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Nicolas Vardiabasis, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

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.

Personal Interests

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.

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Rugby World Cup 2018 @ AT&T Park in San Francisco

Dr. Vardiabasis offers patients a full range of Orthopedic Care Services

Total Knee Replacement

The Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic team specializes in total knee replacement as a safe,..

Knee Arthroscopy

Knee injuries are common for every type of patient—young or old, active or sedentary.

Shoulder Arthroscopy

Whether you’re a weekend warrior, professional athlete, or labor worker, a shoulder injury...

Other 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.

  • 2007
    Undergraduate

    Pepperdine University

    BS Sports Medicine

  • 2012
    Medical School

    Western University of Health Sciences

  • 2017
    Internship & Residency

    Riverside University Health System Medical Center

    Orthopedic Surgery

  • 2018
    Fellowship

    Allegheny General Hospital

    Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

1. Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic - Los Gatos

14651 S. Bascom Avenue Suite #280
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Monday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Tuesday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Thursday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Friday 9:00AM – 12:00PM

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F: 408-358-5125

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CERTIFICATIONS and Memberships

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Arthroscopy Association of North America
Member

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American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Member

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member

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World Rugby Level 2
Certificate