Mohammad Diab


Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Mohammad Diab is an orthopedic surgeon and chief of pediatric orthopedics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. He specializes in treating musculoskeletal conditions in children and teenagers, and residual childhood deformities in young adults. He is especially interested in spinal deformities, including scoliosis (a curvature to one side), kyphosis (an upper back curve that results in a hunched posture) and spondylolisthesis (in which an injured vertebra has slipped onto the vertebra below). He is also an expert in treating hip dysplasia and other hip disorders in children, adolescents and young adults.

Subjects of Diab's research include care for scoliosis and hip deformities. In addition to publishing many studies on pediatric musculoskeletal conditions in peer-reviewed journals, Diab is co-author of Practice of Paediatric Orthopaedics, a standard textbook worldwide.

Diab earned his medical degree from Stanford University. He completed a residency in general orthopedic surgery at the University of Washington and a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Harvard University. He came to UCSF in 2002.

Diab is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and Scoliosis Research Society. He held an Academy of Medical Educators chair at UCSF for a decade and now holds the endowed chair in pediatric orthopedic education.

Born in Cairo, Diab completed his early education in the United Kingdom. Rooted in his undergraduate major of classical studies and spurred by his interest in the history of medicine, he wrote a book on medical language, Lexicon of Orthopædic Etymology. Most recently, he has turned his focus to electronic education, developing software applications to help patients navigate their conditions and treatments, as well as an image library of pediatric orthopedic disorders.

  • Education

    Stanford University School of Medicine, 1990

  • Residencies

    University of Washington, School of Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, 1997

  • Fellowships

    Harvard University, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, 1998

  • Board Certifications

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Academic Title


Spine Center

400 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

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Overall Experience
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Dr. Diab is amazing. He does a great job of explaining things to my daughter.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
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Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
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Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
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Knew the important information about your medical history
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The provider showed respect for what you had to say
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The provider spent enough time with me
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