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- Arthroplasty/Joint Replacement
- Basic Research
- Foot & Ankle
- Intervertebral Disc
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Orthopaedic Oncology
- Orthotics & Prosthetics
- Skeletal Health
- Sports Medicine
- Stem Cells
- Surgical Navigation/Robotics
- Trauma & Problem Fractures
Dr. Bobby K-B Tay is based at the Spine Center at UCSF, a collaborative effort with the Department of Neurosurgery. The Spine Center creates a combined service which optimizes treatment of degenerative disorders of the spine, spinal trauma, tumors and infections of the spine.
His clinical interests include degenerative diseases of the cervical and lumbar spine, as well as tumor and fracture work. He has a particularly signficant expertise in minimally invasive surgery of the spine.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Tay earned his medical degree at the UCSF School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at UCSF and then completed a fellowship in spinal surgery at the University of Miami Hospital in Florida.
- 2000-Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
- 1985-1989: BA, Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley, CA
- 1989-1993: MD, University of California, San Francisco, CA
- 1993-1999: Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, University of California, San Francisco
- 1999-2000: Spine Fellowship, Frank J. Eismont, M.D., Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Miami, Florida
- Kinetic Analysis of the Prodisc-C cervical disk replacement
- Morphologic and Biomechanical Characterization of Calcaneal Grafts for Spinal Applications
- Evaluation of the Mechanisms of Spinal Cord Injury: a Mouse Model
- The Role of Nitrous Oxide in Distraction Osteogenesis
- Virtual Fluoroscopy vs. Conventional C-Arm Guided Sacroiliac Screw Placement; An Evaluation of Radiation Exposure, Surgical Time, and Accuracy in Cadaveric Pelves.
- Gould SE, Rhee JM, Tay BK, Otsuka NY, Bradford DS. (2000). "Cellular contribution of bone graft to fusion." J Orthop Res 18(6): 920-7.
- Tindel NL, Marcillo AE, Tay BK, Bunge RP, Eismont FJ. (2001). "The effect of surgically implanted bullet fragments on the spinal cord in a rabbit model." J Bone Joint Surg Am 83-A(6): 884-90.
- Berven S, Tay BK, Kleinstueck FS, Bradford DS. (2001). "Clinical applications of bone graft substitutes in spine surgery: consideration of mineralized and demineralized preparations and growth factor supplementation." Eur Spine J 10 Suppl 2: S169-77.
- Tay BK, Deckey J, Hu SS. (2002). "Spinal infections." J Am Acad Orthop Surg 10(3): 188-97.
- Tay BK and Berven S. (2002). "Indications, techniques, and complications of lumbar interbody fusion." Semin Neurol 22(2): 221-30.
- Berven S, Tay BK, Colman W, Hu, SS. (2002). "The lumbar zygapophyseal (facet) joints: a role in the pathogenesis of spinal pain syndromes and degenerative spondylolisthesis." Semin Neurol 22(2): 187-96.
- O'Neill, C. W., J. J. Liu, Leibenberg E, Hu SS, Deviren V, Tay BK, Chin CT, Lotz JC. (2004). "Percutaneous plasma decompression alters cytokine expression in injured porcine intervertebral discs." Spine J 4(1): 88-98.
- Puttlitz CM, Rousseau MA, Xu Z, Hu S, Tay BK, Lotz JC. (2004). ?Intervertebral disc replacement maintains cervical spine kinetics.? Spine 29(24): 2809-14
- Chi JH, Ames CP, Tay B (2005) ?General considerations for Cervical Arthroplasty with Technique for Prodisc-C.? Neurosurgery Clinics of North America 16(4): 609-619.
- Murray MT and Tay, BK, ?Natural History of Cervical Myelopathy.? European Spine Journal 2005
- Primary Spinal Tumors, Frank J. Eismont, MD and Bobby Tay, MD?chapter in Principles and Practice of Spine Surgery , Editors: Alexander Vaccaro MD, Randal Betz MD, Seth Zeidman. Saunders, 2002.
- Cervical Fractures and Dislocations, Orthopaedic Knowledge Update Spine 2nd edition, Bobby K-B Tay and Frank J. Eismont, 2002.
- Physical Examination: ASIA Neurologic Examination and Spinal Cord Injury Syndromes, Bobby K-B Tay, MD, Frank J. Eismont MD. Chapter in Fractures of the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine, Editor: Alexander Vaccaro. Publisher Marcel Dekker. 2003
- Orthopaedics, Current Surgical Diagnosis and Treatment, Edited by Lawrence Way, MD, Lippincott, Williams, Wilkins, 2003.
- Disorders, Diseases, & Injuries of the Spine, in Current Orthopaedic Diagnosis and Treatment, edited by Harry Skinner, MD Ph.D. Authors: Serena S. Hu, MD, Bobby K-B Tay, MD, Clifford B. Tribus, MD, George Carlson, MD. Lippincott, Williams, Wilkins, 2003
- Adult Spinal Deformity, edited by Alexander Vaccaro. Author Bobby Tay MD, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005
- Traumatic injuries of the Upper Cervical Spine, Chapter in Rothman and Simeone the Spine, Editors Herkowitz, Eismont, 2006
- Osteoinductive Growth Factors and Spinal Fusion: The role of GDF-5: Bobby K-B Tay, MD, Sigurd Berven MD, and David S. Bradford, MD Editor Corbin, Chapter 7C
- Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion, MIS Symposium, Instructor, Cadaver Lab, San Diego, California July 2005
- When is Surgery Effective for Cervical Pain Syndromes, Diagnosis and Treatment of Painful Spinal Disorders, State of the Art, San Francisco, California April 2005
- Evaluation and Treatment of Cervical Spinal Disorders, Guest Lecture American Association of Physical Therapy, July 2005
- Use of THUMS and Post-operative Spinal Epidural Hematoma: Management and Neurological Outcome. Ganesh Swamy, MD, Bobby Tay, MD, Jose Cavanilles Walker MD, Serena Hu MD, Sigurd Berven MD, David Bradford MD, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. North American Spine Society, October 2005
- Cervical Laminoplasty, Spinal Disorders Symposium, San Diego, California. April 2005
- Evaluation and Treatment of Spinal Trauma, UCSF Orthopaedic Basic Science Lecture Series. San Francisco, California. 2005
Grants and Awards
- Julius R. Krevans Award for Clinical Excellence, 1994.
- Drexler Research Fellowship, UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1997.
- LeRoy C. Abbott Resident Research Award, 1997.
Membership & Committees
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- American Medical Association
- AO Spine North America
- California Transplant Donor Network, Member, Board of Directors
- LeRoy C. Abbott Society
- Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, Associate Member, Acad. Board of Trustees
- North American Spine Society (NASS)
- Scoliosis Association Inc.