Lionel Metz, MD

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Lionel Metz is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spine surgery for both children and adults. His approach to treating spine disorders includes minimally invasive techniques.

Metz has extensive experience in surgeries for the cervical spine, or neck, and for spinal deformities, such as scoliosis and kyphosis. He also has expertise in revision spine surgery, or procedures to correct problems stemming from earlier surgery, and in surgeries to relieve spinal stenosis, a condition in which narrowing of the spinal canal leads to pain or loss of function.

After earning his medical degree at UCSF, Metz completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at UCSF and a fellowship in spine surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine.

Metz is an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at UCSF. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and the University of Washington's J. Albert Key Orthopaedic Alumni Society. He is also a candidate member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and an alumni member of the Inman-Abbott Society.

Clinics

Orthopaedic Institute
1500 Owens St.
San Francisco
Phone: (415) 353-2808

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.

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

More about Lionel Metz

Education

UCSF 2008

Residencies

UCSF, Orthopedic Surgery 2014

Fellowships

Washington University School of Medicine, Spine Surgery 2015

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Khanna K, Yi PH, Sing DC, Geiger E, Metz LN. Hypoalbuminemia Is Associated With Septic Revisions After Primary Surgery and Postoperative Infection After Revision Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Mar 15; 43(6):454-460.
  2. Acevedo C, Sylvia M, Schaible E, Graham JL, Stanhope KL, Metz LN, Gludovatz B, Schwartz AV, Ritchie RO, Alliston TN, Havel PJ, Fields AJ. Contributions of Material Properties and Structure to Increased Bone Fragility for a Given Bone Mass in the UCD-T2DM Rat Model of Type 2 Diabetes. J Bone Miner Res. 2018 Jan 17.
  3. Yue JK, Sing DC, Sharma S, Upadhyayula PS, Winkler EA, Shaw JD, Metz LN. Spine deformity surgery in the elderly: risk factors and 30-day outcomes are comparable in posterior versus combined approaches. Neurol Res. 2017 Dec; 39(12):1066-1072.
  4. Iyer S, Lenke LG, Nemani VM, Fu M, Shifflett GD, Albert TJ, Sides BA, Metz LN, Cunningham ME, Kim HJ. Variations in Occipitocervical and Cervicothoracic Alignment Parameters Based on Age: A Prospective Study of Asymptomatic Volunteers Using Full-Body Radiographs. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Dec 01; 41(23):1837-1844.
  5. Iyer S, Lenke LG, Nemani VM, Albert TJ, Sides BA, Metz LN, Cunningham ME, Kim HJ. Variations in Sagittal Alignment Parameters Based on Age: A Prospective Study of Asymptomatic Volunteers Using Full-Body Radiographs. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Dec 01; 41(23):1826-1836.
  6. Sing DC, Berven SH, Burch S, Metz LN. Increase in spinal deformity surgery in patients age 60 and older is not associated with increased complications. Spine J. 2017 05; 17(5):627-635.
  7. Chapman TM, Baldus CR, Lurie JD, Glassman SD, Schwab FJ, Shaffrey CI, Lafage V, Boachie-Adjei O, Kim HJ, Smith JS, Crawford CH, Lenke LG, Buchowski JM, Edwards C, Koski T, Parent S, Lewis S, Kang DG, McClendon J, Metz L, Zebala LP, Kelly MP, Spratt KF, Bridwell KH. Baseline Patient-Reported Outcomes Correlate Weakly With Radiographic Parameters: A Multicenter, Prospective NIH Adult Symptomatic Lumbar Scoliosis Study of 286 Patients. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Nov 15; 41(22):1701-1708.
  8. Sing DC, Khanna R, Shaw JD, Metz LN, Burch S, Berven SH. Increasing Rates of Surgical Management of Multilevel Spinal Curvature in Elderly Patients. Spine Deform. 2016 Sep; 4(5):365-372.
  9. Sing DC, Yue JK, Metz LN, Winkler EA, Zhang WR, Burch S, Berven SH. Obesity Is an Independent Risk Factor of Early Complications After Revision Spine Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 May; 41(10):E632-40.
  10. 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.
  11. Fields AJ, Berg-Johansen B, Metz LN, Miller S, La B, Liebenberg EC, Coughlin DG, Graham JL, Stanhope KL, Havel PJ, Lotz JC. Alterations in intervertebral disc composition, matrix homeostasis and biomechanical behavior in the UCD-T2DM rat model of type 2 diabetes. J Orthop Res. 2015 May; 33(5):738-46.
  12. Metz LN, Wustrack R, Lovell AF, Sawyer AJ. Infectious, inflammatory, and metabolic diseases affecting the athlete's spine. Clin Sports Med. 2012 Jul; 31(3):535-67.
  13. Acosta FL, Metz L, Adkisson HD, Liu J, Carruthers-Liebenberg E, Milliman C, Maloney M, Lotz JC. Porcine intervertebral disc repair using allogeneic juvenile articular chondrocytes or mesenchymal stem cells. Tissue Eng Part A. 2011 Dec; 17(23-24):3045-55.
  14. Deviren V, Patel VV, Metz LN, Berven SH, Hu SH, Bradford DS. Anterior arthrodesis with instrumentation for thoracolumbar scoliosis: comparison of efficacy in adults and adolescents. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008 May 15; 33(11):1219-23.
  15. Metz LN, Burch S. Computer-assisted surgical planning and image-guided surgical navigation in refractory adult scoliosis surgery: case report and review of the literature. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008 Apr 20; 33(9):E287-92.
  16. Deviren V, Metz LN. Anterior instrumented arthrodesis for adult idiopathic scoliosis. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2007 Apr; 18(2):273-80.
  17. Metz LN, Deviren V. Low-grade spondylolisthesis. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2007 Apr; 18(2):237-48.
  18. Metz LN, Martin RB, Turner AS. Histomorphometric analysis of the effects of osteocyte density on osteonal morphology and remodeling. Bone. 2003 Nov; 33(5):753-9.

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