Areas of Expertise

With a clinical faculty of over 20 orthopedic surgeons, UC San Diego Health System’s success in effectively treating a wide variety of orthopedic conditions is due in part to each team member’s high level of specialization. Read about our areas of expertise through the links below.

bulletFoot and Ankle

Foot and Ankle

We provide specialized treatment for foot and ankle injuries and disorders. These include cartilage and tendon injuries, arthritis, osteoarthritis, fractures, sports-related injuries and other foot pain.

bulletHand and Upper Extremity

Hand X-ray

For the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of hand, wrist, elbow, arm and shoulder problems, UC San Diego Health System offers the most comprehensive treatment options in Southern California.

bulletJoint Care and Replacement

X-Ray of Hip JointThe Center for Joint Care is the one place in San Diego where patients with degenerative joint disease, such as arthritis or pre-arthritic conditions, can receive advanced comprehensive joint care.

bulletOrthopedic Oncology

Blood Cells

Our orthopedic oncologist specializes in the treatment of bone and soft tissue tumors. She works with a multidisciplinary team that includes medical oncologists, surgical pathologists and orthopedic radiologists at Moores Cancer Center - one of the nation’s top centers for cancer management.

bulletOrthopedic Trauma

Joint X-ray

Our orthopedic trauma specialists treat patients who have sustained musculoskeletal injuries such as fractures, ligament or tendon tears and joint dislocations. We work collaboratively with neurosurgeons, urologists, vascular and plastic surgeons to address the comprehensive medical needs of people who have experienced traumatic injuries.

bulletPediatric Orthopedics

Child in Tree

UC San Diego Health System’s pediatric orthopedics program at Rady Children's Hospital is ranked in the top five in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Our pediatric orthopedics program is also the largest in California.

bulletPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Rehab Patient

Using nonoperative therapeutic methods, physical medicine specialists (physiatrists) treat musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, pain, repetitive stress injuries, and acute and chronic conditions. By tailoring physical therapy programs to patients' specific conditions, our physiatrists address a variety of injuries, with particular expertise in conditions affecting the back and neck.


Spine Model

Our spine specialists are leaders in the care and treatment of back and neck pain and all types of spine disorders. UC San Diego Health System is a hub of spine health research, where specialists are continually developing new surgical and nonsurgical procedures, technologies and minimally invasive treatments to effectively treat spinal conditions.

bulletSports Medicine


UC San Diego Health System’s sports medicine specialists understand the urgency to put injuries behind you and get back to doing what you love. Our team is on the leading-edge of innovation, with access to the latest technological advances, diagnostic techniques and treatment strategies.