Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Welcome to the Department of

Orthopaedic Surgery



  • Orthopaedic Trauma Institute
  • 2550 23rd Street
    Building 9, 2nd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    Phone: 415-206-8812

Theodore Miclau, MD


Ted Miclau was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale College in 1984 and received his medical degree from Yale School of Medicine in 1988. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994. During his residency, he spent nearly one year at the world-renowned AO Research Institute in Davos, Switzerland studying fracture healing. The work resulted in two separate research awards given by the American Orthopaedic Association. After finishing an orthopaedic trauma fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1995, he was awarded the AO-Jack McDaniel fellowship, given to one U.S. orthopaedic residency graduate per year with an interest in orthopaedic trauma. During this fellowship, Dr. Miclau studied for several months in three prominent trauma centers in Europe: St. Gallen, Switzerland; Hannover, Germany; and Berlin, Germany.

In 1996, Dr. Miclau joined the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) as an orthopaedic traumatologist at the San Francisco General Hospital, (SFGH). In 2000, he received a five-year Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of angiogenesis in fracture repair. This was the first such award given to an orthopaedic surgeon in a decade. He also received the first-ever Career Development award from the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation. In 2001, Dr. Miclau received tenure at UCSF. Dr. Miclau was also the recipient of two prestigious traveling fellowships given by the American Orthopaedic Association to a handful of promising young academic orthopaedic surgeons: the North American Traveling Fellowship (1997; five-week tour of medical centers throughout the U.S. and Canada) and the American British Canadian Traveling Fellowship (2001; six-week tour of medical centers throughout the U.K. and South Africa).

In 2002, Dr. Miclau became the Acting Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at SFGH, and subsequently became the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at SFGH in 2004. He was named Vice Chairman and Director of Orthopaedic Trauma of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF in 2003 and served as the Acting Chairman of the UCSF/SFGH Department of Orthopaedic Surgery from 2005-2007. Dr. Miclau serves on many local and national committees, and editorial and grant-review panels. He is currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), Orthopaedic Research Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is the third vice president of the Orthopaedic Research Society. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Orthopaedic Trauma, where he was a founding member, and the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. He is the Chair of the Leadership Development Committee for the American Orthopaedic Association and the OTA Basic Science Committee, and is past chair of the Research Committee of the OTA. He is the course chair for the Annual UCSF Orthopaedic Trauma conference, as well as the OTA's Basic Science Focus Forum. He has published over 85 research papers and 10 book chapters. He is an internationally recognized expert on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of bone regeneration and repair, locally applied antibiotics, and minimally-invasive fracture surgery. Over the past year, Dr. Miclau has been invited to conferences in Havana, Cuba; Nice, France; and Asuncion, Paraguay, and to participate in a Department of Defense musculoskeletal summit in Washington, DC.