Mohammad Diab, MD

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Mohammad Diab, a surgeon who specializes in treating musculoskeletal conditions in children and teenagers, as well as residual childhood deformities in young adults, is chief of Pediatric Orthopedics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco. His special areas of interest are spinal deformities, including scoliosis, a side to side curvature of the spine; kyphosis, the exaggerated curve that results in a rounded or hunched back; and spondylolisthesis, a slipping of one vertebra on another. He also is an expert in treating dysplasia of the hip and other hip disorders in children, adolescents and young adults. He is the author of the world-wide standard textbook, Principles of Paediatric Orthopaedics, as well as of many studies on pediatric musculoskeletal conditions.

Diab joined UCSF in 2002, coming from the University of Washington, where he was a faculty member and where he trained in general orthopedic surgery. He earned his medical degree from Stanford University, and completed his pediatric orthopedic surgical training at Harvard University. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America and Scoliosis Research Society. He is a professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Pediatrics, and holds a Chair in Medical Education, at UCSF.


Spine Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0332
Phone: (866) 81-SPINE or (866) 817-7463
Ortho-spine Fax: (415) 353-4047

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

Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Title


More about Mohammad Diab


Stanford University School of Medicine 1990


University of Washington, School of Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery 1997


Harvard University, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery 1998

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Bryant J, Markes A, Woolridge T, Cerruti D, Dzeng E, Koenig B, Diab M. Concurrent and Overlapping Surgery: Perspectives from Parents of Adolescents Undergoing Spinal Posterior Instrumented Fusion for Idiopathic Scoliosis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2018 Jun 12.
  2. Theologis AA, Crawford M, Diab M. Ethnic Variation in Satisfaction and Appearance Concerns in Adolescents With Idiopathic Scoliosis Undergoing Posterior Spinal Fusion With Instrumentation. Spine Deform. 2018 Mar - Apr; 6(2):148-155.
  3. Theologis AA, Sing DC, Chekeni F, Diab M. National Trends in the Surgical Management of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Analysis of a National Estimate of 60,108 Children From the National Inpatient Sample Over a 13-Year Time Period in the United States. Spine Deform. 2017 Jan; 5(1):56-65.

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