Derek Ward, MD

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Derek Ward is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating adult patients who need hip or knee reconstruction for arthritis. He cares for those with all types of degenerative diseases of the hip and knee, as well as patients with complications from past joint replacement.

Ward takes a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and managing hip and knee pain, incorporating the latest advances in pain management during every stage of surgery and recovery. His techniques include a minimally invasive hip replacement procedure called the direct anterior approach, outpatient surgery for hip and knee replacement, partial knee replacement and complex revision surgery, restoring joint function for those with failed implants.

Ward has won national and regional awards for his research, which includes investigating health care policy, assessing management and risk during all stages of surgery, and studying revision surgery, including its complications.

After earning his bachelor's degree, Ward spent several years working in health care policy in Washington, D.C., and a year volunteering in Africa. He then earned his medical degree at UCSF, where he devoted an extra year to health policy research. He remained at UCSF to complete his residency in orthopedic surgery. He then completed a fellowship in adult reconstruction at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital before returning to UCSF as faculty.

Ward is an assistant professor in the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, California Orthopaedic Association and Western Orthopaedic Association.


Arthritis and Joint Replacement Center
1500 Owens St., Suite 430
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353–2808
Fax: (415) 885–3862

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

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

More about Derek Ward


UCSF 2010


UCSF, Orthopedic Surgery 2015


Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Adult Reconstruction 2016

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Patterson JT, Tillinghast K, Ward D. Dialysis Dependence Predicts Complications, Intensive Care Unit Care, Length of Stay, and Skilled Nursing Needs in Elective Primary Total Knee and Hip Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2018 Feb 17.
  2. Grace TR, Patterson JT, Tangtiphaiboontana J, Krogue JD, Vail TP, Ward DT. Hip Fractures and the Bundle: A Cost Analysis of Patients Undergoing Hip Arthroplasty for Femoral Neck Fracture vs Degenerative Joint Disease. J Arthroplasty. 2018 Feb 05.
  3. Ward DT, Metz LN, Horst PK, Kim HT, Kuo AC. Complications of Morbid Obesity in Total Joint Arthroplasty: Risk Stratification Based on BMI. J Arthroplasty. 2015 Sep; 30(9 Suppl):42-6.

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