignment
  • AAOS Annual Meeting 2011 at San Diego, CA:
    Poster Exhibition: A. Mesfin, P. Farjoodi, Y, Tuakli-Wosornu, A. Yan, M. Lemma, D. LaPorte.
    An Analysis of the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination Rehabilitation Section
  • Imperizzli, Y. Yan, J. Ricotta, et. al. Poster on Vascular Surgery Resident Competition. 2006, 0(0) Carotid Endarectomy Using Everted Cervical Vein Patching: Immediate & Long Term Results


  • Williams KL: Midfoot Arthritis in Chou LB, ed: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Foot and Ankle 6. Rosemont, IL, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2019, pp 159-166.
    Ch. 5. Midfoot Arthritis
  • Master Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery: Sports Medicine, 2nd Edition (Freddie Fu) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins July 2019
    Ch. 56: Posterior Tibial Tendon Release and Stabilization
    Ch. 57: Indications for Operative Management of Peroneal Tendon Injuries
    Ch. 58: Achilles Tendon Injury and Surgical Repair
  • Yan AY, Hogan MV. Total Ankle Arthroplasty: An Emerging Paradigm for End-Stage Ankle Arthritis. Ortho RESTORE. Winter 2018 Department of Orthopedic Surgery. UPMC.
  • Yan AY, Adams SB, Schon LC. Minimally invasive operative treatment of displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures via the sinus tarsi approach. In: Bluman EM, Chiodo CP (eds). Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Foot and Ankle. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012
  • Yan AY, Bertrand TE, Zura RD, Adams SB, Parekh SG. Novel Technique for Treatment of Calcaneal Tuberosity Fractures. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2016 Spring;25(1):58-63.
  • Yan A, Faro F, Schon L. Using Cement Plugs in Soft Tissue Infection and Osteomyelitis. 2014; 37: 32-36. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20131219-04
  • Mesfin, P. Farjoodi, Y, Tuakli-Wosornu, A. Yan, M. Lemma, D. LaPorte. An Analysis of the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination Rehabilitation Section. J Surg Educ. 2012 May-Jun;69(3):286-91. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2011.10.006. Epub 2011 Nov 29.
  • Yan, A. Mesfin, L. Schon. Sports Medicine Update: Lateral Process Talus Fracture in a Kayaking Sports Injury. Orthopaedics, Vol. 34 No. 4. April 2011
  • Wang, Z. Yan, Y. Yan, et. al. Geriatrics Disorders and Self Care Managing by Shanghai Medical University Publishing House. 1998, 0(0):164-167 Chapter: Osteoporosis in Geriatrics
  • Yan, X. Li, P. Yao The Morphologic Observation of the Ultrastructure on Anti-aging Function of Albino Rats Treated by Kidney Tonifying Formula. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 1998, 26(0)
  • Wang, Z. Yan, Y. Yan, X. Li, et. al. Chapter: Rehabilitation Nursing Care of Common Orthopedic patients. Prevention & Treatment of Osteoporosis by Shanghai Science & Techology Publishing House. 1998, 0(0):123-138
  • Yan. Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion (Volume 1, 6, 7, 8) (Translator & English Editor, Narrator) W.H.O. Designated Audio & Visual Teaching Series by Chinese Medical Audio-Visual Organization. 1996, 0(0)
  • Yan. Documentary: The Introduction of Surgery in Chinese Medicine. Shanghai TV Station International Broadcasting Program. 1995, 0(0)

Professional Memberships

  • AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
  • AOFAS (American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society)
  • OTA (Orthopaedic Trauma Association): former member
  • ICJR (International Congress for Joint Reconstruction): former member
  • AANA (Arthroscopy Association of North America): former member
  • AAHKS (American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons): former member
  • AAOP (American Academy of Orthotics & Prothetics) Society Membership: CAD/CAM: former member