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Dr. Sara L. Edwards is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in caring for patients with shoulder, elbow and knee injuries. She provides surgical treatment for shoulder arthritis, including complex shoulder arthroplasty (reconstruction or replacement of the joint) and revisions. She also cares for patients of all ages with sports-related injuries. She treats athletes at all levels, from recreational to elite.

Edwards' research focuses on patient outcomes after shoulder arthroplasty and labral repair (correcting damage to the shoulder cartilage). She is also interested in injury epidemiology (the study of features such as risk factors and which people tend to be affected), biomechanical evaluation of shoulder arthroscopic procedures, proximal humerus fractures (breaks near the top of the upper arm bone) and preventing injuries in young athletes.

At Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Edwards earned her medical degree and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery, serving as chief resident. She then completed a sports medicine fellowship in orthopedic surgery at Columbia University, where she served as the Charles S. Neer MD Shoulder and Elbow Fellow.

Edwards is a team doctor for City College of San Francisco, the University of San Francisco and the Oakland Ballet. She is the former orthopedic surgeon for the University of California, Berkeley, caring for athletes on the football, rugby, women's basketball and gymnastics teams. She is also the former head orthopedic surgeon for the Northwestern University Wildcats.

  • Education

    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, MD, 2000

  • Residencies

    Northwestern University, Orthopedic Surgery, 2005

  • Fellowships

    Columbia University, Orthopedic Surgery, 2006

  • Board Certifications

    Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    200 Ratings
    About our process
    Aug 26, 2023
    Dr. Edwards seem to be rushed and mentioned needing to get her cell phone and that she still had another patient to see. While she is good at providing answers to questions she does not volunteer information. She did not have ready access to the surgical imagery she was planning to discuss with me.
    Aug 19, 2023
    This is the third time that Dr. Sara Edwards has been late by 60 minutes to a scheduled appointment. Not professional at all.
    Aug 14, 2023
    She was horrible. She was late. She yawned multiple times during my exam/appointment. When I asked for specific instructions on modified exercises and activities she was blunt and less than helpful. She came back in the room with an annoyed irritated expression and tone. Basically do whatever I want until it hurts. I skate do yoga hike bike play pickle ball etc. So with no specific instructions or modifications to my activities that won't make the pain tears worse I left feeling like other than telling me the specific name of my shoulder pain it was a waste of my morning. I asked about an another therapy instead of a just taking ibuprofen and giving me a cortisone shot such as PRP therapy and stem cells and she was dismissive. I didn't end up leaving the office until after 12. I spent more time waiting than she took to address my problems and concerns.
    Aug 08, 2023
    Dr. Edwards is the BEST! I have without reservation recommended her to friends and family.
    Aug 08, 2023
    Doctor did not go into detail as to what the surgery would entail. Don't just say "I'm going to fix it." Tell me what you're actually going to do to my body.
    Aug 08, 2023
    Very professional yet personable. Excellent experience
    Jul 23, 2023
    I have worked in pharmaceutical sales for 35 plus years and Dr. Edwards is one the the most professional personal down to earth and competent physicians I have encountered.
    Jun 17, 2023
    Dr Edwards is an excellent surgeon with very good bedside manner. She is present and detail-oriented
    Jun 15, 2023
    Briefly saw the Dr. Can not judge. Over a hour late.
    Jun 13, 2023
    Dr Edwards is thoughtful professional and wonderfully capable.
    May 09, 2023
    MD running late because of overbooking less engaged than previous visits
    May 06, 2023
    MD entered some inaccurate information on after visit summary. I don't understand why two UCSF MDs proposed two very different ways of addressing my same medical concern. Makes me lose some faith in UCSF.
    Apr 19, 2023
    Excellent experience. Dr. Edwards friendly thorough and informative. Care plan explained and discussed. Very pleased.
    Apr 11, 2023
    She is Terrific
    Apr 01, 2023
    Absolutely wonderful. Friendly caring and professional. Not rushed at all and great at talking through what was going on.
    Feb 25, 2023
    Edwards and staff are fantastic.
    Feb 25, 2023
    Dr Edwards immediately responded to questions about ways I could help heal my knee and links to resources online that were exactly what I was searching for. Her response saved me a lot of time and I knew the site I was directed to would be a reputable resource.
    Feb 18, 2023
    My Doctor is amazing. She was very positive about her abilities before the surgery and afterwards said it worked out all according to the plan. It went well... I am healing now about 6 weeks out and have minimal pain and discomfort.
    Jan 27, 2023
    Dr Edwards really thought through all of the issues my bad fall on my knees could have caused to the recent meniscus surgery and new symptoms I was having. I felt she was thorough and concerned and ordered appropriate diagnostic tests and followup.
    Jan 14, 2023
    It was an excellent appointment and I appreciated the detailed descriptions and explanation of recommended procedures and all of my options for scheduling them.
    Jan 14, 2023
    We feel so fortunate to receive care from Dr. Edwards yesterday and over the years. She is a skilled professional and her skills include relational goodness. She sees and cares about the human beings in front of her rather acting on stereotypes.Our time with her is always very valuable!
    Dec 19, 2022
    Dr Edwards was also exemplary in all respects.
    Dec 17, 2022
    Dr Edwards was attentive and supportive. Very positive experience
    Dec 14, 2022
    She took time and went above and beyond. Something very rare nowadays. It was so nice to finally talk to someone who seemed to care about my whole person not just my symptom!
    Dec 13, 2022
    Dr. Edwards is a consummate professional.The is thorough concerned and listens really well.She explains details in easy-to-understand ways!
    Dec 05, 2022
    Very happy with Dr. Edwards care!
    Nov 19, 2022
    Dr Edwards was great at explaining things to me. She is very thorough
    Oct 24, 2022
    Dr. Sara Louise Edwards is the best. She listens carefully and asked intelligent questions. She really cares about her patients and about fixing their ortho problems.
    Oct 22, 2022
    Seemed distracted during visit. Care provider did not have proper information or reviewed my records.
    Oct 22, 2022
    I was very happy with my conversation
    Oct 13, 2022
    Very nice professional MD.
    Oct 05, 2022
    Thank heavens Dr. Sara Edwards is now in the Berkeley USCF Clinic. Very knowledgeable knows just how to explain what is going on even when your mind is confused with the diagnosis.
    Oct 04, 2022
    Dr Sara Edwards was incredibly kind and very skilled.
    Sep 13, 2022
    Dr. Edwards is the reason I chose UCSF
    Sep 03, 2022
    I already have recommended Dr Edwards to a family member
    Aug 24, 2022
    Dr is clear and straightforward.
    Aug 20, 2022
    Dr Edwards is a phenomenal doctor in every way...
    Jul 15, 2022
    Feel like she could have put more energy into the appointment
    Jul 13, 2022
    Jun 04, 2022
    Dr. Edwards is at the top of competent/respectful/caring Doctors I've had
    May 26, 2022
    Dr Sara Edwards is professional knowledgeable compassionate and kind. I am privilege to be her patient and receive excellent medical care from her. She is such an asset to UCSF!
    May 03, 2022
    Dr. Edwards is the best.
    Apr 13, 2022
    Apr 12, 2022
    I have recommended her to others and now my piano tuner is her patient as well
    Mar 01, 2022
    The only reason I am still pursuing care with UCSF is because this doctor came highly reviewed.
    Feb 13, 2022
    I thought of questions after provider left and asked nurse about questions whoWas not clear but was able to set upA consult with the provider the Dr referred me too
    Feb 07, 2022
    Dr Edwards has gone above and beyond with her responsiveness to questions and concerns. She shows empathy clinical expertise and is kind and warm. She is exceptional.
    Jan 16, 2022
    Best sports medicine doctor that I have had in years!!!
    Dec 23, 2021
    Dr Edwards is an excellent physician. Just wasn't happy about wait time. Not sure if that is her or the scheduler.
    Nov 06, 2021
    Dr. Edwards is a very good surgeon. I am still recovering but she did a very good job- showed me pics from the actual surgery and how things were fixed. The only problem was reaching my caregiver (or anyone) that could answer my questions post surgery.