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. 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.
  2. Weick JW, Kang H, Lee L, Kuether J, Liu X, Hansen EN, Kandemir U, Rollins MD, Mok JM. Direct Measurement of Tissue Oxygenation as a Method of Diagnosis of Acute Compartment Syndrome. J Orthop Trauma. 2016 Nov; 30(11):585-591.
  3. Kandemir U, Herfat S, Herzog M, Viscogliosi P, Pekmezci M. Fatigue failure in extra-articular proximal tibia fractures: locking intramedullary nail vs. Double locking plates. J Orthop Trauma. 2016 Oct 07.
  4. Zhuang Y, Zhang K, Wang H, Wei X, Liu P, Wang PF, Cong YX, Lei JL, Kandemir U. A short buttress plate fixation of posterior column through single ilioinguinal approach for complex acetabular fractures. Int Orthop. 2017 01; 41(1):165-171.
  5. 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.
  6. McDonald E, Kwiat D, Kandemir U. Geometry of Proximal Humerus Locking Plates. J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Nov; 29(11):e425-30.
  7. Mcdonald E, Theologis AA, Horst P, Kandemir U, Pekmezci M. When do anterior external or internal fixators provide additional stability in an unstable (Tile C) pelvic fracture? A biomechanical study. Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg. 2015 Dec; 41(6):665-71.
  8. Ghayoumi P, Kandemir U, Morshed S. Evidence based update: open versus closed reduction. Injury. 2015 Mar; 46(3):467-73.
  9. Godzik J, McAndrew CM, Morshed S, Kandemir U, Kelly MP. Multiple lower-extremity and pelvic fractures increase pulmonary embolus risk. Orthopedics. 2014 Jun; 37(6):e517-24.
  10. Pekmezci M, Rotter P, Toogood P, Morshed S, Kandemir U. Reexamination of pelvic inlet and outlet images using 3-dimensional computed tomography reconstructions. J Orthop Trauma. 2014 Jun; 28(6):324-9.
  11. Pekmezci M, McDonald E, Buckley J, Kandemir U. Retrograde intramedullary nails with distal screws locked to the nail have higher fatigue strength than locking plates in the treatment of supracondylar femoral fractures: A cadaver-based laboratory investigation. Bone Joint J. 2014 Jan; 96-B(1):114-21.
  12. Kandemir U, Maclean J. Surgical approaches for tibial plateau fractures. J Knee Surg. 2014 Feb; 27(1):21-9.
  13. Marmor M, Kandemir U, Matityahu A, Jergesen H, McClellan T, Morshed S. A method for detection of lateral malleolar malrotation using conventional fluoroscopy. J Orthop Trauma. 2013 Dec; 27(12):e281-4.
  14. Matityahu A, Marmor M, Elson JK, Lieber C, Rogalski G, Lin C, Belaye T, Miclau T, Kandemir U. Acute complications of patients with pelvic fractures after pelvic angiographic embolization. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Sep; 471(9):2906-11.
  15. Lin CA, Takemoto S, Kandemir U, Kuo AC. Mid-term outcomes in HIV-positive patients after primary total hip or knee arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2014 Feb; 29(2):277-82.
  16. Pekmezci M, Kandemir U, Toogood P, Morshed S. Are conventional inlet and outlet radiographs obsolete in the evaluation of pelvis fractures? J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Jun; 74(6):1510-5.
  17. Hansen EN, Manzano G, Kandemir U, Mok JM. Comparison of tissue oxygenation and compartment pressure following tibia fracture. Injury. 2013 Aug; 44(8):1076-80.
  18. Firoozabadi R, McDonald E, Nguyen TQ, Buckley JM, Kandemir U. Does plugging unused combination screw holes improve the fatigue life of fixation with locking plates in comminuted supracondylar fractures of the femur? J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2012 Feb; 94(2):241-8.
  19. Chu T, McDonald E, Tufaga M, Kandemir U, Buckley J, Ma CB. Comparison of completely knotless and hybrid double-row fixation systems: a biomechanical study. Arthroscopy. 2011 Apr; 27(4):479-85.
  20. Kandemir U, Allaire RB, Debski RE, Lee TQ, McMahon PJ. Quantification of rotator cuff tear geometry: the repair ratio as a guide for surgical repair in crescent and U-shaped tears. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2010 Mar; 130(3):369-73.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.