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Dr. Gopal Lalchandani is an orthopedic surgeon who cares for patients of all ages with upper extremity (from the elbow to the fingertip) injuries and conditions. He specializes in acute upper limb trauma and post-traumatic reconstruction of complex injuries. He also cares for a variety of other conditions affecting the upper extremities, including sports-related injuries, arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendon lacerations and ligament injuries. He also treats pediatric congenital hand disorders and complex elbow injuries.

Lalchandani's research focuses on wide-awake hand surgery (surgery with local anesthesia), distal radius fractures (broken wrists) and outcomes after upper extremity surgery.

Lalchandani earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery UCSF, where he served as chief resident. He completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Lalchandani grew up in Sacramento, California. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, skiing and spending time with his family.

  • Education

    Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MD, 2016

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Orthopedic Surgery, 2021

  • Fellowships

    Brigham & Women's and Boston Children's Hospitals, Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, 2022

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

As a hand surgeon, I feel honored to care for patients of all ages and walks of life with their upper extremity needs.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    139 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 16, 2023
    If there were a rating higher than a 5 Dr. Lalchandani would earn it. Dr. Lalchandani listens carefully and does his homework. I can tell he remembers my case and providing thoughtful treatment. I feel it is a conversation when I sit with him.He includes a careful physical exam with new studies and updated history. He is efficient but I do not feel rushed.Dr. Lalchandani is able to look me in the eye and tell me honestly about my progress and prognosis.I hope UCSF values Dr. Lalchandani's Talent!
    Oct 25, 2023
    Exceptional doctor on all fronts. He is able to diagnosis issues quickly and effectively explain causes and treatment options and includes me decision making. Very friendly and professional.
    Oct 19, 2023
    Would like more detailed information about after surgery requirements and way of healing. What the pain would be like and how long it would take to be able house my right wrist and hand.
    Oct 10, 2023
    Sep 14, 2023
    Dr Lalchandani is the kindest sweetest most perceptive humble professional I have had the privilege to be a pt of. Most Grateful
    Aug 24, 2023
    Excellent communication.
    Aug 22, 2023
    I appreciate Dr. Lalchandani's ability to give me his full attention. I was able to provide updates and consider options in a careful discussion. Dr. Lalchandani is welcoming careful and efficient. I appreciate his care.
    Aug 15, 2023
    Dr. Lalchandani asks great questions and provides easy to understand responses to my questions. I just read my AVS notes - I appreciate his detail. Also he's incredibly nice. That's always a plus when receiving any kind of medical care.
    Jul 12, 2023
    I came prepared with questions and Dr. Lalchandani addressed/eased the concerns I had.
    Jun 27, 2023
    Just wished I'd got in to see the doctor earlier since this would likely have affected the initial diagnosis and treatment
    Jun 14, 2023
    Dr. Lalchandani is an excellent provider. He listens well and answers thoughtfully. He values collaboration and talked with both my shoulder doctor and my hand therapist on the morning of my appointment. He is continuing his attention even through complexities in my case.
    Jun 07, 2023
    Dr. Lalchandani is very pleasant knowledgeable and shows great care when explaining procedures and answering questions.
    May 23, 2023
    I adore Lalchandani. He's the perfect doctor: smart kind informed teaches and caring.
    May 09, 2023
    Exceptional doctor! I wish they were all as skilled and compassionate as he is!
    May 02, 2023
    Every team member we interacted with at UCSF was outstanding! Thank you!
    May 02, 2023
    Dr. L was both personable and professional!
    Apr 18, 2023
    Dr. Lalchandani is a talented provider. He puts listening first. He covers a lot in a short time by tree I do not feel rushed. I left with a better understanding of my healing and a a step-wise plan.
    Apr 11, 2023
    Excellent compassion
    Mar 21, 2023
    I have already recommended Dr. Lalchandani to two friends.He is professional thoughtful and communicates well. He helped me through a challenging diagnostic process with his exceptional ability to synthesize information. After my recent surgery I feel I am on a good path to recovery.
    Mar 07, 2023
    I felt that the first meeting as rushed perhaps because the doctor was so behind schedule. He was good about responding to messages but I found some of his writing unclear.
    Mar 07, 2023
    Doctor was excellent. Very helpful wnd attentive.
    Mar 02, 2023
    Provider's exam and assessment of my condition were cursory. On two separate visits provider missed aspects of condition that PT later discovered
    Feb 28, 2023
    Superior combination of knowledge listening skills clear explanations and a patient-doctor collaborative approach to determining optimal treatment plan. Super pleased with this physician.
    Feb 14, 2023
    The team at UCSF was exceptional.
    Feb 01, 2023
    Simply excellent only feedback as he wanted me to come back in three weeks but there wasn't anything available for four weeks and I don't think he realizes how hard it is to get to see your hand therapist although I lucked out because there was cancellation I was able to get in right away away
    Jan 05, 2023
    What a nice fellow was my dr. If only I'd thought to request a shot of anti-nausea med since I had been so severely nauseated for days & I couldn't sit up. I was treated well but still went home to vomit for hours.
    Dec 29, 2022
    I was very happy to have Dr Lalchandani and his Fellow Doctor too they are outstanding
    Dec 11, 2022
    My concerns were addressed and explained thoroughly.
    Dec 03, 2022
    It was clear things were busy so my wait time was longer thank usual. The Dr was apologetic for the delay and was very efficient and thorough in helping me.
    Dec 02, 2022
    He's one of the best doctors I've seen-excellent in all regardsMake sure you keep him
    Nov 18, 2022
    Got double charged for x-rays. Waited 2 hours for x-rays at mission bay only to show up at the same UCSF location and you said they had to be retaken when you really misplaced them. Provider was dismissive unhelpful and a complete waste of time. Do other UCSF locations not work with each other?
    Nov 15, 2022
    No complaints and substantiated my confidence in UCSF treatment and caliber of medical professionals.
    Nov 10, 2022
    This was a very positive visit experience. I look forward to the follow up with Dr. GOPAL !
    Oct 04, 2022
    I think there should be an outstanding choice. Dr Lalchandani was outstanding. Fast professional and kind. Also friendly. Couldn't ask for a better experience. Thanks !!