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Utku Kandemir, M.D.

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Utku Kandemir is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and treating injuries caused by trauma. His areas of expertise include reconstructive and complex joint trauma, pelvic trauma and sports injuries affecting the hip, knee and shoulder.

A native of Turkey, Kandemir completed a medical degree, internal medicine residency and orthopedic surgery residency at the Hacettepe University Medical School in Ankara, Turkey. He completed a research fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and clinical trauma fellowship at San Francisco General Hospital. Kandemir provides volunteer medical coverage at San Francisco high school football league games. His research focuses on fracture and joint biomechanics. He is an assistant clinical professor of 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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Hacettepe University School of Medicine 1993


Hacettepe University Medical Center, Internal Medicine 1995
Hacettepe University Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery 2001

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Ghayoumi P, Kandemir U, Morshed S. Evidence based update: Open versus closed reduction. Injury. 2015 Mar; 46(3):467-73.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Pekmezci M, McDonald E, Buckley J, Kandemir U. Retrograde intramedullary nails with distal screws locked to the nail have higher fatigue strength than locking plates in the treatment of supracondylar femoral fractures: A cadaver-based laboratory investigation. Bone Joint J. 2014 Jan; 96-B(1):114-21.
  5. Kandemir U, Maclean J. Surgical approaches for tibial plateau fractures. J Knee Surg. 2014 Feb; 27(1):21-9.
  6. 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.
  7. Matityahu A, Marmor M, Elson JK, Lieber C, Rogalski G, Lin C, Belaye T, Miclau T, Kandemir U. Acute complications of patients with pelvic fractures after pelvic angiographic embolization. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Sep; 471(9):2906-11.
  8. Lin CA, Takemoto S, Kandemir U, Kuo AC. Mid-term outcomes in HIV-positive patients after primary total hip or knee arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2014 Feb; 29(2):277-82.
  9. 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.
  10. Hansen EN, Manzano G, Kandemir U, Mok JM. Comparison of tissue oxygenation and compartment pressure following tibia fracture. Injury. 2013 Aug; 44(8):1076-80.
  11. Firoozabadi R, McDonald E, Nguyen TQ, Buckley JM, Kandemir U. Does plugging unused combination screw holes improve the fatigue life of fixation with locking plates in comminuted supracondylar fractures of the femur? J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2012 Feb; 94(2):241-8.
  12. Chu T, McDonald E, Tufaga M, Kandemir U, Buckley J, Ma CB. Comparison of completely knotless and hybrid double-row fixation systems: a biomechanical study. Arthroscopy. 2011 Apr; 27(4):479-85.
  13. Kandemir U, Allaire RB, Debski RE, Lee TQ, McMahon PJ. Quantification of rotator cuff tear geometry: the repair ratio as a guide for surgical repair in crescent and U-shaped tears. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2010 Mar; 130(3):369-73.
  14. Kandemir U, Matityahu A, Desai R, Puttlitz C. Does a volar locking plate provide equivalent stability as a dorsal nonlocking plate in a dorsally comminuted distal radius fracture?: a biomechanical study. J Orthop Trauma. 2008 Oct; 22(9):605-10.
  15. Kandemir U, Allaire RB, Jolly JT, Debski RE, McMahon PJ. The relationship between the orientation of the glenoid and tears of the rotator cuff. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2006 Aug; 88(8):1105-9.
  16. Ozgur AF, Aksoy MC, Kandemir U, Karcaaltncaba M, Aydingoz U, Yazici M, Surat A. Does Dega osteotomy increase acetabular volume in developmental dysplasia of the hip? J Pediatr Orthop B. 2006 Mar; 15(2):83-6.
  17. Isiklar ZU, Kandemir U, Ucar DH, Tumer Y. Is concomitant bone surgery necessary at the time of open reduction in developmental dislocation of the hip in children 12-18 months old? Comparison of open reduction in patients younger than 12 months old and those 12-18 months old. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2006 Jan; 15(1):23-7.
  18. Aykut US, Yazici M, Kandemir U, Gedikoglu G, Aksoy MC, Cil A, Surat A. The effect of temporary hemiepiphyseal stapling on the growth plate: a radiologic and immunohistochemical study in rabbits. J Pediatr Orthop. 2005 May-Jun; 25(3):336-41.
  19. Cil A, Yazici M, Uzumcugil A, Kandemir U, Alanay A, Alanay Y, Acaroglu RE, Surat A. The evolution of sagittal segmental alignment of the spine during childhood. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2005 Jan 1; 30(1):93-100.
  20. Ucar DH, Isiklar ZU, Stanitski CL, Kandemir U, Tumer Y. Open reduction through a medial approach in developmental dislocation of the hip: a follow-up study to skeletal maturity. J Pediatr Orthop. 2004 Sep-Oct; 24(5):493-500.

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.