Lisa Lattanza


Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Lisa Lattanza is an orthopedic surgeon and UCSF's chief of hand, elbow and upper arm surgery. Caring for both adults and children, she has expertise in surgeries for arthritis, blood vessel and nerve problems, bone deformities, dislocations and fractures, joint problems, ligament and tendon injuries, and tumors. She has special interests in hand and elbow birth defects in children and elbow and forearm reconstruction in adults.

A former physical therapist, Lattanza earned her medical degree at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. She completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Missouri. She continued her training first with a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital Center and then with a fellowship in congenital hand defects at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Lattanza teaches and performs surgery for Health Volunteers Overseas. She is co-founder of the Perry Initiative, an organization that encourages high school girls to pursue careers in orthopedic surgery.

  • Education

    Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, 1993

  • Residencies

    Columbia College of Physician and Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgery

    University of Missouri, Kansas City, Orthopedic Surgery, 1994

  • Fellowships

    Roosevelt Hospital, New York City, Hand Surgery, 1998

    Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas, Congenital Hand Problems, 1999

  • Board Certifications

    Surgery of the Hand, American Board of Medical Specialties

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Academic Title

    Professor Emeritus

Hand, Elbow & Upper Extremity Surgery Center

1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158