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I am a fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine. While my interest focuses on the knee and shoulder, I treat a variety of conditions in both the athlete and non-athlete. I am an advocate of conservative management and work closely with all of my patients to create an individualized treatment plan to get every patient back to a healthy and active lifestyle. When surgery is necessary, I perform all of my procedures through minimally invasive or arthroscopic techniques. I specialize in ligament reconstruction, cartilage restoration procedures, meniscus pathology, rotator cuff and labrum tears, as well as fracture care, tendon repair, and joint replacement.
Verified Patient Reviews
Loved my visit with Dr. Pathare. The front desk was extremely friendly and prompt. I had filled out all my forms on Zocdoc ahed of time, so it was extremely quick for me to get through the check-in process (which is not always true). The nurses were friendly, asked about my issues, then took an X-ray. Dr. Pathare was professional and patient with me when he saw me.
Very clear explanation and friendly staffs!
Dr Neil was a cool doctor. Our interaction was quick due to a simple sprained ankle so the issue didn’t require more visits. I liked him overall.
Great doctor. I was very impressed and would definitely recommend.
Dr. Pathare was able to diagnose and offer treatment options right away.
Excellent doctor, highly recommended.
Very happy with my visit as 1 first patient. Very professional, gave me lots of confidence on diagnoses, good assistant. Easy of booking++
Caring and accommodating. He explained my diagnosis and treatment well. Office staff was also very friendly!
Dr. Pathare was very knowledgeable and thorough. Really cared about my injury and made sure I understood the course of treatment
Quick and thorough! Explained my diagnoses verbally and visually - also double checked for other symptoms.
Appointment was short and sweet. He immediately knew what was causing my pain, prescribed treatment, 2 weeks later pain was completely gone. Highly recommended.
Dr. Pathare was very professional and caring in evaluating my injury. He thoroughly explained his recommended course of treatment. Overall, it was an efficient and effective visit.
Doctor Neil is very patient, professional and understanding, highly recommended!
Really professional, great listener and concise and clear in diagnose as well as treatment. Loved the experience and would not hesitate to come back if I ever get injured again
Dr. Pathare could not have been better. Awesome beside manner and super helpful.
One of the best doctors I've been too. Took the time to explain things to you.
Dr Pathare really focuses on the patient and the medical issue. He saw me immediately last year after I broke my tibia and had excellent follow through during the healing and recovery. I now use Dr Patgare for a knee issue and he got to the root cause. I can highly recommend Dr Pathare.
Dr Pathare was excellent. His whole team were very nice and made a scary Dr visit a welcoming experience. I'm almost sad I am healed, it was that nice to go there.
Was an easy visit, everything was smooth.
It was a miserable cold rainy day, but the visit with Dr. Pathare was good. Routine injection into my knee. Painful aftermath, but better the next morning (probably fairly typical for that treatment). He took a little more time to answer my questions, which was nice.
Great visit- nice doctor, will definitely see him for anything else that comes up. Office staff is awesome too.
Most of the set-up, follow-up questions, etc. were handled by an assistant. The doctor arrived to do the treatment. Visit was quite brief, but is a follow-up to an initial assessment which was somewhat longer.
Great doctor as always !!
I got in quickly and the desk staff was great. I felt that Dr. Parthare understood that my goal was to get back to running, not change my lifestyle long-term. He made me comfortable and confident that I'll be able to get back on the trails.
He is very professional. He does not waist unnecessary time. He makes it easy to understand everything precisely.
If you break a bone go see him!
Neil and his medical assistant are straight to the point and thorough. As a former athlete, I've been to several other sports medicine doctors in the past, and thought he knew his stuff and asked the right questions. The woman who took X-Rays is also efficient and kind.
The appointment felt a little rushed, but maybe my case was just cut and dry. He answered all of my questions and recommended a conservative treatment for my herniated disc, which is what I was hoping for. Would recommend!
Dr. Pathare was quick, but didn't rush me. He not only diagnosed my issue, but patiently worked through questions I had related to care. He has a great bedside manner and I'd happily recommend him!
Neil is a thoughtful and informative doctor. Will recommend to my friends in the future.
Dr. Pathare is very careful, caring and good at making sure you understand what the condition and treatment are. I highly recommend him.
Dr. Pathare is very compassionate and efficient. Wait time was super quick.
Dr Pathare's office was easy to get to, the front desk staff was friendly and quick to give me the necessary paperwork for my appointment. Once I got to my room, the physician's assistant asked a few questions related to my reasons for coming into the office and advised an X-ray. The follow-up with Dr. Pathare was immediate and he quickly gave me advice and a proper diagnosis before answering my (many) questions in detail and sending me on my way. The entire process was informative and helpful, I highly recommend his office if you have orthopedic needs of any kind.
Personable and thorough. Was actually seen at the time of my appointment, which is rare and works well if going during working hours.
I have seen many doctors over the course of my 62 years. The experience of seeing Dr. Pathare was akin to having someone in your family who just happens to be an Orthopedic Specialist. He took all the time I needed to explain what my issues were. He was empathetic and engaged throughout. (I have had WAY too many experiences in the past where doctors have their faces buried in lab reports or medical records while I address the top of their head.) Only after we spoke for awhile did he do a hands-on examination and THEN we spoke about the X-ray results. I came into his office this morning really apprehensive about what was going on with my back. He probably sensed that and immediately put me at ease. His approach could not have been better. I would recommend him to ANYONE who wants to have the experience of being in partnership with a warm and caring medical professional ...
His intent was to localize the problem which I believe is extremely important in diagnosing patients. I appreciate that. Great listener.
Dr Pathare was great! I would highly recommend him to friends and family.
I like the office and they have x-ray machine in the office so that made it really convenient. The Dr. was nice and I would definitely recommend him to friends and family.
I was really disappointed with my recent appointment with Dr. Pathare. After commuting a great distance to attend this appointment, he spoke with me for about 5 minutes. It felt very rushed and apathetic. I have been suffering from my issue for over 6 months, and was getting frustrated and overwhelmed because of the lack of improvement. I came to Dr. Pathare to understand the cause of my repeated injuries, but he did not provide any answers and only superficially addressed the symptoms. Doctors needs to realize that patients are coming to them in the most vulnerable state and are looking for answers. It is important to show empathy and be interested in diagnosing the cause as opposed to just treating symptoms and running out of the door for another appointment. Needless to say, I will not be coming back to him!
Dr. Pathare was who I went to see for a second opinion after I broke my ankle, and I immediately switched to him after my appointment. Dr. Pathare took the time to explain my fracture, show me the X-rays and since my fracture was in a Grey area that could or could not require surgery. My first doctor did not help me think through that decision, and I am happy to say that I did not have surgery and my ankle healed great on it's own! I would highly recommend Dr. Pathare.
Went in with a patellar tendon tear, I had a MRI elsewhere and brought it in with me. He looked at the MRI immediately, his assistant asked detailed questions and both genuinely cared about what was going on with my knee. They referred me to PTs in the area that worked with my insurance and recommended I come back to check in after a few weeks. I'm very happy with Pathare's ability to be straight forward and clear in his communication.
It's more a business rather than helping people, he did not hel me to find out about my problem, he saw me for less than 3 minutes
As usual, knowledgable and professional. Great at explaining the physiology of injuries.
Dr. Pathare seemed really knowledgable and friendly. He was extremely efficient (and talked very quickly). My actual appointment was probably only 5-10 minutes and he was able to take xrays, diagnose the issue, and provide me with a prescription for both medication and PT.
The doctor was super thorough in his examination. He and his staff listened attentively to my history. He's super conservative about surgeries and suggested a course of PT before we do anything else. Really like him.
Really enjoyed my visit. Whole staff was nice, place was really inviting. Dr. Pathare put me at ease that I don't have a significant injury and gave me a really easy but thorough set of next steps to follow. Would have made my appointment weeks ago if I knew it was so smooth.
He really wasn't the right doctor to look at the issue I had. I clearly stated what the issue was in the ZocDoc form so it really is confusing as to why the office even saw me. Also, it doesn't seem accurate that he's listed as a sports medicine specialist since he can't actually treat all of the things one would look for with that specialty.
I took a tumble over the weekend and had a not-so-great visit to the ER (rushed me in and out). I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Pathare just to double check that everything with my knee was ok, and he was so thorough (took many X-rays, physical exam, and wrote me a prescription for antibiotics) and made me feel comfortable and reassured. I would highly recommend him.
Super efficient and helpful. One of the best doctor visits I had.
Dr. Pathare was pleasant, straight forward and decisive. Much appreciated given that I was a first time patient. I was very pleased with my appointment and will be using him moving forward as needed.
Dr. Pathare was really nice and understanding. I injured my back snowboarding and he did all what was possible with his team to help me out; I got a MRI appointment scheduled on the same day and the care was excellent.
Was in town on business and needed to see a orthopedic specialist for a knee problem. I was scheduled for the same afternoon and my issue was diagnosed and treated. Dr Pathare and his colleagues were quite professional, compassionate and understanding.I now have a great orthopedic specialist here when issues arise on trips away from home.
In my life, I've seen about a half dozen sports medicine specialists; I recently had my first appointment with Neil, and he's by far the best. He was professional, clear, and patient. He was knowledgeable; I was confident about his explanations. I was also grateful that he openly explained the physiology so that I could understand what was occurring with my injury. Happy with the visit. Highly recommended.
Extremely thorough diagnosis and explanation of the issue. Excellent care and bedside manner. Followed up immediately with a phone call to go over next steps. First-class treatment all the way.
I would highly recommend to everyone to visit him as he is very well mannered and he took it all the very friendly and identify the actual problem then gave suggestion based on that. I am really happy and please with his appointment. Thanks Regards Syed Imamuzzaman
Great doctor and excellent experience! Everyone at the desk and the assistant were super warm and friendly. The wait was short. Dr. Pathare treated me thoroughly and quickly. Overall excellent experience - highly recommend going to Dr. Pathare!
Very attentive and knowledgeable. Extremely easy to talk to.
Dr. Pathare is not overly friendly or talkative, but is extremely knowledgeable and professional. He is treating my ankle injury, and I like that he does not dumb down his analysis and cites academic work on the topic, but also politely answers any questions I might have.
I'm very comfortable having my injury treated by Dr Pathare. He reviewed the imaging results and did some further movement tests to confirm his conclusion. He based his recommendations on my age and activity level. He made his priorities clear and I agreed with them. The supporting staff were professional as well.
Great doctor. Asked thoughtful questions and seemed very knowledgeable. Happy to have found a good orthopedic doctor in SF!
First time visiting this office and it was an A+ experience! The front desk receptionists were very friendly, Toby the nurse (?) was very patient, and Dr. Pathare was very knowledgeable when diagnosing my knee issues, expertly manipulating my leg to reproduce my knee pain. I appreciated his patience when walking me through my options, taking the time to explain considerations for each treatment type. It was a very pleasant visit and I highly recommend this highly competent office. (Full disclosure: my boyfriend recommended this practice as he'd seen Dr. Chen at this same practice)
Great and very knowledgeable and makes you feel comfortable (4th ortho I visited in a span of 2 mos).
Took me in a little early and was very thorough and informative. Would recommend him!
Very thorough exam. Dr. Pathare went the extra mile in explaining the level of injury and the role physical therapy would play in my recovery.
Dr. Pathare was thorough in his examination, and clearly outlined the next steps. He understands people like me who want to keep playing sports. The staff were professional and helpful. I enjoyed the visit. I was surprised it began a bit late, as I had purposely booked a morning visit to avoid this, but Dr. P apologized and explained why.
Very helpful all around - patiently understood the issue and worked to resolve immediately. Followed up promptly as well.
Dr Pathare and his staff were friendly, thorough and kept me well informed of my condition and the appropriate recovery process.
Very good visit!
Dr. Pathare was very thorough and pleasant. He saw me right away, explained his examination and my diagnosis in a very easy to understand manner. The staff was great as well. I felt highly cared for during the entire appointment and would recommend Dr. Pathare in a heartbeat to family and friends. He is an outstanding doctor.
Got there early and he saw me early. Very thorough and descriptive. Humble too. Took his own X-rays with a digital machine and explained everything throughout. Wish I didn't have to fill out my medical history after submitting the same via zocdoc in advance.
Dr. Pathare was professional and knowledgeable. He explained everything he was doing and was great at answering my questions. I was seen right away and his staff was awesome too. Highly recommend him and will definitely go back for follow ups!
Quick, professional service.
Was reasonably quick, and professional.
He quickly yet thoroughly evaluated my symptoms, recommending a course of treatment and fully explained my injury.