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Saam Morshed, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Saam Morshed is an orthopedic trauma surgeon who specializes in treating broken bones and fractures at the Orthopaedic Institute at Mission Bay. He treats patients with breaks and fractures of the pelvis, arm, elbow, shoulder, ankle, foot, leg and knee. In his research, he studies skeletal injuries to develop new techniques for fracture repair and rehabilitation as well as prevention of post-traumatic arthritis.

Morshed earned a medical degree at the UCSF School of Medicine, where he completed an orthopedic residency. He completed an orthopedic trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He is a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, AO North America, Foundation for Orthopaedic Trauma and the Institute for Global Orthpaedics and Traumatology. He is an associate professor in residence in orthopedic surgery at UCSF.


Orthopedic Trauma Service
1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-9400
Fax: (415) 885-3862

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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UCSF School of Medicine 2001


UCSF Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery 2008


Harborview Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery 2009

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Morshed S, Mikhail C, Miclau Iii T. Timing of Femoral Shaft Fracture Fixation Affects Length of Hospital Stay in Patients with Multiple Injuries. Open Orthop J. 2015; 9:324-31.
  2. Morshed S, Knops S, Jurkovich GJ, Wang J, MacKenzie E, Rivara FP. The impact of trauma-center care on mortality and function following pelvic ring and acetabular injuries. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Feb 18; 97(4):265-72.
  3. Marmor M, Elson J, Mikhail C, Morshed S, Matityahu A. Short-term pelvic fracture outcomes in adolescents differ from children and adults in the National Trauma Data Bank. J Child Orthop. 2015 Feb; 9(1):65-75.
  4. Hagen JE, Miller AN, Ott SM, Gardner M, Morshed S, Jeray K, Alton TB, Ren D, Abblitt WP, Krieg JC. Association of atypical femoral fractures with bisphosphonate use by patients with varus hip geometry. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Nov 19; 96(22):1905-9.
  5. Bernstein J, Morshed S, Helfet DL, Bhandari M, Ahn J. Applying evidence-based medicine principles to hip fracture management. Front Surg. 2014; 1:40.
  6. Ghayoumi P, Kandemir U, Morshed S. Evidence based update: Open versus closed reduction. Injury. 2015 Mar; 46(3):467-73.
  7. Pekmezci M, Rotter P, Toogood P, Morshed S, Kandemir U. Reexamination of pelvic inlet and outlet images using 3-dimensional computed tomography reconstructions. J Orthop Trauma. 2014 Jun; 28(6):324-9.
  8. Godzik J, McAndrew CM, Morshed S, Kandemir U, Kelly MP. Multiple lower-extremity and pelvic fractures increase pulmonary embolus risk. Orthopedics. 2014 Jun; 37(6):e517-24.
  9. Marseille E, Morshed S. Essential surgery is cost effective in resource-poor countries. Lancet Glob Health. 2014 Jun; 2(6):e302-3.
  10. Ricci WM, Streubel PN, Morshed S, Collinge CA, Nork SE, Gardner MJ. Risk factors for failure of locked plate fixation of distal femur fractures: an analysis of 335 cases. J Orthop Trauma. 2014 Feb; 28(2):83-9.
  11. Borrelli J, Lane J, Bukata S, Egol KA, Takemoto R, Slobogean G, Morshed S. Atypical femur fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2014; 28 Suppl 1:S36-42.
  12. Shearer D, Morshed S, Miclau T. Status of road safety and injury burden: North America. J Orthop Trauma. 2014; 28 Suppl 1:S37-8.
  13. Choo KJ, Morshed S. Postoperative complications after repair of tibial plateau fractures. J Knee Surg. 2014 Feb; 27(1):11-9.
  14. Marmor M, Kandemir U, Matityahu A, Jergesen H, McClellan T, Morshed S. A method for detection of lateral malleolar malrotation using conventional fluoroscopy. J Orthop Trauma. 2013 Dec; 27(12):e281-4.
  15. Morshed S, Shearer DW, Coughlin RR. Collaborative partnerships and the future of global orthopaedics. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Oct; 471(10):3088-92.
  16. Pekmezci M, Kandemir U, Toogood P, Morshed S. Are conventional inlet and outlet radiographs obsolete in the evaluation of pelvis fractures? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Jun; 74(6):1510-5.
  17. Slade Shantz JA, Vernon J, Morshed S, Leiter J, Stranges G. Sutures versus staples for wound closure in orthopaedic surgery: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Patient Saf Surg. 2013; 7(1):6.
  18. Matityahu A, Elson J, Morshed S, Marmor M. Survivorship and severe complications are worse for octogenarians and elderly patients with pelvis fractures as compared to adults: data from the national trauma data bank. J Osteoporos. 2012; 2012:475739.
  19. Shantz JA, Vernon J, Leiter J, Morshed S, Stranges G. Sutures versus staples for wound closure in orthopaedic surgery: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2012; 13:89.
  20. Beingessner D, Moon E, Barei D, Morshed S. Biomechanical analysis of the less invasive stabilization system for mechanically unstable fractures of the distal femur: comparison of titanium versus stainless steel and bicortical versus unicortical fixation. J Trauma. 2011 Sep; 71(3):620-4.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.