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Thomas Vail, M.D.

Chair of Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Thomas Parker Vail, chair of Orthopedic Surgery at UCSF, is a specialist in total joint replacement and preservation of the hip and knee and surgical treatment of arthritis and osteonecrosis. In his research, Vail focuses on innovative bone implant techniques, clinical outcomes of devices used in adult reconstruction and repair of cartilage.

As chair of Orthopedic Surgery, Vail oversees the department's clinical, research and education activities.

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Arthritis and Joint Replacement Center
1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353–2808
Fax: (415) 885–3862

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

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Loyola University School of Medicine 1985


Duke University, Orthopaedic Surgery 1991


Duke University, Reconstructive/Cosmetic Surgery 1992