Dr. Thomas Parker Vail, chair of orthopedic surgery at UCSF, is a specialist in total joint replacement and preservation of the hip and knee, as well as surgical treatment of arthritis and osteonecrosis (a bone disease in which tissue dies from lack of blood supply). He oversees the department’s activities in patient care, research and education.
In his research, Vail investigates innovative bone implant techniques. He also studies clinical outcomes of devices used in reconstruction and repair of cartilage in adult patients.
After graduating from Duke University with a degree in mechanical engineering and materials science, Vail earned his medical degree at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center, then went on to complete a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery.
Vail is slated to become president of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
Loyola University School of Medicine, 1985
Duke University, Orthopaedic Surgery, 1991
Duke University, Reconstructive/Cosmetic Surgery, 1992
Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery