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.



  • San Francisco General Hospital
  • 2550 23rd Street
    Building 9, 2nd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    Phone: 415-206-8812
Zachary McCormick, MD
Assistant Professor
Zachary McCormick, MD


Zachary McCormick, MD is a double-board certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and in Pain Medicine. He focuses on alleviating pain and improving function and quality of life through non-operative spine and joint treatments. His philosophy is grounded in a multi-modal, comprehensive approach that is customized to each individual patient to help achieve his or her specific goals. Dr. McCormick grew up in Oakland California. He attended Haverford College in the Philadelphia area, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with high honors in Neuroscience. He completed his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was also an Agnew Surgical Society Fellow. Dr. McCormick completed internship and residency training in PM&R at Northwestern University/ The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, as well as a fellowship in Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine at Northwestern University. Following sub-specialty training, he joined the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. McCormick is an active researcher and member of the Academic Senate at UCSF. His work focuses on the clinical outcomes of minimally invasive techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of spine and joint pain, specifically radicular, discogenic, zygaphophyseal joint, sacroiliac joint, and knee joint pain. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed medical journal articles. Dr. McCormick has received research awards from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIH), the Spine Intervention Society, the Midwest Pain Society, and the Foundation of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. McCormick serves on the Board of Directors of the Spine Intervention Society (SIS), as well as the Society's Patient Safety Committee, Evidence Analysis Committee, and Education Division. His efforts at both UCSF and SIS focus strongly on educating and training physicians regarding the safe, appropriate, and effective treatment of pain disorders. He regularly lectures nationally on these topics as well as on his research.


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