Hafiz F. Kassam M.D, F.R.C.S.C

Advanced Shoulder & Elbow Reconstruction, 
Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Trauma

  Dr. Kassam has extensive experience in complex shoulder and elbow surgery, sports injuries and traumatic orthopedic reconstruction. He is Board Certified by both the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. After completing his residency at the University of Toronto, he received sub-specialty training at both Yale University and the Bone and Joint Institute. There, he mastered minimally invasive techniques in shoulder and elbow joint replacement as well as advanced arthroscopy and non-operative treatments. He is currently an upper extremity specialist with the Sutter North Medical Group and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at California Northstate University where is he is helping to develop innovative educational models and undergraduate interest in Orthopedics. 

   Believing in evidence-based choices for his patients and improving outcomes in modern orthopedics, Dr. Kassam has published numerous original scientific research articles, technique guides, instructional videos and has presented his work on both the national and international stage. He is the Program Chair for the annual Northern California Shoulder and Elbow Course and sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty (JSEA). He peer-reviews for The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (JSES), Shoulder & Elbow (S & E) and Arthroscopy. Dr. Kassam is a member of  the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Canadian Orthopedic Association as well as the highly selective American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES) . He attends the annual invited Mayo Clinic "Teach the Teachers" elbow group and is an invited member of the international ASES Massive Rotator Cuff Tear Research Initiative (MERIT). 

  His involvement in these forums has given him extensive experience in the latest technologies and designs in shoulder and elbow surgery such as total and reverse shoulder replacement, including stemless bone-sparing designs as well as cutting edge arthroscopic procedures such as rotator cuff patch augmentation and arthroscopic treatment of sports injuries. He is also one of the few physicians in Northern California who performs complex procedures including revision shoulder and elbow surgery, muscle transfer operations, superior capsule reconstruction and advanced arthroscopic implantation of both amniotic cell and adult human tissue grafts.


   An avid sportsman himself, and having competed internationally as a ranked middleweight boxer, Dr. Kassam is uniquely situated to understand the needs of the competitive athlete and the particular difficulties they can encounter. He has significant expertise in treating shoulder and elbow instability, labral tears, rotator cuff pathology as well as tendonitis of the shoulder and elbow. He is currently a Ringside Physician for USA Boxing and his volunteer community outreach includes being Head Team Physician for the Marysville Unified School District as well as Yuba Community College. He has previously served as a Team Physician for Yale Varsity Athletics as well as the CT State Champions Darien HS Football team.

    Dr. Kassam is passionate about his work and approaches each of his patients with empathy and sound judgement to ensure they all achieve their best possible outcome.  

Personalized Care. Evidence-based Decisions. Your Quality of Life.

Current Clinical


Attending Orthopedic Surgeon

Sutter Health North Medical Group 

Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery

California Northstate University School of Medicine

Current Administrative  Appointments

Program Chair/Course Director

Northern California Shoulder and Elbow Course

Vice Chief of Staff 

Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley


Shoulder, Elbow & Sports Surgery

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Complex Shoulder & Elbow Surgery 

Bone & Joint Institute 

Hartford, Connecticut


Orthopedic Surgery

University of Toronto

Toronto, Canada

Selected Publications

Kovacevic D, Suriani R … Kassam H F…Schmidt C, et al. “Management of irreparable massive rotator cuff tears: a systematic review and meta-analysis of patient-reported outcomes, reoperation rates, and treatment response” Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (JSES), December 2020, Volume 29, Issue 12, Pages 2459-2475, DOI: 10.1016/j.jse.2020.07.030

Peters M C, Gilmer B B, Kassam H F, “Diagnostic and Therapeutic Elbow Arthroscopy Using Small Bore Needle Arthroscopy” Arthroscopy Techniques, November 2020 Volume 9, Issue 11, e1703-e1708, DOI: 10.1016/j.eats.2020.07.013.


Kassam H F, Suriani R, Berman J, et al. “Arthroscopic Partial Rotator Cuff Repair for Massive Rotator Cuff Tears” Operative Techniques in Orthopedics, December 2018, Vol. 28, Issue 4, pgs. 195-200, DOI 10.1053/j.oto.2018.08.003


Saad M, Kassam H F, Suriani R, et al. “Performance of PROMIS Global- 10 to Legacy Instruments in Patients with Shoulder Arthritis” Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (JSES), December 2018, Vol. 27, Issue 12, pgs. 2249-225


Richardson A, Kassam H F, Steele J, et al. “Development and Validation of a Clinical Risk Calculator for Prolonged Opioid Use After Shoulder Surgery” Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (JSES), Volume 28, Issue 8, DOI: 10.1016/j.jse.2019.04.033

Richardson A, Kassam H F, Pan S, et al “Performance of PROMIS Global- 10 to Legacy Instruments in Patients with Rotator Cuff Disease” American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM) November 27, 2018, DOI 10.1177/0363546518810508

Berman J, Fink A, Kassam H F, et al. “Predictors of Length of Stay and Discharge Disposition in Shoulder Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review” Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (JAAOS), November 28, 2018 DOI 10.5435/JAAOS-D-18-00244

Szowlenmyer L, Kuether J, Kassam H F et al. “Outcomes following Posterior Capsular Plication in Shoulder Arthroplasty” Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty (JSEA), Jan 2019, Vol. 3, DOI 10.1177/2471549218822389

Kahan J, Kassam H F, Richardson A, et al “Performance of PROMIS Global-10 to Legacy Instruments in Patients with Arthroscopic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis of the Elbow” Arthroscopy

Mar 2019, 35(3):770-774DOI: 10.1016/j.arthro.2018.09.019

Hafiz F. Kassam, M.D., F.R.C.S.C.

Sutter Health North Medical Group

470 Plumas Blvd

Yuba City, CA, 95991

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