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.

Sports Medicine


Sports Medicine Clinical Research

The UCSF Sports Medicine Clinical Research Group is a multidisciplinary research group dedicated to evaluating the outcomes of surgical and non-surgical treatments of shoulder, knee, and hip problems.  The Sports Medicine research group is located at the Orthopaedic Institute at Mission Bay.  The investigators perform research on prevalent disabling conditions such as rotator cuff tears, shoulder arthritis, ACL injuries, and running injuries.  The methodologies include health policy analysis, clinical trials, cohort and case control studies, systematic reviews, and radiographic analyses.  Research is performed by a group of physicians, scientists, residents, medical students, and undergraduate students.

Research performed has been presented at national and international meetings including the 2011 and 2012 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting, and published in many peer-reviewed journals.


Recent published clinical studies from the UCSF Sports Medicine group include:

  • Evaluation of the cost effectiveness of hip arthroscopy for labral tears and early hip arthritis.
  • An assessment of patient factors that relate to graft choice for ACL surgery.
  • Treatment of clavicle fractures
  • Operative and non-operative treatment of proximal humerus fractures.
Current clinical studies include:
  • Prospective and retrospective outcomes of shoulder replacements
  • Evaluation of outcomes following reverse shoulder replacement
  • Evaluation of gait in runners
  • Outcomes of rotator cuff tear surgery
  • Outcomes of clavicle fractures
For more information regarding clinical studies, please contact us at


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