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Dr. Khalfayan

Dr. Khalfayan is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine who the region's professional athletes trust and rely on.

More About Dr. Khalfayan

Elbow Injuries

E. Edward Khalfayan, MD is an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine which includes the treatment of shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle, and other injuries.  

He is the Head Team Physician for the Seattle Seahawks and has been a Team Orthopedic Surgeon since 1996.  He has been the Medical Director and Team Orthopedic Surgeon for the Seattle Mariners since 2006.  

Dr. Khalfayan is one of two physicians in the US who is a Head Team Physician for both an NFL and MLB team.  

He is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and is an editorial reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Khalfayan has been named a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly Medical LTD., an honor given to the top 5% of physicians in the country.  He is a highly regarded orthopedic surgeon in the pacific northwest and treats patients not only from Washington, but also from other areas such as Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Canada.

Sports Medicine is a specialty within Orthopedic Surgery that Dr. Khalfayan is passionate about.  He feels that Sports Medicine involves the operative and nonoperative treatment and rehabilitation of the athlete including coordination with the athlete’s coaching and athletic training staff.  His combined 22 years of experience in professional sports with the Seahawks and the Mariners in addition to experience with high school, college, and other professional athletes provides him with unique skills and knowledge that he uses in his private practice. 

Dr. Khalfayan has successfully returned many professional athletes to play after surgeries such as arthroscopic labral repair (Arthroscopic Bankart Reconstruction and Arthroscopic SLAP Repair), arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic ACL reconstruction, arthroscopic meniscus surgery, medial collateral ligament repair, Tommy John Surgery and achilles repair.  Although he treats many athletes at all levels, he also cares for many patients in his practice who are not athletes. 

Dr. Khalfayan is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.  He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Society of Orthopedic Sports Medicine, NFL Team Physician Society, MLB Team Physician Association, Washington State Orthopedic Association, Washington State Medical Association, and King County Medical Society.


Dr. Khalfayan's Elbow practice focuses on:

  • Ulnar collateral ligament tears
  • Tendonitis or tendon tears
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Ulnar nerve compression (cubital tunnel syndrome)
  • Arthritis and Loose Bodies


Elbow injuries can be treated by Dr. Khalfayan through procedures detailed on the following pages. For information, click the links below. 

Elbow Throwing Injuries

Tommy John Surgery for UCL Tears

Elbow Arthroscopy for Loose Bodies, Bone Spurs, and Osteochondritis Dissecans