Utku Kandemir, MD

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Utku Kandemir is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and treating injuries caused by trauma. His areas of expertise include reconstructive and complex joint trauma, pelvic trauma and sports injuries affecting the hip, knee and shoulder.

A native of Turkey, Kandemir completed a medical degree, internal medicine residency and orthopedic surgery residency at the Hacettepe University Medical School in Ankara, Turkey. He completed a research fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and clinical trauma fellowship at San Francisco General Hospital. Kandemir provides volunteer medical coverage at San Francisco high school football league games. His research focuses on fracture and joint biomechanics. He is a professor of 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

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Hacettepe University School of Medicine 1993


Hacettepe University Medical Center, Internal Medicine 1995
Hacettepe University Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery 2001

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Wang H, Kandemir U, Liu P, Zhang H, Wang PF, Zhang BF, Shang K, Fu YH, Ke C, Zhuang Y, Wei X, Li Z, Zhang K. Perioperative incidence and locations of deep vein thrombosis following specific isolated lower extremity fractures. Injury. 2018 May 22.
  2. Kandemir U, Augat P, Konowalczyk S, Wipf F, von Oldenburg G, Schmidt U. Implant Material, Type of Fixation at the Shaft, and Position of Plate Modify Biomechanics of Distal Femur Plate Osteosynthesis. J Orthop Trauma. 2017 Aug; 31(8):e241-e246.
  3. Kandemir U, Herfat S, Herzog M, Viscogliosi P, Pekmezci M. Fatigue Failure in Extra-Articular Proximal Tibia Fractures: Locking Intramedullary Nail Versus Double Locking Plates-A Biomechanical Study. J Orthop Trauma. 2017 Feb; 31(2):e49-e54.

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