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Lionel Metz


Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Lionel Metz is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spine surgery, caring for both children and adults. He is skilled in using minimally invasive techniques to treat spinal disorders.

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

Metz earned his medical degree and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at UCSF. He completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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

  • Education

    UCSF, 2008

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Orthopedic Surgery, 2014

  • Fellowships

    Washington University School of Medicine, Spine Surgery, 2015

  • Board Certifications

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    187 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 23, 2023
    Dr. Metz is the best. I've referred a couple of people to him and they are now current patients
    Nov 17, 2023
    Dr. Metz is a kind caring human being. Great listener and answers questions/concerns with direct answers. He is a humble person.
    Oct 25, 2023
    Exemplary treatment received. First time in nearly eight years that I feel my chief complaint was heard and new paths of treatment are being recommended. He is to be commended for his caring nature and the care he provides!
    Sep 13, 2023
    Dr. Metz is an incredible physician that listens shows compassion & is an amazing surgeon
    Sep 06, 2023
    Dr. Metz is an amazing physician and surgeon. Patient calm but also down to earth and explains things well. Validating and never felt rushed. Exemplary doctor.
    Aug 09, 2023
    Dr. Metz is awesome. He combines impressive knowledge in his field with a warm compassionate and friendly manner. He is the best!!
    Jul 15, 2023
    Dr. Metz is very thorough explaining things to me. Always antes my questions and goes over things I'm not sure about. He never makes me fill rushed.
    Jul 12, 2023
    Dr. Metz presents as very warm open exceptionally knowledgeable as he should be. A pleasure to interact with I trust him with my life and quality of life.
    Jun 30, 2023
    Dr Metz is of the highest quality in all aspects of his care and attention
    Jun 02, 2023
    Dr. Metz always listens to my questions and concerns. He takes the time to explain things to me and is very sensitive to my concerns.
    Apr 13, 2023
    Dr Metz and staff are very friendly & professional
    Apr 03, 2023
    Dr Metz is a great surgeon. Cares greatly about his patients. Professional and courteous. Explain everything so I understand. Great Dr.
    Feb 17, 2023
    Dr. Metz has provided me with the best medical care I've ever received. He demonstrates that a highly skilled surgeon can also approach people with radical kindness and compassion. He listens to me and takes my circumstances into account when considering the treatment options and he explains things so well and takes the time to answer all my questions. I highly recommend him to anyone needed orthopedic spine care.
    Feb 02, 2023
    First it would be almost impossible for my referrals to find him and I really don't know anything about him other than the delays are within your system are very Impressive.
    Dec 23, 2022
    Comprehensive listened even for things outside the scope of this visit
    Dec 21, 2022
    Very good provider listened to concerns and addressed them.
    Nov 30, 2022
    Dr. Metz has excellent bedside manners and is very patient and supportive.
    Nov 16, 2022
    Everyone there always show me the most incredible attention and sincere concern for all my needs.
    Nov 04, 2022
    Dr Metz was awesome to work with- great listener answered all my varied questions (there were a lot) empathetic and yet firm about how I should be recovering. I had a great experience with him and felt very taken care of
    Nov 04, 2022
    Dr. Metz listened to me took time to explain things to me and did not seem at all rushed.
    Oct 05, 2022
    Excellent experience at all levels
    Sep 28, 2022
    Great doctor and physicians assistant
    Sep 28, 2022
    These days few clinicians have true curiosity. The goal Is to do the basics and move on. There is no room for the unusual or thought provoking. Given that at least this clinician courteous and essentially skilled
    Aug 25, 2022
    I have already recommended him.
    Aug 24, 2022
    Excellent surgeon this is my second surgery from Dr. Metz & I wouldn't want any other spine surgeon
    Jul 26, 2022
    Dr Metz is the most caring and passionate physician I have ever met. I always recommend Dr Metz to others!!
    May 08, 2022
    Dr. Lionel Metz is complete in the treatment and aftercare he gives. Because of Dr. Metz I was able to get out of my wheelchair and stay out!! Because of Dr. Lionel Metz knowledge he enables me to make my own decision regarding my health and care. Awesome Doctor. Thank you Dr. L. Metz!
    May 04, 2022
    Dr. Metz is always very helpful
    Apr 29, 2022
    I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Metz. He always displays a thorough knowledge of my medical history takes time to examine me and asks careful follow-up questions. I greatly appreciate his concern for my well-being.
    Apr 15, 2022
    Dr. Metz is the best! If I could give him a rating higher than 5 in each of the above categories I would. He is friendly kind compassionate and caring and the advice he gives me is the best possible. This is such s refreshing contrast to the type of medical care I encountered years ago.
    Mar 30, 2022
    Dr. Metz is an amazing Orthopedic surgeon. He also is incredibly patient and really educated me in my neck issues. He did a 2 year follow up on my triple scoliosis surgery. He and I are pleased with the healing results.
    Mar 30, 2022
    Dr. Metz have excellent bedside manner. He listens thoroughly
    Mar 09, 2022
    I have recommended Dr.Metz to friends in upper northern CA 6 hours away. One is a patient.
    Mar 08, 2022
    Staff was perfectly clear on the dues and don'ts very charming very professional excellent bedside manner. I cannot stop singing the Praises of Dr. Metz and staff.
    Feb 28, 2022
    I am going back to see him prior to the surgery tomorrow but I am sure he will be very good