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Dr. Arash Calafi Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Arash Calafi

Dr. Calafi is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in lower extremity, especially foot and ankle reconstruction, sports injuries, and trauma. A Southern California native, he spent much of his training away but is delighted to be back in the area where he grew up. Dr. Calafi earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley with highest distinction and then spent one year at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany conducting research pertaining to bone and cartilage biology. He then attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego. While in medical school he spent another year abroad at the world famous Charité – Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany doing orthopedic research, and subsequently, a traveling surgical fellowship at Charité Hospital where he learned different approaches and techniques for lower extremity surgery. He then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of California, Davis where he was elected a Chief Resident and “Resident of the Year”. To receive further sub- specialized training in foot and ankle surgery, including an extensive experience in ankle replacements, he pursued a fellowship at the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. In his free time he enjoys running, rowing, and biking and is a big film enthusiast. He is fluent in Persian and conversational in German.


  • 2018-Current
    Foot & Ankle Fellowship
    University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center
  • 2013-2018
    Orthopedic Surgery Residency
    University of California, Davis
    - Elected Chief Resident 2017-2018
    - Outstanding Resident of the Year 2017-2018
  • 2008-2013
    University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
    Doctor of Medicine
  • 2005-2007
    University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA
    Major: Molecular and Cell Biology (Cell and Developmental biology emphasis)
    - Graduated with Highest Honors in general scholarship (Summa Cum Laude), and Departmental Honors
    - Senior Honors Thesis and Honors Program
  • 2003-2005
    University of California, Irvine
    Biological Sciences
  • 1999-2003
    University High School. Irvine, CA
    High School diploma
    Graduated with California Scholarship Federation honors


  • 2017 - 2018
    Chief Resident, UC Davis Medical Center Department of Orthopedics
    Nominated by residents and faculty committee. Roles included: establishing the monthly on-call schedule for the department and maintaining appropriate resident coverage at all times, coordinating weekly resident didactic sessions, monthly Journal Club meetings, spring anatomy sessions, and organizing and leading OITE review sessions. Participated in residency application review and interviews. Represented residents at departmental, hospital, and other meetings. Established policies with Program Director Education Programs manager to improve resident processes.
  • 2011-2012
    Julius-Wolff Institute of the Brandenburg Center of Regenerative Therapies (Charite — Universitiitsmedizin Berlin, Germany)
    Research conducted with Dr. Britt Wildemann investigating in-vivo sustained-release models used for antibiotics and growth factors for orthopedic implant applications. The ultimate goal of this work is to prevent implant-related infections and improve fracture healing in trauma patients.
  • 2009
    Moore's Cancer Center (UC San Diego) Summer Research Fellow (Cheresh Lab, La Jolla, CA)
    Under a NIH medical student grant, I investigated the role of micro RNA 132 in regulation of Ras GAP (RASAI) and its cell-signaling effects on tumor angiogenesis.
  • 2007-2008
    Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry (Fassler Lab, Munich, Germany)
    Under a year-long DAAD scholarship, l conducted research with Dr. Attila Aszodi, investigating the role of Rho GTPases in growth plate formation and subsequent bone development. We created a transgenic mouse model using the Cre-lox system to selectively knockout RhoA in cartilage.
  • 2006
    UC Davis Medical Center Internship in Orthopedic research (Reddi Lab, UC Davis)
    Completed a project titled: “Insulin and Insulin Like Growth Factors (IGF-1 and II) and Its Supplement Regulate Superficial Zone Protein (SZP) In Articular Cartilage Surface Chondrocytes.”
  • 2005-2007
    Undergraduate Researcher in Molecular Biology (Schaffer Lab, UC Berkeley)
    • Involved in research project dealing with HIV Clad diversity and viral stochastic behavior
    • Skills involved include flow cytometry, cell culture, bacterial cloning. and genetic engineering techniques
    • Completed Senior Honor thesis entitled “Molecular Mechanisms of HIV-1 Latency: Stochastics in Gene Expression and Chromatin Regulation”


  • Calafi A, Skaggs A, Shelton TJ, Haus BM. Bilateral Destructive Hip Disease from Untreated Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: A Case Report. Accepted for publication in Case Reports in Orthopedics
  • Monazzam S, Williams KA, Shelton TJ, Calafi A, Haus BM. Anterior Center-Edge Angle on sagittal CT: A comparison of normal hips to dysplastic hips. Hip int. 28(5)L 535-541 (2018)
  • Singh A, Calafi A, Diefenbach C, Kreulen C, Giza E Noninsertional Tendinopathy of the Achilles.Foot Ankle din. 22(4):745-760 (2017)
  • Back DA, Bormann N, Calafi A, Zech J, Garbe LA, Muller M, Willy C, Schmidmaier G, Wildemann B. Testing of antibiotic releasing implant coatings to fight bacteria in combat associated osteomyelitis-an in-vitro study. Int Orthop. 40(5):1039-47 (2016)
  • Calafi A, Bormann N, Scharnweber D, Rentsch B, Wildemann B. A new concept for a drug releasing modular scaffold. Mater. Lett 119:119-122 (2014)
  • Burnett .1C, Lim K, Calafi A, Rossi J, Schaffer DV, Arkin, A. Combinatorial Latency Reactivation for HIV- I Subtypes and Variants. J Virol. 84(12): 5958-5974 (2010)


  • Monazzam S, Williams K, Calafi A, Shelton T, Haus B. Normal anterior center edge angle on Sagittal Computed Tomography: A study of 320 patients Publication Status: POSNA 2017 Poster
  • Monazzam S, Calafi A, Haus B. The Use of Preoperative 3D Modeling and Printing for guiding Peri Acetahular Ostcotomy in Hip Dysplasia. Status: POSNA 2017 Poster

Poster Presentations

  • Calafi A, Anand S, Cheresh D. Characterization of targets of an angiogenic microRNA, mir-132, in human endothelial cells. UCSD NIH Medical Student Conference. 2010, January 7, La Jolla, CA.
  • Calafi A, Chiu S, DuRaine G, Yamane S, Reddi AR Insulin and Insulin-like growth factors (IGF-I and II) and its supplement regulate superficial zone protein (SZP) in articular cartilage surface chondrocytes. 5th Annual California Tissue Engineering Meeting. 2006, September 15-16. Davis, CA

Honors And Awards

  • 2018
    Outstanding Resident of the Year, 2017-2018 (UC Davis Department of Orthopedic Surgery)
  • 2018
    Outstanding Senior Resident Research Award (UC Davis Department of Orthopedic Surgery)
  • 2011
    DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Graduate Scholarship (Julius Wolff Institute, Berlin)
  • 2009
    NIH Medical Student Summer Research Award
  • 2007
    Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society Induction
  • 2007
    I.L. Chaikoff Award for Neurobiology and Cell & Developmental Biology WC Berkeley)
  • 2007
    DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Undergraduate Scholarship (Max Planck Institute, Berlin)
  • 2006
    UC Davis Medical Center Orthopedic Research Grant
  • 2003-2005
    Big West Scholar-Athlete (men's crew), UC Irvine
  • 2003-2007
    Dean's Honor List, UC IrvinelUC Berkeley
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