Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers services and programs through the following Divisions. Use these links to directly access all our Department sites.

Welcome to the Department of

Orthopaedic Surgery



  • San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • 4150 Clement Street
    San Francisco, CA 94121
    Phone: 415-221-4810
  • Mission Bay
    Orthopaedic Institute
  • 1500 Owens Street
    San Francisco, CA 94158
    Phone: 415-353-2808

Hubert Kim, MD, PhD

Hubert Kim, MD, PhD
James O. Johnston Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery


Hubert Kim graduated with Honors and with Distinction from Stanford University in 1986 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. He graduated from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1993, receiving both his MD degree and a PhD degree in Cancer Biology as a Howard Hughes Pre-doctoral fellow. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco in 1998.

Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Kim joined the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco and was appointed as a Staff Physician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. In 2001 he joined the practice at the San Francisco General Hospital Division of Orthopaedic Surgery as an Attending Physician specializing in joint replacement and adult reconstruction.

Dr. Kim's research focus is the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for secondary injury cascades that are set in motion after mechanical trauma. He is particularly interested in tissues that have a very limited capacity for healing and regeneration where preservation of existing cells and tissue may be of particular clinical significance. Specifically, he is investigating the mechanisms involved in programmed cell death following acute trauma involving articular cartilage and the spinal cord. His goal is to eventually apply lessons learned in the laboratory to the design of better treatments for patients.