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The UCSF Spine Center is one of the largest centers of its kind in the country, treating 10,000 patients a year. It brings together world-renowned specialists in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, neurology, psychiatry and other specialties to design the most effective treatment for each patient's condition. The team includes experts in cancer, pain management, physical therapy, radiation oncology and rheumatology.

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Our services

Our services include:

  • Minimally invasive cervical and lumbar techniques
  • Motion-sparing surgery, such as artificial disc replacement
  • Complex revision spine surgery
  • Innovative surgical techniques for spinal tumors
  • Computerized three-dimensional surgery
  • Noninvasive radiosurgery using CyberKnife
  • New treatments and opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials to test them

We also offer a Spine Tumor Board, which reviews challenging spinal tumor cases every month, and a Spine Rapid Case Review service for urgent conditions that can't wait for the monthly tumor board.

Our patients have access to the most up-to-date imaging technologies for diagnosing spinal disorders and to innovative treatments that are not widely available – for example, the lateral paramedian transpedicular technique, developed by a UCSF surgeon for removing cervical tumors previously thought to be inoperable.

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Our locations

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    Decorative Caduceus

    Radiographic and Clinical Evaluation of Surgical Treatment for Cervical Deformity: A Multi-Cent...

    Self-reported pain in Head where 0=no pain/10=severe pain


    Decorative Caduceus

    Complex Adult Deformity Surgery (CADS)

    Scoliosis specific patient reported outcome


    Decorative Caduceus

    Canadian-American Spinal Cord Perfusion Pressure and Biomarker Study

    Neurologic recovery over time will be measured using the ISNCSCI examination - at Baseline, Days 1-7, and months 3, 6 and 12. Our primary outcome measure will be the change in total motor score at 6 months post-injury (a time poin...


    Decorative Caduceus

    Primary Tumor Research and Outcome Network

    For every follow-up visit, each patient will be assessed in terms of their survival status. If death is known, no further action is required. If the patient's status is "alive" and the last follow-up visit is older than 3 months, ...


    Decorative Caduceus

    Metastatic Tumor Research and Outcomes Network

    The following patient data will be collected: gender, year of birth, height, weight, race work status, education level, marital status smoking, alcohol and recreational drug use medication use nutrition and vitamin intake pr...


    Decorative Caduceus

    The Enso Study for Chronic Low Back Pain

    Compare the change in patient's 6 Minute Walk Test (6MWT) between the Enso intervention group and the sham group using the validated 6MWT procedure.


    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • usnews-neurology

      Best in the U.S. in neurology & neurosurgery

    • usnews-orthopedics

      One of the nation’s best in orthopedics

    • Rated high-performing hospital for spinal fusion

    Support services

    Patient Resource

    Case Management & Social Work

    Connect with a team that can help you find resources, solve problems and advocate for you during treatment at UCSF.


    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class

    This eight-week class teaches mindfulness practices that can reduce stress and improve your overall health, such as meditation and body awareness.

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    Patient Relations

    We welcome feedback about your experience at UCSF Health. Find out how to contact us with comments, questions or concerns.

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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.

    Special programs

    Spine Rapid Case Review

    The Spine Center at UCSF Health provides a rapid case review, within 48 hours of submission, to evaluate complex, challenging spine tumor cases.

    Spine Tumor Board

    The UCSF Spine Center holds a monthly Spine Tumor Board to review challenging cases involving primary tumors of the spine and that have spread to the spine.

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    International Services

    If you live outside the United States and are coming to UCSF for medical treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    Interpreting Services

    UCSF offers interpreters in various languages, including American Sign Language (ASL), as well as services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and visually impaired patients.

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    Hospital Stays

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