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Dr. Harry E. Jergesen's interests include reconstructive surgery and hip and knee replacement. His research has focused on osteonecrosis (death of bone tissue) of the hip and on stimulating bone growth in the body (osteoinduction) by demineralized bone matrix.
Jergesen graduated from Harvard College in 1968 and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1972. He completed two years of general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a residency in orthopedic surgery in the Combined Harvard Orthopedic Residency Program. He was chief resident at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. In 1978, he was appointed assistant director of Rehabilitation Engineering Research and Development at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he served as chief of Orthopedic Surgery from 1998 to 2007. In addition to his prior work at the Veterans Hospital, Dr. Jergesen served as an attending arthroplasty surgeon at UCSF until February of 2013. He now specializes in surgery of the hip and knee at San Francisco General Hospital.
Since 2004, a major focus in Dr. Jergesen's clinical work has been in the area of overseas healthcare. Besides working in Central and South America, he has traveled yearly to provide clinical care and perform public health research at the Bedford Orthopaedic Hospital in Mthatha, South Africa. He is active in the orthopaedic section of the UCSF Global Health Sciences Program, and serves on the Board of Directors of Orthopaedics Overseas.
CareerDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
- 1978 - 1981 Clinical Instructor
- 1981 - 1984 Assistant Clinical Professor
- 1984 - 1992 Assistant Professor in Residence
- 1992 - 1998 Associate Professor
- 1998 - Present Clinical Professor
- 1978 - 1982 Assistant Director, Rehab Engineering Research & Development Program
- 1978 - 2007 Attending Physician
- 1991 - 1997 Vice-Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery
- 1998 - 2007 Acting Chief and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery
- 2007-Present Attending Surgeon
- 2006-Present Co-Director, Institute of Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology
- 1968: AB, Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass.
- 1972: MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.
- 1972 - 1973: General Surgery Internship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass.
- 1973 - 1974: General Surgery Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass.
- 1975 - 1977: Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency, Boston, Mass.
- 1978: Orthopaedic Surgery Chief Residency and Fellowship, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.
- Co-Principal Investigator. Decompression Coring vs. Conservative Therapy for Avascular Necrosis of the Hip in Sickle Cell Disease. (Principal Investigator: Elliott Vichinsky, MD) I served as the Orthopaedic Director of a multi-center prospective study evaluating surgical treatment of symptomatic patients with sickle cell-associated osteonecrosis of the hip. Involves developing a standardized surgical protocol, composing evaluation forms, and establishing protocols for specialized handling of retrieved surgical specimens. Funded by NIH 1998-2006
- Principle Investigator: Use of the Athymic Rat Subcutaneous Pouch Model in the Study of Repair Mechanisms in Human Osteonecrotic Bone. This project, which I designed and carried out at the SF VAMC, was a pilot study to establish an animal model to elucidate the effects of growth factors on the recruitment of osteoprogenitor cells in the presence of diseased human bone. Funded through departmental grants. 2002-2005
- Co-Principal Investigator and Faculty Advisor: Closed Intermittent Suction-Irrigation Tube Treatment of Musculoskeletal Infections. This was a retrospective clinical review of patients treated for bone and joint infections. Carried out in collaboration with Dr. Kimberly Workman, a resident in Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF. Departmental Funding 2002-2006
- Co-Principal Investigator and Faculty Advisor: Electronic Prosthetic Templating in Hip Replacement Surgery: A New Templating Technique Utilizing Digital Radiographic Images. PI: Robert Detch, M.D., UCSF Orthopaedic Resident, UCSF Departmental funding. 2003-2007
- Co-Principle Investigator and Faculty Advisor: Assessment of Pre-Hospital Care in Orthopaedic Trauma in a Public Hospital In Sub-Saharan Africa. PI: Edward Aluede, 1st year Medical Student, UCSF 2007-2008 PI: Monica Grova, 1st year Medical Student, UCSF 2008-2009. Funded under the auspices of the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology and the Office of the Dean, UCSF. 2007-2010
- Co-Principle Investigator and Faculty Advisor: Comparative Mechanical Performance Analysis of Dynamic Compression Plates From Developing World Manufacturers. Co-PIs: Shearer, David; Penoyar, Thomas; Aluede, Edward; Calvert, Kayla. Funded by the AO Synthes Foundation. 2010-12
- Jergesen HE, Khan AS: The natural history of untreated asymptomatic hips in non-traumatic osteonecrosis. JBJS 79A:359-63, 1997
- Ries, M.D. and Jergesen, H.E.: An inexpensive molding method for antibiotic-impregnated cement spacers in infected total hip arthroplasty. J. Arthroplasty, 14(6):764-5, 1999
- Ries, M.D., Barcohana, B., Davidson, A., Jergesen, H.E., Paiement G.D.: Association Between Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head. J. Arthroplasty, 17:135-139, 2002
- Jergesen, H.E. and Karlan, J.W.: Clinical Outcome in Hip Arthroplasty Using a Cemented Titanium Femoral Prosthesis. J. Arthroplasty, 17:592-599, 2002
- Aguilar, C.M., Neumayr, L.D., Eggleston, B. ED., Earles, A. N., Robertson, S.H., Jergesen, H.E., Stulberg, B.N., Mazor, M.B., and Vichinsky, E.P., Clinical Evaluation of Avascular Necrosis in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease: Children's Hospital Oakland Hip Evauation Score- A Modification of the Harris Hip Score, Arch Phys Med Rehabil. , Jul;86(7):1369-75, 2005
- Phillips, J., Jergesen, H., Caldwell, A., and Coughlin, R., IGOT-The Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology -A Model for Collaboration and Change, Techniques in Orthopaedics, 24:305-308, 2009
- Jergesen, H. Oloruntoba, D., Aluede, E., Grova, M., Phillips, J., and Caldwell, A., An Analysis of Out-Patient Trauma Referrals in a Sub-Saharan African Orthopaedic Center , W. Journal Surg., 35.956, 2011
- Pui, C.M. and Jergesen, H.E., Femoral Involvement by Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis FollowingTotal Hip Arthroplasty: A Case Report, J Bone Joint Surg Am, 93: e98 (1-6), 2011
- Aluede, E.E, Phillips, J., Bleyer, J., Jergesen, H.E., and Richard Coughlin, R.R., Representation of developing Countries in Orthopaedic Journals: A Survey of Four Influential Orthopaedic Journals, Clin Ortho Rel Res, 470: 2313-2318, 2012
Grants and Awards
- 1965, Harvard College Scholarship
- 1968, Harvard College A.B. cum laude
- 1972, Honor Medical Society, Harvard Medical School Chapter of Alpha Omega
- 1998, Department of Veteran's Affairs Service Award
- 1999, Compassionate Physician Award, UCSF Orthopaedic Residency Program
- 2002, James O. Johnston Teaching Award, UCSF Orthopaedic Residency Program
- 2003, Department of Veteran’s Affairs Service Award
- 2008, Compassionate Physician Award, UCSF Orthopaedic Residency Program
Membership & Committees
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- American Orthopaedic Association
- Association of VA Orthopaedic Surgeons
- California Medical Association
- California Orthopaedic Association
- LeRoy C. Abbott Orthopaedic Society
- San Francisco Medical Society
- Western Orthopaedic Association
- Wilson Bost Interurban Orthopaedic Club
- Health Volunteers Overseas
- Board of Directors, Orthopaedics Overseas