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.



  • Mission Bay
    Orthopaedic Institute
  • 1500 Owens Street
    San Francisco, CA 94158
    Phone: 415-353-2808
Carlotta Cavazos, MPA, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Carlotta Cavazos, MPA, PA-C


Carlotta Cavazos joined the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute in 2007 after working as a Physician Assistant in internal medicine and urgent care. She works primarily with Dr. Thomas P. Vail, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. She received a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry & Cellular Biology and Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant she worked in medical research at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.


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