UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery appoints Nirav Pandya MD, as Section Chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics

Dr. Nirav Pandya will lead the Pediatric Orthopaedics Division of the Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF. (Photo:  UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery)

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 29, 2019) – Nirav K. Pandya MD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist within the UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, has been named Section Chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics.

“Dr. Pandya’s diverse background in pediatric orthopaedics, and his deep commitment to diversity and serving under-represented populations will add great depth to leading his team,” said Thomas P. Vail MD, chair of the Department. “The Department congratulates him on taking this new leadership role.”

“I look forward to continuing to grow a robust pediatric orthopedic surgery program that combines the resources of the East and West Bay,” Dr. Pandya said.  “We have the next generation of academic and clinical leaders in our practice who I am excited to mentor as we establish ourselves nationally.”

About Dr. Pandya

Dr. Nirav Pandya joined the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2012. His areas of interest include sports medicine, arthroscopy, and pediatric trauma as well as general pediatric orthopaedics.

Originally from Chicago, Dr. Pandya received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, where he was a member of the track and field team and remains one of the top 10 triple jumpers in the school’s history. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego before joining UCSF.

Dr. Pandya serves as an attending orthopaedic surgeon at both UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and the UCSF Orthopedic Institute in San Francisco. Within the East Bay, he is the medical director of The Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes, and the tissue bank director of the Walnut Creek Satellite Clinic and Surgical Center.  On a yearly basis, he performs more than 350 surgeries and sees several thousand patients in clinic.

"Dr. Pandya has developed the premiere Pediatric Sports program in Northern California,” said Mohammad Diab MD, who served as the section chief and is now taking a new leadership role as Vice Chair of Pediatric Clinical Operations for the Department.  "His reputation for clinical excellence and impactful research has raised the profile of our Service and UCSF nationally.”

Dedicated to working with young athletes, Dr. Pandya volunteers as a team physician at several area high schools in the East Bay through the Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes, as well as in San Francisco through the PlaySafe program.  In addition, he has developed a partnership with Soccer Without Borders to provide volunteer medical care for refugees and immigrant children.

Dr. Pandya’s research focuses on clinical outcomes in pediatric orthopaedic surgery for which he has developed prediction models for pediatric trauma, child abuse, adolescent hip disorders, and sports medicine.  He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and multiple book chapters, and speaks regularly at national conferences.


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