Kirstina Olson, MD

Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery

Dr. Kirstina Olson is chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery at the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute. She treats all conditions of the foot and ankle, including arthritis, bunions, flat feet, fractures and tendon disorders, and performs a wide range of procedures from minimally invasive surgery to complex reconstructions. Her goal is to offer treatment options that enable patients to return to a high level of function and improve overall quality of life.

In her research, Olson has studied tendons and how to stimulate healing, flatfoot reconstructions and implants to repair fractures of the foot. She earned a medical degree at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and completed a foot and ankle fellowship at the world-renowned OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute in Charlotte, N.C. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Medical Women's Association, American Orthopaedic Association's Emerging Leaders Program, American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society and Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society. Olson is an associate professor at UCSF.


Foot and Ankle Service
1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353–2808
Fax: (415) 885–3862

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

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Title

Associate Professor

More about Kirstina Olson


University of Southern California School of Medicine 2003


University of Chicago Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery 2008


Ortho Carolina Foot and Ankle Institute, Orthopedic Surgery 2009

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Olson KM, Dairyko GH, Toolan BC. Salvage of chronic instability of the syndesmosis with distal tibiofibular arthrodesis: functional and radiographic results. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Jan 05; 93(1):66-72.

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