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.

Orthotics & Prosthetics

Welcome to the OTI Orthotics and Prosthetics Service

Finding a trusted, experienced, quality, state of the art orthotic and prosthetic patient care center is difficult, unless you already know about the UCSF Orthotic and Prosthetic Service. Our clinical staff evaluate, design, custom fit and manufacture all types of orthoses (braces) and prostheses (artifical limbs) to meet the needs of the individual patient. The clinical staff includes ABC certified practitioners recognized for their expertise, quality care, and reputation throughout California. Our Patient Care Centers are located adjacent to major medical centers, and we believe our locations are not only convenient, but create an efficient environment that directly impacts the quality of care.

Our administrative staff is highly skilled and experienced with the managed care procedures and we are contracted with most insurance companies. The patient’s experience, while at our care center, is of utmost importance to us and every member of our staff is dedicated to help make their visit a positive one.
We are at the leading edge of new technology and an integral participant in the rehabilitation team. The team combines physician, physical therapist and orthotist/prosthetist expertise to formulate a successful patient care plan.

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Clinical Team:

Aarti Deshpande, CPO

Clinical Manager
Aarti serves as the Clinical Manager of the UCSF Orthotic & Prosthetic Center at Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG) for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
She received her Bachelors of Science in Orthotics & Prosthetics from Mumbai University completing her residency at All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Mumbai, India in 2000. She then went to work for Endolite, a prosthetic clinic specializing in lower extremity prosthesis, growing the practice and serving patients throughout the western region of India. An opportunity with the leading Prosthetic & Orthotic service provider in the country brought her to the US when she accepted a position with Hanger Clinic in Ohio in 2006.
She has been serving as the Clinical Manager of UCSF O&P at ZSFG since May 2015 when she moved to California. Her primary goal is to provide optimum patient care through a facilitated rehabilitation process to improve and maximize the functional outcomes of patients. She is also interested in the education of patients and other rehabilitation practitioners to acquaint and familiarize them with the O&P profession. She plays an important role as a resident mentor with the University. She also volunteers with the American Board of Certification (ABC) in Orthotics & Prosthetics as a Prosthetic examiner.

Lynn Dunbar, CP
Lynn graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology and then went on to earn her post graduate certificate degree in prosthetics from UCLA. She completed her prosthetic residency at Stanford’s Rehabilitation Engineering Center and was ABC board certified in 1989. Lynn worked at Lucille Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford for ten years where she provided prosthetic care to children and their families. She later accepted a position with Hanger Clinic, one of the nation’s largest orthotics and prosthetics provider, in Tucson Arizona.  While there, she specialized in providing prostheses for the diabetic and the dysvascular patient population. She has presented nationally at meetings for the Association of Children’s Prosthetics – Orthotics Clinics. She has also volunteered her time and skills in Nogales, Mexico providing prosthetic care to people who would otherwise not have the means to obtain a prosthesis. Lynn joined the staff at UCSF- Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in July 2016, serving as a clinical prosthetist.
What Lynn finds most meaningful about her work, is to be able to improve the quality of life for her patients. She is a compassionate professional whose goal is to provide the absolute best care possible to each person. She enjoys working with everyone: children and their parents, teenagers, adults and seniors – because every individual has their own story and specific needs that have to be addressed for a successful outcome.

Alex Shimkus, CO

Board Eligible Prosthetist
Alex was born and raised in Seattle, WA where he received his Bachelors degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health from The University of Washington in 2011. He obtained his Masters of Science in Orthotics & Prosthetics at Eastern Michigan University, completing his clinical rotations with Hanger Clinic in Boulder, CO. He then went on to complete his residency at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS in 2016.
Alex aspires to live the most fulfilling life possible while recognizing and aiding in the desires of those who wish to do the same. He is interested in progressive, dynamic orthotic solutions and optimizing prosthetic care through the involvement of allied health care professionals. He has been a member of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists since 2012. 

Michael Mayes, MS, ATC, CFo
Michael joined the UCSF Orthotics and Prosthetics staff and UCSF PlaySafe athletic training staff in the Spring of 2015. Prior to his arrival at UCSF, Michael worked as the athletic trainer for Valley Christian High School-Dublin from 2014-2015. Michael received his Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Toledo, Ohio in 2014. While at Toledo, Michael worked as the graduate assistant athletic trainer from 2012-2014 with the women’s volleyball team and men’s tennis team. In 2012 Michael received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from San Jose State University in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training. Currently, through the UCSF PlaySafe program, Michael is the head athletic trainer at Mission High School. Michael became a certified orthotic fitter in April of 2016.
He holds interests in rehabilitation sciences, strength and conditioning, bodybuilding, recreational running, and rock climbing. When not outdoors he is spending time with his cat named Raziel.

Patients Resources Overview-

You are invited to: ‘HEART: Helping Empower Amputees thru Rehab and Teamwork’

INTRODUCING – A NEW Revolutionary Tutorial Video Series!

This novel video series will be available to ANYONE, ANYWHERE in the world as an educational resource for patients facing or with limb loss and their support team.

We will have a series of 6 videos total completed by January 2016.
Peri-Operative Planning and “What to Expect”
Introduction to your Prosthesis
How to Manage Set Backs

The first video Recovery, available to view now, profiles the patients of the
video series as they progress on their road to recovery and
premiered at the Bay Area Global Health Film Festival.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

A source for the latest legislation, educational, health care policy and research information related to orthopaedic surgery. The site includes the bylaws and position papers of the AAOS, and the latest federal and state laws enacted that pertain to the practice of orthopaedics and medicine.

American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons
The website provides a source of information for the latest trends in joint replacement surgery about the hip and knee.

American Society for Surgery of the Hand 
The mission of ASSH is to advance the science and practice of hand surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners.

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society 
The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society website has listings for orthopaedic surgery foot and ankle specialists.

Arthritis Foundation 
The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. The site reviews non-operative means of dealing with arthritis and provides available local resources.

Kids Health 
KidsHealth can provide you with lots of general information to help you better understand health issues for kids, teens and adults with kids.

A very high quality resource for consumers seeking health information. Has indepth new articles with reliable health information.

Medicine Net
Excellent resource for topical, easy-to-read health information that allows the consumer to stay informed on all aspects of health and medicine with articles written to educate.

Medscape is a free resource for Physicians, featuring Free CME (Continuing Medical Education), medical journal articles, MEDLINE, medical news, major conference coverage, and comprehensive drug information.

National Institutes of Health 
The official website for the NIH, the major governmental funding agency for peer-reviewed research in the United States, easy to use and navigate with an advanced search engine.

National Osteoporosis Foundation 
The website is a source for information on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, and provides patient information, including the latest news and research.

Orthopaedic Trauma Association 
The OTA is an educational and scientific society dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge and information regarding the care and treatment of injuries to the musculoskeletal system.

Orthopaedic Research Society 

The ORS is an organization dedicated to the advancement of orthopaedic research through education in research, advocacy for increasing resources for research, and increasing awareness of the importance of orthopaedic research.

Web MD Health 
WebMD has very good news articles by providing up-to-date information on current health news, has a library of interactive health tools, and is well known as a trustworthy site for the accuracy of its information.

Contact us by calling 1-415-20-ORTHO or click here for more information and read our patient testimonials.