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.



  • Orthopaedic Trauma Institute
  • 2550 23rd Street
    Building 9, 2nd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    Phone: 415-206-8812
Harry Jergesen MD
Emeritus Clinical Professor
Harry Jergesen MD


Dr. Harry E. Jergesen's interests include adult reconstructive surgery and hip and knee replacement. His research has focused on osteonecrosis (death of bone tissue) of the hip and on stimulating bone growth in the body (osteoinduction) by demineralized bone matrix. Jergesen graduated from Harvard College in 1968 and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1972. He completed two years of general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a residency in orthopedic surgery in the Combined Harvard Orthopedic Residency Program. He was chief resident at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. In 1978, he was appointed assistant director of Rehabilitation Engineering Research and Development at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he served as chief of Orthopedic Surgery from 1998 to 2007. In addition to his prior work at the Veterans Hospital, Dr. Jergesen served as an attending arthroplasty surgeon at UCSF until February of 2013. In 2007, he joined the staff of he Orthopaedic Trauma Institute at San Francisco General Hospital where he focused on arthroplasty care.  

Since 2004, a major focus in Dr. Jergesen's clinical work has been in the area of overseas healthcare. Besides working in Central and South America, he has traveled yearly from 2008-2012 to provide clinical care and to perform public health research at the Bedford Orthopaedic Hospital in Mthatha, South Africa. His current academic focus is on arthroplasty care in US safety net hospitals. He is active in the orthopaedic section of the UCSF Global Health Sciences Program, and serves on the Board of Directors of Orthopaedics Overseas.

The Jergesen Endowment Fund was started by Dr. Jergesen's family to ensure that residents and students would have access to global orthopaedic education and research.
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