Alan Zhang

JBJS is pleased once again to highlight our Elite Reviewers. The Elite Reviewers Program recognizes our best reviewers for their outstanding efforts. All JBJS reviewers help us maintain the highest standards for quality orthopaedic publishing. Today we introduce Alan Zhang.


Alan Zhang, MD


University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Years in practice: 

8 years.

How did you begin reviewing for other journals and for JBJS in particular?

First of all, after authoring original research articles as a junior faculty, I received invitations to be a reviewer for multiple journals. Therefore, I was the first author on the first clinical research study to evaluate the effects of overlapping surgery on patient outcomes. JBJS have published the study in 2016 (PMID: 27852902).

The article garnered significant national attention. As a result, I started writing an editorial in JAMA Intern Med after this. Subsequently, I accepted an invitation to be a reviewer for JBJS and have continued ever since.

How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

As always, organization is key to a healthy work/life balance. Being organized allows me to allot appropriate time for clinical and academic endeavors. From another side, it also prevents blending of these activities into my family life.

There are time slots in my calendar throughout the week for work activities. However, outside of these times, I make sure to stop working so I can protect time for my private life.

Aside from orthopaedic manuscripts, what have you been reading lately?

I like reading the Dog Man series. My 6- and 4-year-old boys love these graphic novellas and I have been reading it to them every night for the past few months.

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