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.


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


UCSF 2008


UCSF, Orthopedic Surgery 2014


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.

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