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.



  • Parnassus Heights
  • 400 Parnassus Avenue
    Level B1, Room A096
    San Francisco, CA 94143
    Phone: 415-476-1788
Darrell Christensen CO
Darrell Christensen CO


Mr. Christensen received his undergraduate degree at the University of California Berkley in Physiology followed by his Masters of Science from Stanford University, Physical Therapy. Being closely associated with Orthotics, he decided a career in the profession was desirable and he attended courses at UCLA and Northwestern on his way to becoming a Certified Orthotist. Darrell has been practicing at UCSF since 1982 and has vast areas of experience; scoliosis, spinal trauma, pediatric orthotics, cranial remolding, post polio syndrome, to name a few. He serves as the Orthotic Residency trainer for the NCOPE residency training program. He teaches in the graduate curriculum of physical therapy at UCSF and has given many papers at National professional meetings. His current research project involves the use of magnets to correct Pectus Excavatum deformity. Special Interests

  • Spinal Orthotics
  • Cranial OrthoticsPost-Polio SyndromePediatric Orthotics


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