what you should know

San Jose, California

Training Background
    University of San Francisco
Medical School
    Saint Louis University School of Medicine
    Stanford University Hospital & Clinics
        Orthopaedic Surgery
    Stanford University Hospital & Clinics
        Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Medical Board of California
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
California Dept of Public Health - Radiologic Branch

Affiliations & Professional Appointments

Medical / Orthopaedic Societies
  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  Major League Soccer Team Physician Society
  Western Orthopaedic Association
  California Orthopaedic Association
  International Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Clinical Appointments
  Stanford University School of Medicine         
        Clinical Assistant Professor

Hospital Affiliations
  Stanford University Hospital & Clinics
  El Camino Los Gatos Hospital
  Good Samaritan Hospital

Born and raised in San Jose, California, The Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area has always been home for Dr. Vaughn.  In high school and college, he travelled throughout the United States and several places around the world as an elite soccer player, representing the USA on numerous occasions.  He played for several premier youth soccer clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, including serving as captain of the development team for the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks (now reclaiming the name of the San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS). 

He also captained the United States Western Regional soccer team for 4 years as part of the Olympic Development Program and was a member of the USA National Team pool of players, training to play in both the Olympics and World Cup.  His final years of competitive soccer were spent as the captain of the University of San Francisco Men’s Soccer team as a scholarship athlete.  During this time he completed his pre-medical education with a major in Biology and a minor in Biochemistry and graduated with honors.

After completing a post-graduate year of research at UCSF, he entered medical school at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and graduated with honors and a distinction in research award.  He then returned to the Bay Area to begin his Orthopaedic Surgery residency training at Stanford University.  Following residency, he was selected to undergo fellowship subspecialty training in Sports Medicine at Stanford University.  This afforded the opportunity to provide highly specialized care for numerous athletic teams and professional athletes from a wide range of team and individual sports.  He was also chosen to be one of the team physicians for the San Francisco 49ers and will assume the role of Head Team Physician for the NBA Golden State Warriors.

He has served on residency advisory boards, taught medical school courses, conducted medical and biomechanical research, developed new surgical techniques, authored chapters in medical textbooks, and given lectures and presentations at local and international conferences.

At the completion of his fellowship training, he was hired by Stanford University to establish a new Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine specialty clinic in Los Gatos, California.  It is here that he has established his practice of caring for the active patient population.  Dr. Vaughn’s background and training has put him in a unique position to care for patients at all levels of sporting interests: professional, competitive and recreational alike.  However, he prides himself on treating all patients with the same professional care that he gives to elite athletes, with compassion and customized care to keep his patients healthy and active.


                 Stanford University Orthopaedic Surgery
                          Sports Medicine Specialist
555 Knowles Drive
Suite 211
Los Gatos, California 95032
Office: (408) 866-6651
Zack Vaughn, MD
NFL - San Francisco 49ers
UFL - United Football League
On-site team physician (California)
National Senior Games
SAP Open Tennis
Ballet San Jose
Stanford University 
Men’s & Women’s NCAA teams
NBA - Golden State Warriors
NFL Scouting Combine
Stanford Invitational 
High School and Collegiate Track and Field / Cross-Country Event
Stanford University 
Men’s & Women’s Rugby Team Physician
Bay Area Bandits Women’s Football Team Physician
US Soccer
MLS - San Jose Earthquakes Head Team Physician