Bobby Tay, MD

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Bobby K-B Tay is based at the UCSF Spine Center, a collaborative effort with the Department of Neurosurgery. The Spine Center creates a combined service which optimizes treatment of degenerative disorders of the spine, spinal trauma, tumors and infections of the spine. His clinical interests include degenerative diseases of the cervical and lumbar spine, as well as tumor and fracture work. He has significant expertise in minimally invasive surgery of the spine.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Tay earned his medical degree at the UCSF School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at UCSF and then completed a fellowship in spinal surgery at the University of Miami Hospital in Florida.


Spine Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0332
Phone: (866) 81-SPINE or (866) 817-7463
Ortho-spine Fax: (415) 353-4047

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

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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More about Bobby Tay


UCSF School of Medicine 1993


UCSF Medical Center, Orthopaedic Surgery 1994


University of Miami School of Medicine, Spine Surgery 1999
University of Miami School of Medicine, Spine Surgery 2000

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Mizutani J, Verma K, Endo K, Ishii K, Abumi K, Yagi M, Hosogane N, Yang J, Tay B, Deviren V, Ames C. Global Spinal Alignment in Cervical Kyphotic Deformity: The Importance of Head Position and Thoracolumbar Alignment in the Compensatory Mechanism. Neurosurgery. 2018 May 01; 82(5):686-694.
  2. Mizutani J, Strom R, Abumi K, Endo K, Ishii K, Yagi M, Tay B, Deviren V, Ames C. How Cervical Reconstruction Surgery Affects Global Spinal Alignment. Neurosurgery. 2018 Apr 28.
  3. Khanna K, Theologis AA, Tay B. Autonomic dysreflexia caused by cervical stenosis. Spinal Cord Ser Cases. 2017; 3:17102.

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