Spine Center

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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. The center brings together world-renowned specialists in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, neurology, psychiatry and other specialties to design the most effective treatment for your condition. The team includes experts in cancer, pain management, physical therapy, radiation oncology and rheumatology.

Read about one of our patients, Angelica Galang, who was referred to UCSF Medical Center after doctors discovered a 5-inch tumor at the top of her spinal cord. Galang discusses her surgery and recovery in a San Francisco Chronicle story.

See our Orthopedic outreach clinics in communities outside San Francisco.

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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 3-dimensional surgery
  • Non-invasive radiosurgery with the Cyberknife
  • New treatments and opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials to test these new therapies

We also offer a Spine Tumor Board, which every month reviews challenging spinal tumor cases, 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 to diagnose spinal disorders. They also have access to innovative treatments, such as the lateral paramedian transpedicular technique, a procedure developed by an expert at UCSF and not widely available elsewhere.

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You'll need a referral from your primary care provider or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

Spine Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0332
Phone: (866) 81-SPINE or
(866) 817-7463
Neurospine : (415) 353-2739
Neuro-spine Fax: (415) 353-2176
Ortho-spine Fax: (415) 353-4047

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

Additional Locations
Greenbrae, CA (Neurosurgery)
Greenbrae, CA (Orthopedic Surgery)
Napa, CA

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications that you're allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

Access Your Health Information Online

This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.

Learn more about UCSF MyChart


Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Medical Center is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation


UCSF Medical Center is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus

For more information about Muni visit, www.sfmuni.com.

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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Our Team

Christopher Ames
Christopher Ames, MD
Sigurd Berven
Sigurd Berven, MD
Orthopedic surgeon
Crystal Bravate
Crystal Bravate, PA
Physician assistant
Shane Burch
Shane Burch, MD
Orthopedic surgeon
Dean Chou
Dean Chou, MD
Aaron Clark
Aaron Clark, MD, PhD
Sibel Demir-Deviren
Sibel Demir-Deviren, MD
Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist
Vedat Deviren
Vedat Deviren, MD
Orthopedic surgeon
Sanjay Dhall
Sanjay Dhall, MD
Mohammad Diab
Mohammad Diab, MD
Orthopedic surgeon
Michelle Gilbert
Michelle Gilbert, PA-C
Physician assistant
Uyen Huffstutter
Uyen Huffstutter, PA
Physician assistant
Lionel Metz
Lionel Metz, MD
Orthopedic surgeon
Praveen Mummaneni
Praveen Mummaneni, MD
Liela Neria
Liela Neria, PA
Physician assistant
Marcus Peterlin
Marcus Peterlin, PA
Physician assistant
Tiffany Pong
Tiffany Pong, MS, PA-C
Physician assistant
Patricia Rodgers
Patricia Rodgers, PA-C
Physician assistant
Brandon Sessler
Brandon Sessler, PA-C
Physician assistant
Lee Tan
Lee Tan, MD
Bobby Tay
Bobby Tay, MD
Orthopedic surgeon
Philip Weinstein
Philip Weinstein, MD
Patricia Zheng
Patricia Zheng, MD
Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist