John M. Knight, M.D.

Dr. John Knight, Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

Dr. John Knight

Orthopedic, Sports Medicine & Trauma Surgeon

MOS Locations:
Walnut Creek (Sequoia Building)
San Ramon


Dr. Knight practices general orthopedic surgery with a specializing in total joint replacement, hip arthroscopy, sports medicine, trauma and joint reconstruction.

Dr. Knight is one of the few Bay Area surgeons currently performing several newer procedures including hip resurfacing, hip arthroscopy and partial knee replacement.

Approach to Treatment

Being able to interact with people and explain what we are doing for them and why, involving them actively in their care, is what I like best about what I do.

Dr. Knight’s goal is to provide each patient with a full and complete evaluation of their orthopedic problem, to discuss all treatment options and to quickly return to his patients to a healthy, pain free active lifestyle.

He emphasizes conservative treatment prior to recommending surgery and minimally invasive techniques are used when surgery is required.

He has great respect for the patient’s time and is pleased to be able to offer testing, diagnosis and surgery as needed, in one location. He believes in providing the finest orthopedic care possible to his patients. He also believes continuing education is the key to providing excellent, ongoing care.

Meet Dr. Knight

Dr. Knight grew up in Lafayette, CA, and had many orthopedic injuries himself during his time playing sports. He decided orthopedics would be a fun career to pursue after graduating from Acalanes High School.

Receiving his B.S. degree in Physiology from the University of California, Berkeley, he attended the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. Returning to the Bay Area, Dr. Knight did his internship at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco. After completing his residency at the University of California, San Francisco, he started his practice in Walnut Creek and Danville in 1983.

Dr. Knight has consistently been a leader in the local medical community. He is in demand as a speaker on orthopaedic topics for the public and medical community. He has served as Chairman of the Orthopaedic Department of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek and is currently Vice-Chairman of Orthopedics at San Ramon Regional Medical Center in San Ramon, CA. He is the Past President of Muir Medical Group IPA and is the current President of the Irish American Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Knight has combined his passion for sports with community service. He served as team physician at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, CA for 20 years, team physician at Diablo Valley College for 10 years and has been the team “Doc” at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, CA since 2001. In addition to working with the athletes, Dr. Knight serves as an advisor to the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Sports Medicine student trainer program, frequently appearing in the classroom for lectures and discussions.

In his spare time, Dr. Knight enjoys reading, traveling, golf, and being a grandfather.

Alumni Organizations:

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Muir Medical Group IPA
  • Irish American Orthopaedic Society

In the News

Get to Know Dr. Knight

(A John Muir Health Network video)

Curriculum Vitae

Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

2405 Shadelands Drive, Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
5201 Norris Canyon Road, Suite 300
San Ramon, CA 94583


1974 – University of California, Berkeley – AB
1974 – 1978 – Creighton University School of Medicine Omaha, NE – MD

1978 – 1979 – Mt. Zion Hospital & Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

1979 -1983 – University of California, San Francisco, CA Orthopaedics

1986 – American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
1994 – Recertified
2006 – Recertified

The Leroy Abbott Society
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
California Medical Association
Alameda-Contra Costa County Medical Association
Bay Area Knee Society
California Orthopaedic Association
U.S. Olympic Sports Medicine Society

Practice of Orthopaedic Surgery, since 1983
Clinical Instructor, University of California, San Francisco 1983 – 1986
Chief of Orthopaedics, JMMC, 1989 – 1990
Chairman of Board, Central East Bay IPA, 1994-1996, 2006-2008
Chairman of Dept. of Orthoaedics, SRRMC 2009-10
Board Member, Central East Bay IPA, 1994-Present
Board Member, John Muir Health Network, 1996-2008
Board Member John Muir Health System 2004-2007

John Muir Medical Center
San Ramon Regional Medical Center
Sequoia Surgical Pavilion

Sports Medicine
Team Physician, San Ramon Valley High School 2001-Present
Team Physician, Diablo Valley College, 1983-1993
Team Physician, Foothill High School, 1983-2001
Clinic Physician, U.S. Arco Olympic Training Center, San Diego, CA, 1997
Medical Director, Police Olympics, 1998
Hip Arthroscopy and Resurfacing

Femoral Lengthening, a 60 Year Retrospective Western Orthopaedics Association, 1983

Bipolar Prosthesis as Salvage Procedure in Failed Total Hip Arthroplasty Leroy C. Abbott Society Meeting, May 1983

Use of Percutaneous Tubes and Suction Irrigation in Treatment of Olecranon Bursitis Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, May 1985

Advances in Treatment of Arthritis – San Ramon Regional Medical Center, 10/03

Orthopedic Update, JMHS 2008, 2009, 2010