Why Choose UC San Diego Health's Orthopedics and Sports Medicine?

As part of a prestigious university and medical school, our specialty trained orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists are on the leading edge of innovation, with access to the latest technological advances, diagnosis and treatment strategies.

Orthopedic Areas of Expertise

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UC San Diego Health is the only practice in San Diego with all orthopedic subspecialties represented to treat your muscles, bones and joints from head to toe. We bring you multiple experts and multiple services at multiple sites.

Training Tomorrows Surgeons and Sports Medicine Specialists

Our physicians are faculty at UC San Diego School of Medicine and must stay ahead of the game to train future physicians in the latest advances in patient assessment and treatment. As faculty, they work with young and exceptionally bright residents who continually challenge them to know the right answers and ask the right questions. Our partners in Family and Sports Medicine have trained doctors from around the country since 1991 in our nationally recognized sports medicine fellowship program.

Our physicians have access to the latest in imaging and technology including the latest in high definition low dose CT scanners with a 64 slice GE HD scanner at each location. UC San Diego Health has multiple high resolution ultrasound machines at each site and the latest in both 1.5 and 3 Tesla MRI. These technologies offer a combination of high image quality to allow for a more accurate diagnosis and effective treatment approaches, as well as the potential for dose reduction for each patient.

Research and Clinical Trials

UC San Diego Health’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is unique in the U.S. in that it has its own basic science faculty. These scientists study clinical problems such as back pain, muscle injury, arthritis, disc degeneration and the effects of transfer, exercise, cerebral palsy, obesity and musculoskeletal conditions using a variety of state-of-the-art tools. The laboratory, located in a new building adjacent to the UC San Diego campus, is a self-contained scientific enterprise with tools ranging from gene-cloning to micro computed tomography. Nearly every scientist on our faculty has won the highest awards in research from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. See Research and Clinical Trials.

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