Saam Morshed, MD, PhD, MPH

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Saam Morshed is an orthopedic trauma surgeon who specializes in treating broken bones and fractures at the Orthopaedic Institute at Mission Bay. He treats patients with breaks and fractures of the pelvis, arm, elbow, shoulder, ankle, foot, leg and knee. In his research, he studies skeletal injuries to develop new techniques for fracture repair and rehabilitation as well as prevention of post-traumatic arthritis.

Morshed earned a medical degree at the UCSF School of Medicine, where he completed an orthopedic residency. He completed an orthopedic trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He is a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, AO North America, Foundation for Orthopaedic Trauma and the Institute for Global Orthpaedics and Traumatology. He is an associate professor in residence in orthopedic surgery at UCSF.


Orthopedic Trauma Service
1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-9400
Fax: (415) 885-3862

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Title

Associate Professor

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UCSF School of Medicine 2001


UCSF Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery 2008


Harborview Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery 2009

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Razani N, Morshed S, Kohn MA, Wells NM, Thompson D, Alqassari M, Agodi A, Rutherford GW. Effect of park prescriptions with and without group visits to parks on stress reduction in low-income parents: SHINE randomized trial. PLoS One. 2018; 13(2):e0192921.
  2. Mustafa Diab M, Wu HH, Eliezer E, Haonga B, Morshed S, Shearer DW. The impact of antegrade intramedullary nailing start site using the SIGN nail in proximal femoral fractures: A prospective cohort study. Injury. 2018 Feb; 49(2):323-327.
  3. Morshed S, O'Toole R. Open Reduction and Medullary Nailing of Closed Tibial Shaft Fractures Is Not Benign. J Orthop Trauma. 2017 10; 31(10):e356.
  4. Cunningham BP, Brazina S, Morshed S, Miclau T. Fracture healing: A review of clinical, imaging and laboratory diagnostic options. Injury. 2017 Jun; 48 Suppl 1:S69-S75.
  5. Mohan R, Yi PH, Morshed S. Readability of Orthopedic Trauma Patient Education Materials on the Internet. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2017 May/Jun; 46(3):E190-E194.
  6. Obremskey WT, Schmidt AH, O'Toole RV, DeSanto J, Morshed S, Tornetta P, Murray CK, Jones CB, Scharfstein DO, Taylor TJ, Carlini AR, Castillo RC. A Prospective Randomized Trial to Assess Oral Versus Intravenous Antibiotics for the Treatment of Postoperative Wound Infection After Extremity Fractures (POvIV Study). J Orthop Trauma. 2017 04; 31 Suppl 1:S32-S38.
  7. Bosse MJ, Teague D, Reider L, Gary JL, Morshed S, Seymour RB, Toledano J, Cannada LK, Steverson B, Scharfstein DO, Luly J, MacKenzie EJ. Outcomes After Severe Distal Tibia, Ankle, and/or Foot Trauma: Comparison of Limb Salvage Versus Transtibial Amputation (OUTLET). J Orthop Trauma. 2017 04; 31 Suppl 1:S48-S55.
  8. Bosse MJ, Morshed S, Reider L, Ertl W, Toledano J, Firoozabadi R, Seymour RB, Carroll E, Scharfstein DO, Steverson B, MacKenzie EJ. Transtibial Amputation Outcomes Study (TAOS): Comparing Transtibial Amputation With and Without a Tibiofibular Synostosis (Ertl) Procedure. J Orthop Trauma. 2017 Apr; 31 Suppl 1:S63-S69.
  9. Eliezer EN, Haonga BT, Morshed S, Shearer DW. Predictors of Reoperation for Adult Femoral Shaft Fractures Managed Operatively in a Sub-Saharan Country. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 Mar 01; 99(5):388-395.
  10. Wu HH, Liu M, Patel KR, Turner W, Baltus L, Caldwell AM, Hahn JC, Coughlin RR, Morshed S, Miclau T, Shearer DW. Impact of academic collaboration and quality of clinical orthopaedic research conducted in low- and middle-income countries. SICOT J. 2017; 3:6.
  11. Kempton LB, Dibbern K, Anderson DD, Morshed S, Higgins TF, Marsh JL, McKinley TO. Objective Metric of Energy Absorbed in Tibial Plateau Fractures Corresponds Well to Clinician Assessment of Fracture Severity. J Orthop Trauma. 2016 Oct; 30(10):551-6.
  12. Kramer EJ, Shearer DW, Marseille E, Haonga B, Ngahyoma J, Eliezer E, Morshed S. The Cost of Intramedullary Nailing for Femoral Shaft Fractures in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. World J Surg. 2016 09; 40(9):2098-108.
  13. Dibbern K, Kempton LB, Higgins TF, Morshed S, McKinley TO, Marsh JL, Anderson DD. Fractures of the tibial plateau involve similar energies as the tibial pilon but greater articular surface involvement. J Orthop Res. 2017 03; 35(3):618-624.
  14. Baumgartner R, Libuit K, Ren D, Bakr O, Singh N, Kandemir U, Marmor MT, Morshed S. Reduction of Radiation Exposure From C-Arm Fluoroscopy During Orthopaedic Trauma Operations With Introduction of Real-Time Dosimetry. J Orthop Trauma. 2016 Feb; 30(2):e53-8.
  15. Kramer EJ, Shearer D, Morshed S. The use of traction for treating femoral shaft fractures in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review. Int Orthop. 2016 05; 40(5):875-83.
  16. Cook GE, Bates BD, Tornetta P, McKee MD, Morshed S, Slobogean GP, Schemitsch EH. Assessment of Fracture Repair. J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Dec; 29 Suppl 12:S57-61.
  17. Lindvall E, Martirosian A, Morshed S. Autosterilization of Contaminated and Devascularized Bone Fragments Through a Subcutaneous Bone Pouch. J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Dec; 29(12):558-62.
  18. Slobogean GP, Giannoudis PV, Frihagen F, Forte ML, Morshed S, Bhandari M. Bigger Data, Bigger Problems. J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Dec; 29 Suppl 12:S43-6.
  19. Shearer DW, Volberding PA, Schemitsch EH, Cook GE, Slobogean GP, Morshed S. Building Networks for Global Clinical Research: The Basics. J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Dec; 29 Suppl 12:S15-8.
  20. Morshed S, Mikhail C, Miclau Iii T. Timing of Femoral Shaft Fracture Fixation Affects Length of Hospital Stay in Patients with Multiple Injuries. Open Orthop J. 2015; 9:324-31.

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