Leisure Yu, MD, Ph.D

One Commitment - One Focus - Our Patients

About Dr. Yu

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Specializing in Sports Medicine and Total Joint Replacement

Dr. Yu services adult and pediatric patients from Loma Linda, Redlands, Riverside, San Bernardino, Colton, Fontana, and the greater Inland Empire area. Everyday patients and athletes have traveled from many states and internationally for Dr. Yu's care.

Dr. Yu uses a personalized approach to knee replacement surgery using patient specific implants. These implants are custom made from image to implant technology. Dr. Yu is the first FDA Certified physician in Loma Linda to use the Oxford Unicompartmental Knee System, allowing for a more enhanced procedure in dealing effectively with osteoarthritis. The operation can arrest the progress of the disease in other compartments of the joint and will provide long term relief of symptoms. The unique spherically designed femoral components, made of cast cobalt chromium molybdenum alloy, gives the implant durability and biocompatibility.

Dr. Yu is also participating in a new study on Anterior Cruciate Ligaments (ACL). He is working in conjunction with the University of Missouri, Columbia, to conduct research on advancing ACL reconstruction using human donor allograft transplantation. The study started in January of 2005.

Sports Medicine

Dr. Yu has served as a treating physician to competitive/professional: figure skaters, skiers, gymnasts, dancers, cyclists, runners, body builders, and ball players. He is a World Team Physician for the U.S. Figure Skating Association and has served the Special Olympics and overseas medical missions. He is involved in cartilage regeneration research and in educating orthopedic residents about innovative cartilage and meniscus procedures.

Dr. Yu's Education

Medical School

  • Accelerated Program - State University of New York at Buffalo, 1981


  • Combined Harvard Orthopedic Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 1986 - Orthopedic Surgery
  • Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, NY, 1983 - General Surgery


  • Chief Resident, Sports Medicine Fellowship, Spine Fellowship at Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, MA, 1985-1987

    Professional Society Memberships

    • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
    • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
    • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
    • Arthroscopy Association of North America


    • Dr. Yu has written over 40 research papers on various topics. He concentrates his research on sports medicine, cartilage, and transplant subjects. Abstracts available on request.

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