Hubert Kim, PhD, MD

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Hubert Kim is director of the UCSF Cartilage Repair and Regeneration Center, located at the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute. Kim specializes in the treatment of arthritis and localized cartilage injuries of the knee, hip, shoulder and ankle. His research focuses on the mechanisms involved in cell death after articular cartilage injury and ways to limit this process. His lab also studies the use of mesenchymal stem cells for bone and cartilage repair as well as for muscle and nerve injuries.

Kim is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford University School of Medicine where he earned both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. He completed a general surgery internship and orthopedic surgery residency at UCSF before joining the faculty in 1998.


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.

Cartilage Repair and Regeneration Center
1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353–7566

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

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Title


More about Hubert Kim


Stanford University School of Medicine 1993


UCSF, Orthopaedic Surgery 1998

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Liu X, Ravishankar B, Ning A, Liu M, Kim HT, Feeley BT. Knocking-out matrix metalloproteinase-13 exacerbates rotator cuff muscle fatty infiltration. Muscles Ligaments Tendons J. 2017 Apr-Jun; 7(2):202-207.
  2. Davies MR, Lee L, Feeley BT, Kim HT, Liu X. Lysophosphatidic acid-induced RhoA signaling and prolonged macrophage infiltration worsens fibrosis and fatty infiltration following rotator cuff tears. J Orthop Res. 2017 07; 35(7):1539-1547.
  3. Davies MR, Liu X, Lee L, Laron D, Ning AY, Kim HT, Feeley BT. TGF- Small Molecule Inhibitor SB431542 Reduces Rotator Cuff Muscle Fibrosis and Fatty Infiltration By Promoting Fibro/Adipogenic Progenitor Apoptosis. PLoS One. 2016; 11(5):e0155486.

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