Orthopedic Trauma Service
The UCSF Orthopedic Trauma Service provides expert care for all aspects of traumatic musculoskeletal injuries, including inpatient and outpatient orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation, and orthotics and prosthetics. Our orthopedic surgeons are board certified with fellowship training and years of experience in treating these conditions. Patients seeking a higher level of trauma care come to UCSF from throughout the U.S. and abroad.
We also collaborate with colleagues in plastic and reconstructive surgery to treat various combined bone and soft tissue problems. This allows us to achieve better outcomes and fewer complications.
Our highly trained surgeons treat simple and complex fractures, dislocations, and injuries of ligaments, muscles, tendons and cartilage. We specialize in:
- Skeletal trauma and fractures
- Pelvic and acetabular (hip-bone socket) injuries
- Fractures and other injuries of the arms and legs
- Malunions and nonunions (fractured bones that don't heal or heal in an abnormal position)
- Osteomyelitis (bone infections)
- Reconstructive foot and ankle injuries and foot or ankle trauma
- Periprosthetic fractures (occurring around an artificial joint)
Doctor referral required
MD, PhD, MPHOrthopedic surgeon
MD, PhDPhysical medicine and rehabilitation specialist
Lisa U. Pascual
MDPhysical medicine and rehabilitation specialist
Nicole Strauss Schroeder
David W Shearer
MD, MSOrthopedic surgeon
A Multicenter Randomized Trial Comparing IM Nails and Plate Fixation in Proximal Tibial Fractur...
This study looks at two types of surgical treatments and hopes to answer the question: which is the best way to surgically treat a proximal tibia fracture? Both procedures being studied are standard of care (used rou...
Awards & recognition
Best hospital in Northern California
Best in Northern California for orthopedics
Ranked No. 4 in the nation for orthopedics
Case Management and Social Work
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
This eight-week UCSF class teaches mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, that can reduce stress and improve your overall health.
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Spiritual Care Services
Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.
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What to Bring
- Radiology studies (not the reports)
- Surgery reports, if any
- Any relevant studies
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes
Our research initiatives
UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Research
The UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has several research programs dedicated to investigating different areas of musculoskeletal health care, such as hip, knee and spine surgery.