International Women’s Week at UCSF Honors our Orthopaedic Leaders, Commitment to Diversity


In the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 25 of our 87 faculty (29 percent) are represented by women  – a rising trend compared to the national average of 6.5 percent, a statistic recently tabulated by the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Source: AAOS).  

March 4, 2020 (SAN FRANCISCO) – The UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is pleased to announce a special celebration to honor the women of our Department during UCSF’s annual International Women’s Day, which will be recognized worldwide on Sunday, March 8. This year’s theme is #EachforEqual -- promoting the concept that an equal world is an enabled world.

“We are exceptionally proud of all the women in our Department – faculty, residents and all of our staff. Please take a moment to thank all of the women who are important in your work and your life. On behalf of the Department, a big thank you to all of the women who immeasurably enhance our collective success and make our department one of the best in the nation,” said Thomas P. Vail, MD, Chair of the Department.

“Today more than ever, we as a Department consciously and actively recognize the importance and impact of diversity in our community. Following the lead set by the University, our Department is working actively to promote diversity and equity,” Dr. Vail added.

Celebrating our female faculty and residents

Female members of our Department include: faculty (25), residents (11) and more than 250 staff members.

“I am honored to work with this phenomenal group of women who are tireless leaders and mentors, helping to inspire the future generation of women in orthopedics,” said Melissa Zimel, MD, who chairs the Department’s Diversity Committee.  “We are genuinely committed to narrowing the gender equity gap in our profession and serve as a model for other institutions.”

Faculty and residents include:

Christina Allen, MD, Sports Medicine

Tamara Alliston, PhD, Basic Science

Chelsea Bahney, PhD, Basic Science

Jeannie F. Bailey, PhD, Basic Science

Avionna Baldwin , MD (Resident)

Ravinder Brar, MD, MPH, Pediatric Orthopaedics

Krishna Chaganti, MD, MS, Arthritis & Joint Replacement

Cindy Chang, MD, Sports Medicine

Monica Coughlan, MD (Resident)

Celina De Borja, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedics

Karina Del Rosario, MD, Rehabilitation

Eliana Delgado, MD, MPH, Pediatric Orthopaedics

Leah Demetri, MD (Resident)

Sibel Deviren, MD, Spine

Monara Dini, DPM, Podiatry

Lori Drake, DPM, Podiatry

Arin Kim, MD (Resident)

Elly Laroque, MD, Sports Medicine

Tiffany Liu, MD (Resident)

Kristin Livingston, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedics

Laura Moore, MD, Ph.D (Resident)

Jennifer O'Donnell, MD (Resident)

Kirstina Olson, MD, Foot & Ankle

Lisa Pascual, MD, Rehabilitation

Heather Roberts, MD (Resident)

Erika Roddy, MD (Resident)

Caitlin Rugg, MD (Resident)

Coleen Sabatini, MD, MPH, Pediatric Orthopaedics

Aenor Sawyer, MD, Skeletal Health

Nicole Schroeder, MD, Hand, Elbow and Upper Extremity

Carlin Senter, MD, Sports Medicine

Sarah Stroud, MD (Resident)

Kristin Wingfield, MD, Sports Medicine

Rosanna Wustrack, MD, Orthopaedic Oncology

Patricia Zheng, MD, Spine

Melissa Zimel, MD, Orthopaedic Oncology

Celebrations on Campus

The University is holding several events this week to celebrate International Women’s Day on Parnassus, Mount Zion, Mission Bay and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland campuses.  For a complete listing of all events, which include invited speakers, career development workshops and networking opportunities, please visit the complete listing of events.

The Department will also be holding a staff celebration on both the Parnassus and Mission Bay campuses on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 10 AM to 12 PM.