Winter 2006

New Department Faculty

Shane Burch, M.D.
Assistant Professor and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Shane Burch received BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Western Ontario in 1994 before attending medical school at the University of Toronto. Upon completion of undergraduate medical training in 1998, he entered residency in the Division of Orthopaedics at the University of Toronto. Burch completed a residency in Toronto in 2004, followed by a spine fellowship at UCSF. He joined the UCSF faculty in August 2005.

During his residency, Burch became interested in the treatment of metastatic spine disease and bone tumors. He identified the difficulty with current management methods of metastatic bone disease and conceived of treating these disorders with photodynamic therapy. Burch has engaged in collaborative research with the biophotonics group at the University of Toronto and the Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBST) at the University of California, Davis. He has been supported in his research by CBST, a Canadian Institute of Health Research grant and grants from the Canadian Breast Cancer Society.

Utku Kandemir, M.D.
Clinical Instructor and Orthopaedic Surgeon
Sports and Trauma

Utku Kandemir joined the UCSF faculty at San Francisco General Hospital in August 2005. His clinical areas of interest are trauma and sports medicine. After receiving a medical degree from Hacettepe University School of Medicine in Ankara, Turkey in 1993, he did two years of residency in internal medicine and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Hacettepe University in 2000. During his chief residency year, Kandemir spent three months at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2000, he was awarded a traveling fellowship by European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT).

Kandemir then did a research fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was further trained in clinical management of sports injuries and in joint anatomy and mechanics. He returned to Hacettepe to join the faculty as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery. With increasing interest in advanced training in trauma, Kandemir completed a clinical trauma fellowship at San Francisco General Hospital in 2004-2005.

Masato Nagao, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Instructor and Physiatrist

Masato Nagao recently joined the faculty as a physiatrist specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), a second specialty after a long, productive academic and clinical career in orthopaedic surgery. He received a medical degree from Sapporo Medical University in 1982, where he also completed an orthopaedic surgery residency. In 1989, Nagao was appointed to the faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Sapporo Medical University as the chief of Hip and Arthritis Surgery Services. In 1996, he moved to Baltimore, Md. for biomechanical research in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University.

Nagao then changed his specialty and completed residency training in PM&R at Albany Medical Center in New York. During his residency, Nagao continued collaborating in clinical research with medical centers in Japan, presenting at both national and international meetings and publishing papers. He was an invited lecturer at Sapporo Medical University in 2003. Nagao joined the UCSF faculty in August 2005, following the completion of his PM&R residency.

Milan Sen, MDCM, FRCS(C)
Clinical Instructor and Orthopaedic Traumatologist
Upper Extremity

Milan Sen joined the UCSF faculty as an orthopaedic traumatologist and director of upper extremity surgery in August 2005. In 1998, he received his medical degree from McGill University and completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at McGill University Health Center in 2003.

Following residency training, Sen completed a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the renowned Christine M. Kleinert Institute in Louisville, Ky. He then spent one month in Vietnam volunteering with Orthopaedics Overseas before completing a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma surgery with David L. Helfet, M.D., at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. In 2005, Sen was awarded the John Border Memorial European Trauma Fellowship by AO North America. He spent one month in Zurich, Switzerland, under the supervision of Otmar Trentz, M.D. His clinical and research interests are in trauma, upper extremity reconstruction, microvascular surgery and soft tissue coverage.

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