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Welcome to UC San Diego Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

We are dedicated to empowering educators, researchers, and scholars in advancing the field of orthopedics. We take pride in cultivating a collaborative culture where multi-disciplinary experts converge at the peak of progress in musculoskeletal science and medicine to deliver:

  • Leading-edge training and education programs
  • Innovative and interdisciplinary research
  • Advanced adult musculoskeletal care at the only academic health system in San Diego

Welcome from the Chair

In the 2021 I was honored to be named the new chair of UC San Diego's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. It is my pleasure and privilege to work alongside an amazing community of doctors, researchers, and staff, as well as medical students, residents and fellows, as we continue advancing down a path of clinical and research innovations hand in hand with academic excellence.

letter from our chair
Susan Bukata, MD
Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery
and Department Chair

Department Executive Leadership

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Reid Abrams, MD
Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Division Chief of Hand and Microvascular Surgery

Dr. Susan Bukata

Susan Bukata, MD
Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery and Department Chair

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Scott Ball, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Vice Chair for Operations and Division Chief of Joint Reconstruction


Cheryl Correia, MA
Vice Chair for Administration

Dr. Samuel Ward

Samuel R. Ward, PT, PhD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Vice Chair for Innovation and Research


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