Thomas Vail, MD

Chair of Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Thomas Parker Vail, chair of Orthopedic Surgery at UCSF, is a specialist in total joint replacement and preservation of the hip and knee and surgical treatment of arthritis and osteonecrosis. In his research, Vail focuses on innovative bone implant techniques, clinical outcomes of devices used in adult reconstruction and repair of cartilage.

As chair of Orthopedic Surgery, Vail oversees the department's clinical, research and education activities.

Read a Q&A with Vail.


Arthritis and Joint Replacement Center
1500 Owens St., Suite 430
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353–2808
Fax: (415) 885–3862

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

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Title

Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Loyola University School of Medicine 1985


Duke University, Orthopaedic Surgery 1991


Duke University, Reconstructive/Cosmetic Surgery 1992

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Vail TP. What's Important: A Musculoskeletal Moonshot: Accelerating Orthopaedic Innovation. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2018 Apr 04; 100(7):627-628.
  2. Grace TR, Patterson JT, Tangtiphaiboontana J, Krogue JD, Vail TP, Ward DT. Hip Fractures and the Bundle: A Cost Analysis of Patients Undergoing Hip Arthroplasty for Femoral Neck Fracture vs Degenerative Joint Disease. J Arthroplasty. 2018 Feb 05.
  3. Vail TP. CORR InsightsŪ: Stem Cells Combined With Platelet-rich Plasma Effectively Treat Corticosteroid-induced Osteonecrosis of the Hip: A Prospective Study. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2018 Feb; 476(2):398-399.

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