Aenor Sawyer, MD

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Aenor Sawyer is an expert in physical therapy and exercise physiology and provides comprehensive musculoskeletal care to pediatric and adolescent orthopedic patients. Throughout her career, Sawyer has maintained a strong research interest in childhood bone development, which she pursued as an adjunct clinical scientist at Children's Hospital of Oakland Research Institute and as the director of the Pediatric Bone Health Consortium. Her other research interests include sports injury prevention, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair and osteoporosis.

In addition to her training as an orthopedic surgeon, Sawyer has a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from California State University, Fresno. After a 10-year career in physical therapy, she earned a master's degree in human physiology and a medical degree from the University of California, Davis. After completing an orthopedic surgery residency at Stanford University, Sawyer pursued fellowship training in pediatric orthopedic surgery and pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, both at the Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Orthopedic program.


Skeletal Health Service
1500 Owens Street, Suite 430
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2808
Fax: (415) 885-3862

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

More about Aenor Sawyer


UC Davis School of Medicine 1993


Stanford Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery 1999


Harvard Medical School, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 2000

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lansdown DA, Whitaker A, Wustrack R, Sawyer A, Hansen EN. A Resident-led Initiative Improves Screening and Treatment for Vitamin D Deficiency in Patients with Hip Fractures. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017 Jan; 475(1):264-270.
  2. Wolf JM, Cannada LK, Lane JM, Sawyer AJ, Ladd AL. A comprehensive overview of osteoporotic fracture treatment. Instr Course Lect. 2015; 64:25-36.
  3. Schairer WW, Carrer A, Deviren V, Hu SS, Takemoto S, Mummaneni P, Chou D, Ames C, Burch S, Tay B, Sawyer A, Berven SH. Hospital readmission after spine fusion for adult spinal deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Sep 01; 38(19):1681-9.
  4. Fung EB, Gariepy CA, Sawyer AJ, Higa A, Vichinsky EP. The effect of whole body vibration therapy on bone density in patients with thalassemia: a pilot study. Am J Hematol. 2012 Oct; 87(10):E76-9.
  5. Metz LN, Wustrack R, Lovell AF, Sawyer AJ. Infectious, inflammatory, and metabolic diseases affecting the athlete's spine. Clin Sports Med. 2012 Jul; 31(3):535-67.
  6. Fung EB, Vichinsky EP, Kwiatkowski JL, Huang J, Bachrach LK, Sawyer AJ, Zemel BS. Characterization of low bone mass in young patients with thalassemia by DXA, pQCT and markers of bone turnover. Bone. 2011 Jun 01; 48(6):1305-12.
  7. Plotkin H, Sawyer A, Bachrach L. Mind your T's and Z's. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2003 Jul; 85-A(7):1390-1.
  8. Sawyer A, Moore S, Fielding KT, Nix DA, Kiratli J, Bachrach LK. Calcaneus ultrasound measurements in a convenience sample of healthy youth. J Clin Densitom. 2001; 4(2):111-20.
  9. Woolson ST, Hartford JM, Sawyer A. Results of a method of leg-length equalization for patients undergoing primary total hip replacement. J Arthroplasty. 1999 Feb; 14(2):159-64.

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