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

Patient care is our focus. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and attention to patient’s specific needs. From our administrators to the practitioners, our goal is to provide the most effective and efficient device(s) for our patient’s particular need(s). We accomplish this by listening to the patient’s history and concerns and then precisely evaluating the whole patient for the prescribed device. With this evaluation and the physician’s prescription we can utilize our vast knowledge and experience to ensure that the patient receives the most appropriate device(s) for their individual need(s). We are experts at applying our education to making the patient’s life better whether it is a simple heel lift or a complex prosthesis.

Services at the Orthotic and Prosthetic Centers at UCSF

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Centers at UCSF offer a complete range of services. All of our Orthotists and or Prosthetists are American Board Certified, and are very experienced at providing orthotic and prosthetic treatment that is safe, fits well, has minimal weight, and maximizes function specifically designed for each patient. Practitioners have extensive training at treating patients living with: every level of amputation; plagiocephaly; polio; cerebral palsy; clubfoot; scoliosis; diabetes; fractures; pectus carinatum; spina bifida; spinal cord injury; sports injuries; and stroke.

Innovative orthotic treatments include the use of Stance Control KAFOs, Starband Cranial Helmets, and Walk-Aide technologies.

With a large inventory of off shelf braces, measurement and complete fitting of orthoses usually occurs in one visit. If the brace you require is not in our inventory, we can measure and deliver it very quickly, usually within a week. For most custom made braces, evaluations, measurements/castings, fabrication, and completed fittings are within two weeks after authorization or pre-approvals are obtained.

Prosthetically, we combine proven methods with new age technology to produce highly effective devices that allow our patients to accomplish their life goals.

We are pleased to provide consultations to physicians, therapists and other medical professionals regarding the more beneficial treatment plans available to their patients.


Orthotics (Greek: Ορθός, ortho, “to straighten” or “align”) is a specialty within the medical field concerned with the design, manufacture and application of orthoses. An orthosis (plural: orthoses) is “an externally applied device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal system”. An orthosis may be used to:

Control, guide, limit and/or immobilize an extremity, joint or body segment for a particular reason
To restrict movement in a given direction
To assist movement generally
To reduce weight bearingforces for a particular purpose
To aid rehabilitation from fractures after the removal of a cast
To otherwise correct the shape and/or function of the body, to provide easier movement capability or reduce pain
Orthotics combines knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, biomechanics and engineering. Patients benefiting from an orthosis may have a condition such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy, or have experienced a spinal cord injury or stroke. Equally, orthoses are sometimes used prophylactically or to optimise performance in sport.

In medicine, a prosthesis, (from Ancient Greek prósthesis, “addition, application, attachment”) is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part lost through trauma, disease, or congenital conditions.

Limb Prostheses include upper extremity and lower extremity prostheses. Upper extremity prostheses are used at varying levels of amputation: shoulder disarticulation, transhumeral, elbow disarticulation, transradial, wrist disarticulation, full hand, partial hand, finger, partial finger. Lower extremity prostheses are also used at varying levels of amputation. These include hip disarticulation, transfemoral, knee disarticulation, transtibial, symes, foot, partial foot, and toe. The type of prostheses needed will be designed and assembled according to the patient’s appearance and functional needs. For instance, a patient may need a transradial prosthesis, but need to choose between an aesthetic functional device, a myoelectric device, a body-powered device, or an activity specific device. Depending on the patient’s funding situation, she may have the option to choose more than one device.

O&P Centers & Appointment Information

For appointments or more information please call any of the specific sites and someone will route your call to the appropriate campus.

  • Orthopaedic Trauma Institute at
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • 2550 23rd Street, Building 9,
    Suite 119
  • San Francisco, CA 94110
  • 415-206-4387
  • Mission Bay
    Orthopaedic Institute
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • 1500 Owens Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94158
  • 415-353-7491
  • Parnassus Heights
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • 521 Parnassus Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94143
  • 415-476-1788