Close collaboration between operative and non-operative providers is important in providing patients access to the most appropriate care for their specific condition. Many spinal disorders may be treated effectively with physical therapy exercises, behavioral and occupational therapy, injections, and medications. Other spinal disorders, such as symptomatic nerve compression, progressive spinal deformity, or conditions causing spinal instability, may be more effectively managed by early access to operative care.
We are one of the largest centers of its kind in the country, treating 10,000 patients a year. The center brings together world-renowned specialists in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, neurology, physiatry and other specialties to design the most effective treatment for your condition. Our multi-disciplinary team includes orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, cancer specialists, physiatrists, radiologists, rheumatologists, nurses, physical therapists, and pain specialists.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation -- also known as physiatry -- is a branch of medicine which aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities. By using physical therapy, exercise and pain management, physiatry has helped many people who suffer from injuries and chronic/acute pain to return to fully functioning lives.
- Dr. Alekos Theologis, M.D.
- Dr. Sigurd Berven, M.D.
- Dr. Shane Burch, M.D.
- Dr. Alan Dang, M.D.
- Dr. Sibel Demir-Deviren, M.D.
- Dr. Vedat Deviren, M.D.
- Dr. Mohammad Diab, M.D.
- Dr. R. Trigg McClellan, M.D.
- Dr. Lionel Metz, M.D.
- Dr. Masato Nagao, M.D., Ph.D.
- Dr. Conor O’Neill, M.D.
- Dr. Lyndly Tamura, M.D.
- Dr. Bobby Tay, M.D.
- Dr. Peter I-Kung Wu, MD, PhD
- Dr. Mark Xu, MD
- Dr. Patricia Zheng, M.D.
UCSF Parnassus Heights Spine Center
400 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143
UCSF Orthopaedic Institute
Mission Bay Campus
1500 Owens Street San Francisco, CA 94158
UCSF Marin Clinic Spinal Disorders
1100 South Eliseo Drive Ste. #1
Greenbrae, CA 94904
Condition treated include:
- Disc Herniation
- Spinal Cord Tumor
- Spine Deformities
- Spine Trauma
Services Services offered include:
- Minimally invasive cervical and lumbar techniques
- Motion-sparing surgery, such as artificial disc replacement
- Complex revision spine surgery
- Innovative surgical techniques for spinal tumors
- Computerized 3-dimensional surgery
- Non-invasive radiosurgery with the Cyberknife
New treatments and opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials to test these new therapies
We also offer a Spine Tumor Board, which every month reviews challenging spinal tumor cases and a Rapid Case Review service for urgent conditions that can’t wait for the monthly tumor board.
Our patients have access to the most up-to-date imaging technologies to diagnose spinal disorders. They also have access to innovative treatments, such as the lateral paramedian transpedicular technique, a procedure developed by an expert at UCSF and not widely available elsewhere.
At the UCSF Spine Center, we pride ourselves in providing the finest treatment available for spinal conditions.
In order to continually provide this high level of care, our surgeons actively engage in research so that they can further their knowledge of the most effective surgical techniques, factors that influence the course of spinal disorders and their treatment, and the impact that various treatments for spinal conditions have on the lives of their patients.
One key factor that our doctors focus on is the end result, or outcomes, of specific treatments. These outcomes typically take into account the perspective of the patient and focus on practical things that are important to our patients, such as increased function and decreased pain.