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Sigurd Berven, M.D.

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Sigurd H. Berven has a strong clinical interest in spinal disorders of children and adults. He is interested in pediatric and adult deformity, degenerative conditions of the spine, spinal tumors and spinal trauma. His research interests include assessment of clinical outcomes of surgery, and minimally invasive techniques in spine surgery.

Berven also is studying cellular and molecular techniques for the biological regeneration of components of the spine including the intervertebral disc. Berven has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences, speaking on topics including measurement of outcomes in spine surgery, evaluation and management of spinal disorders, and advanced techniques in spine surgery.

He is a graduate of the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency. After completing his residency, he had further clinical training in Spine Surgery as a clinical fellow at UCSF and in pediatric orthopedic surgery as the chief resident at Boston Children's Hospital. Berven studied human biology as an undergraduate at Stanford University. He was a graduate student at Oxford University in philosophy, politics and economics. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.


Spine Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0332
Phone: (866) 81-SPINE or (866) 817-7463
Ortho-spine Fax: (415) 353-4047

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

Conditions & Treatments

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Harvard Medical School 1993


UCSF, Orthopedic Surgery


UCSF, Surgery

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Waldrop R, Cheng J, Devin C, McGirt M, Fehlings M, Berven S. The Burden of Spinal Disorders in the Elderly. Neurosurgery. 2015 Oct; 77 Suppl 4:S46-50.
  2. Gussous Y, Than K, Mummaneni P, Smith J, Steinmetz M, Ohya J, Berven S. Appropriate Use of Limited Interventions vs Extensive Surgery in the Elderly Patient With Spinal Disorders. Neurosurgery. 2015 Oct; 77 Suppl 4:S142-63.
  3. Berven SH, Hohenstein NA, Savage JW, Tribus CB. Does the Outcome of Adult Deformity Surgery Justify the Complications in Elderly (Above 70 y of Age) Patients? J Spinal Disord Tech. 2015 Oct; 28(8):271-4.
  4. Inoue S, Khashan M, Fujimori T, Berven SH. Analysis of mechanical failure associated with reoperation in spinal fusion to the sacrum in adult spinal deformity. J Orthop Sci. 2015 Jul; 20(4):609-16.
  5. Crawford CH, Glassman SD, Bridwell KH, Berven SH, Carreon LY. The Minimum Clinically Important Difference in SRS-22R Total Score, Appearance, Activity and Pain Domains After Surgical Treatment of Adult Spinal Deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Mar 15; 40(6):377-81.
  6. Ji X, Chen H, Zhang Y, Zhang L, Zhang W, Berven S, Tang P. Three-column osteotomy surgery versus standard surgical management for the correction of adult spinal deformity: a cohort study. J Orthop Surg Res. 2015; 10(1):23.
  7. Fujimori T, Le H, Schairer WW, Berven SH, Qamirani E, Hu SS. Does Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Have Advantages over Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion for Degenerative Spondylolisthesis? Global Spine J. 2015 Apr; 5(2):102-9.
  8. Beall DP, McRoberts WP, Berven SH, Ledlie JT, Tutton SM, Parsons BP. Critique of the Analysis of on the Treatment of Painful Vertebral Compression Fractures: Time to Update UpToDate. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2015 Apr; 36(4):631-6.
  9. Borgström F, Beall DP, Berven S, Boonen S, Christie S, Kallmes DF, Kanis JA, Olafsson G, Singer AJ, Åkesson K. Health economic aspects of vertebral augmentation procedures. Osteoporos Int. 2015 Apr; 26(4):1239-49.
  10. Angevine PD, Berven S. Health economic studies: an introduction to cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and cost-utility analyses. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Oct 15; 39(22 Suppl 1):S9-15.
  11. Hsu WK, Hashimoto RE, Berven SH, Nassr A. Biological substitutes/extenders for spinal arthrodesis: which agents are cost-effective? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Oct 15; 39(22 Suppl 1):S86-98.
  12. Schairer WW, Carrer A, Sing DC, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Hu SS, Berven SH, Burch S, Tay B, Deviren V, Ames C. Hospital readmission rates after surgical treatment of primary and metastatic tumors of the spine. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Oct 1; 39(21):1801-8.
  13. Hiniker A, Wong LJ, Berven S, Truong CK, Adesina AM, Margeta M. Axial mitochondrial myopathy in a patient with rapidly progressive adult-onset scoliosis. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2014; 2(1):137.
  14. Fisher CG, Goldschlager T, Boriani S, Varga PP, Rhines LD, Fehlings MG, Luzzati A, Dekutoski MB, Reynolds JJ, Chou D, Berven SH, Williams RP, Quraishi NA, Bettegowda C, Gokaslan ZL. An evidence-based medicine model for rare and often neglected neoplastic conditions. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Nov; 21(5):704-10.
  15. de Kleuver M, Lewis SJ, Germscheid NM, Kamper SJ, Alanay A, Berven SH, Cheung KM, Ito M, Lenke LG, Polly DW, Qiu Y, van Tulder M, Shaffrey C. Optimal surgical care for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: an international consensus. Eur Spine J. 2014 Dec; 23(12):2603-18.
  16. Saigal R, Lau D, Wadhwa R, Le H, Khashan M, Berven S, Chou D, Mummaneni PV. Unilateral versus bilateral iliac screws for spinopelvic fixation: are two screws better than one? Neurosurg Focus. 2014 May; 36(5):E10.
  17. Fujimori T, Inoue S, Le H, Schairer WW, Berven SH, Tay BK, Deviren V, Burch S, Iwasaki M, Hu SS. Long fusion from sacrum to thoracic spine for adult spinal deformity with sagittal imbalance: upper versus lower thoracic spine as site of upper instrumented vertebra. Neurosurg Focus. 2014 May; 36(5):E9.
  18. Cher D, Polly D, Berven S. Sacroiliac joint pain: burden of disease. Med Devices (Auckl). 2014; 7:73-81.
  19. Maruo K, Berven SH. Outcome and treatment of postoperative spine surgical site infections: predictors of treatment success and failure. J Orthop Sci. 2014 May; 19(3):398-404.
  20. Quinn RH, Randall RL, Benevenia J, Berven SH, Raskin KA. Contemporary management of metastatic bone disease: tips and tools of the trade for general practitioners. Instr Course Lect. 2014; 63:431-41.

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