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Utku Kandemir


Orthopedic surgeon
Loves challenges

Dr. Utku Kandemir is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in care for traumatic injuries. His areas of expertise include reconstruction after complex trauma. He treats fractures of the pelvis, hip, shoulder, elbow, arm, knee, ankle and leg; he also treats deformities and infections that develop after injury.

Kandemir's research focuses on fractures and joint biomechanics.

A native of Turkey, Kandemir completed his medical degree as well as residencies in internal medicine and orthopedic surgery at the Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine in Ankara. He completed a research fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a UCSF fellowship in orthopedic trauma at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

Kandemir is a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, AO North America and American College of Surgeons. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has taught and lectured nationally and internationally.

  • Education

    Hacettepe University School of Medicine, 1993

  • Residencies

    Hacettepe University Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 1995

    Hacettepe University Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery, 2001

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Orthopedic Trauma, 2005

  • Board Certifications

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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I'm passionate about providing the highest quality patient care using the most current techniques.

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    157 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 17, 2023
    Dr. Kandemir is clearly among the best orthopedic trauma surgeons in the world. He also is caring and friendly.
    Oct 25, 2023
    Excellent care from Dr. Kandemir and team!!
    Sep 27, 2023
    I feel very grateful to be a patient of UCSF.after the treatment I got at Santa Rosa
    Sep 21, 2023
    Sep 16, 2023
    Through the surgery from preop to postop to long-term follow up Dr. Kandemir has been very involved in my care and careful to explain my situation and prognosis. Has been very available with emails for postop checks and recovery
    Aug 25, 2023
    My surgeon Dr Kandemir is excellent.
    May 28, 2023
    The surgeon's bedside manner wasn't all that great. I had to ask lots of questions about future treatments and expected outcomes of which the explanations were short lacking of details and felt like he didn't want to be there.
    May 12, 2023
    It was all good I was treated with respect and concern. I got all my questions answered and I feel confident in the surgeon.
    May 01, 2023
    My stay in UCFS was excellent great care and excellent staff
    Mar 29, 2023
    Highly Professional and experienced doctor
    Mar 29, 2023
    Dr. Kandemir answered all my questions clearly.
    Mar 09, 2023
    Highly recommended as a highley professional surgeon and also excellent orthopedic doctor
    Feb 07, 2023
    Dr. Kandemir was excellent--a doctor's doctor. Patient and helpful.
    Dec 30, 2022
    I have been having a lot of pain in my shin that has been concerning me and also to look at my shin changed which was never commented on by the staff.
    Dec 18, 2022
    Iv been informed of all the instructions and treatment process and provided the number of the nurse that will following me with all the steps of the treatment
    Nov 11, 2022
    The visit was not a good use of time. Dr. Kandemir and another person that did not introduce himself asked daughter of patient if dr. Kandemir should examine patient's wound. Neither doctor proceeded to examine the patient. Dr. Kandemir proceeded to ask daughter of patient about her baseline functioning before fracture and current PT. The entire visit lasted less than five minutes that did not involve any examination of the patient. When scheduling the appointment it was told to us that patient needed to come in to have her stitches removed and have her wound examined to ensure that it is healing properly. If it was up to family member of patient to judge and tell the doctor if the wound is healing what was the purpose of transporting the patient to the office for less than five minutes of questioning. The person that did not introduce himself showed us the pre and post surgery x-ray but these had been reviewed with us the day after her surgery at the hospital. Please be more considerate of others' time when requesting patient to come in next time if you have no intention of going near the patient to examine her.
    Nov 07, 2022
    Dr. K is a lifesaver!! I Can't say more more about the man that performed a 9 1/2 hour surgery on me to save my life!He is thoughtful organized and warm. This is the man that I recommend for Dr of the year!!!
    Oct 26, 2022
    Dr Kandemir is a super intelligent doctor who listens to your questions and provides responses in an easy to understand form.
    Sep 30, 2022
    I couldn't have gotten a better well experienced surgeon. Dr. Kandemir is the best. My surgery and post follow ups went smoothly because of him.
    Jul 10, 2022
    Dr. Kandemir answered all my questions and was very attentive to my issues
    Jun 12, 2022
    Doctor Kandemir is an expert. Should be given some kind of award and funding for research projects without being forced to write a grant proposal bc he's so cool.
    Apr 28, 2022
    Apr 27, 2022
    Mar 29, 2022
    He only referred me out to a spinal specialist... That's all
    Mar 21, 2022
    I appreciates the lisit of Pt snd Ot providers but would like specific recommendations for who is k own to be excellent because care can vary and I didnt know who to call. First.