About Dr. VARDIABASIS
Growing up with an affinity for competitive sports and an extended family full of physicians, Dr. Vardiabasis felt a natural pull toward a career in sports medicine. His own experiences as a young soccer and basketball player in southern California sparked his initial research interests and orthopedic work with athletes during his undergraduate years in sports medicine at Pepperdine University. Later, during a fellowship at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital, Dr. Vardiabasis provided orthopedic care for professional athletes in Major League Baseball, the United Soccer League, and the USA Rugby team at the World Cup.
Dr. Vardiabasis specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopy for shoulder, hips and, knees, as well as shoulder replacement, and cartilage repair and preservation. While his medical degree is in osteopathic medicine, he sees that as just one part of a larger, more holistic approach to patient care. “When helping a patient, I’m not seeing only that one joint. That’s tunnel vision. Instead, I’m approaching the whole person, so I can come up with the best treatment.”
Dr. Vardiabasis uses a model of shared decision-making, or “letting the patient be captain of the ship.” He shares information with patients and supports them as they consider and express their preferences and views throughout the decision-making process. His goal is to find common ground, present all his knowledge in an easy, direct and thorough way, while presenting plenty of opportunities for patients to to ask questions and express concerns.
Dr. Vardiabasis’ patients have found him caring, empathetic, a good listener, and always current on the latest medical approaches. He enjoys building a relationship with his patients—getting to know them, their interests, hobbies, background and goals—and spending extra time with them to address both their surgical and nonsurgical needs.
Helping a patient, I’m not seeing only that one joint. Instead, I’m approaching the whole person, so I can come up with the best treatment.
Heralding from a traditional, big Greek family, Dr. Vardiabasis’ has recently relocated to Los Gatos to put down new roots with his fiance, with whom he plans to explore the world, visiting a plethora of beaches, restaurants, and family members.
Rugby World Cup 2018 @ AT&T Park in San Francisco
Dr. Vardiabasis offers patients a full range of Orthopedic Care Services
- Cartilage Repair & Preservation
- Hip Arthroscopy
- Partial Knee Replacement
- Robotic Knee Replacement
- Sports Medicine
- Total Shoulder Replacement
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
Education and Experience
Dr. Vardiabasis spent most of his academic career in California, beginning as an undergraduate at Malibu’s Pepperdine University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine and cum laude distinction. Next, he graduated with honors from medical school at Western University of Sciences in Pomona, and was rewarded an orthopedic scholarship upon graduating.
Dr. Vardiabasis’ attended Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley for his medical internship and residency, where he focused on orthopedic surgery and received a scholarship for academic achievement.
Dr. Vardiabasis’ fellowship then took him across the country to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, enabling him to hone his skills in orthopedic sports medicine while working with professional baseball players on the Pittsburgh Pirates, professional soccer players on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and world-class rugby players on the U.S. national team.
In testament to his academic and professional achievements, Dr. Vardiabasis received a sponsorship to attend the annual national meeting of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, of which he is a member. He is also a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and has published papers on orthopedics.
BS Sports Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences
2017Internship & Residency
Riverside University Health System Medical Center
Allegheny General Hospital
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
CERTIFICATIONS and Memberships
Arthroscopy Association of North America
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
World Rugby Level 2