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Bobby Tay, MD

TitleProfessor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentOrthopaedic Surgery
Address500 Parnassus Avenue, MU
San Francisco CA 94143
Phone415-353-2216
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    University of California, San FranciscoM.D.1993 Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco Residency School of Medicine

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    Dr. Bobby KB Tay is based at the UCSF Medical Center on Parnassus Avenue. His clinical focus is the treatment of cervical spine disorders and minimally invasive spinal surgery. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive cervical surgery, cervical disc herniation’s, and spinal stenosis, cervical disc replacement, and complex cervical reconstruction for both decompressions of the spinal cord and realignment of the spinal column.

    Dr. Tay was the principal investigator of the multicenter clinical trial on the Prodisc-c cervical disc replacement and also has one of the largest clinical experiences with endoscopic cervical decompression, both of which are used to potentially minimize or eliminate the need for spinal fusion. He enjoys both the conservative and operative management of cervical disorders and works with the best physiatrists and physical therapists in the region. In addition to cervical disorders, Dr. Tay also treats both degenerative disorders of the lumbar spine, spinal deformity, and spinal trauma


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    1. Keefe MK, Zygourakis CC, Theologis AA, Canepa E, Shaw JD, Goldman LH, Burch S, Berven S, Chou D, Tay B, Mummaneni P, Deviren V, Ames CP. Sexual function after cervical spine surgery: Independent predictors of functional impairment. J Clin Neurosci. 2016 Nov 4. PMID: 27825608.
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    2. Sing DC, Barry JJ, Aguilar TU, Theologis AA, Patterson JT, Tay BK, Vail TP, Hansen EN. Prior Lumbar Spinal Arthrodesis Increases Risk of Prosthetic-Related Complication in Total Hip Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2016 Sep; 31(9 Suppl):227-232.e1. PMID: 27444852.
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    3. Theologis AA, Miller L, Callahan M, Lau D, Zygourakis C, Scheer JK, Burch S, Pekmezci M, Chou D, Tay B, Mummaneni P, Berven S, Deviren V, Ames CP. The Economic Impact of Revision Surgery for Proximal Junctional Failure after Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: A Cost Analysis of 57 Operations in A 10-Year Experience at a Major Deformity Center. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Feb 18. PMID: 26909838.
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    4. Winkler EA, Rowland NC, Yue JK, Birk H, Ozpinar A, Tay B, Ames CP, Mummaneni PV, El-Sayed IH. A Tunneled Subcricoid Approach for Anterior Cervical Spine Reoperation: Technical and Safety Results. World Neurosurg. 2016 Feb; 86:328-35. PMID: 26409079.
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    5. Sing DC, Feeley BT, Tay B, Vail TP, Zhang AL. Age-Related Trends in Hip Arthroscopy: A Large Cross-Sectional Analysis. Arthroscopy. 2015 Dec; 31(12):2307-2313.e2. PMID: 26194938.
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    6. Zhang AL, Theologis AA, Tay B, Feeley BT. The association between cervical spine pathology and rotator cuff dysfunction. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2015 May; 28(4):E206-11. PMID: 25393668.
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    7. Fujimori T, Le H, Hu SS, Chin C, Pekmezci M, Schairer W, Tay BK, Hamasaki T, Yoshikawa H, Iwasaki M. Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament of the cervical spine in 3161 patients: a CT-based study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Apr 1; 40(7):E394-403. PMID: 25811134.
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    8. Theologis AA, Tabaraee E, Funao H, Smith JS, Burch S, Tay B, Kebaish K, Deviren V, Ames C. Three-column osteotomies of the lower cervical and upper thoracic spine: comparison of early outcomes, radiographic parameters, and peri-operative complications in 48 patients. Eur Spine J. 2015 Jan; 24 Suppl 1:S23-30. PMID: 25394862.
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    9. Schairer WW, Carrer A, Sing DC, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Hu SS, Berven SH, Burch S, Tay B, Deviren V, Ames C. Hospital readmission rates after surgical treatment of primary and metastatic tumors of the spine. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Oct 1; 39(21):1801-8. PMID: 25029220.
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    10. Fujimori T, Inoue S, Le H, Schairer WW, Berven SH, Tay BK, Deviren V, Burch S, Iwasaki M, Hu SS. Long fusion from sacrum to thoracic spine for adult spinal deformity with sagittal imbalance: upper versus lower thoracic spine as site of upper instrumented vertebra. Neurosurg Focus. 2014 May; 36(5):E9. PMID: 24785491.
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    11. Abdul-Jabbar A, Berven SH, Hu SS, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Takemoto S, Ames C, Deviren V, Tay B, Weinstein P, Burch S, Liu C. Surgical site infections in spine surgery: identification of microbiologic and surgical characteristics in 239 cases. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Oct 15; 38(22):E1425-31. PMID: 23873240.
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    12. Schairer WW, Carrer A, Deviren V, Hu SS, Takemoto S, Mummaneni P, Chou D, Ames C, Burch S, Tay B, Sawyer A, Berven SH. Hospital readmission after spine fusion for adult spinal deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Sep 1; 38(19):1681-9. PMID: 23698572.
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    13. Ha Y, Maruo K, Racine L, Schairer WW, Hu SS, Deviren V, Burch S, Tay B, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Ames CP, Berven SH. Proximal junctional kyphosis and clinical outcomes in adult spinal deformity surgery with fusion from the thoracic spine to the sacrum: a comparison of proximal and distal upper instrumented vertebrae. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Sep; 19(3):360-9. PMID: 23848349.
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    14. Upadhyaya CD, Wu JC, Trost G, Haid RW, Traynelis VC, Tay B, Coric D, Mummaneni PV. Analysis of the three United States Food and Drug Administration investigational device exemption cervical arthroplasty trials. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 Mar; 16(3):216-28. PMID: 22195608.
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    15. Kelly MP, Mok JM, Frisch RF, Tay BK. Adjacent segment motion after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion versus Prodisc-c cervical total disk arthroplasty: analysis from a randomized, controlled trial. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Jul 1; 36(15):1171-9. PMID: 21217449.
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    16. Mok JM, Cloyd JM, Bradford DS, Hu SS, Deviren V, Smith JA, Tay B, Berven SH. Reoperation after primary fusion for adult spinal deformity: rate, reason, and timing. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Apr 15; 34(8):832-9. PMID: 19365253.
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    17. Aryan HE, Newman CB, Lu DC, Hu SS, Tay BK, Bradford DS, Puttlitz CM, Ames CP. Relaxation of forces needed to distract cervical vertebrae after discectomy: a biomechanical study. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2009 Apr; 22(2):100-4. PMID: 19342931.
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    18. Murrey D, Janssen M, Delamarter R, Goldstein J, Zigler J, Tay B, Darden B. Results of the prospective, randomized, controlled multicenter Food and Drug Administration investigational device exemption study of the ProDisc-C total disc replacement versus anterior discectomy and fusion for the treatment of 1-level symptomatic cervical disc disease. Spine J. 2009 Apr; 9(4):275-86. PMID: 18774751.
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    19. Dang AB, Tay BK, Kim HT, Nauth A, Alfonso-Jaume MA, Lovett DH. Inhibition of MMP2/MMP9 after spinal cord trauma reduces apoptosis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008 Aug 1; 33(17):E576-9. PMID: 18670324.
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    20. Dang AB, Hu SS, Tay BK. Biomechanics of the anterior longitudinal ligament during 8 g whiplash simulation following single- and contiguous two-level fusion: a finite element study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008 Mar 15; 33(6):607-11. PMID: 18344853.
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    21. Mok JM, Pekmezci M, Piper SL, Boyd E, Berven SH, Burch S, Deviren V, Tay B, Hu SS. Use of C-reactive protein after spinal surgery: comparison with erythrocyte sedimentation rate as predictor of early postoperative infectious complications. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008 Feb 15; 33(4):415-21. PMID: 18277874.
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    22. Chi JH, Tay B, Stahl D, Lee R. Complex deformities of the cervical spine. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2007 Apr; 18(2):295-304. PMID: 17556131.
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    23. Chi JH, Ames CP, Tay B. General considerations for cervical arthroplasty with technique for ProDisc-C. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2005 Oct; 16(4):609-19, vi. PMID: 16326284.
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    24. Tow BP, Chang PC, Mitra AK, Tay BK, Wong MC. Comparing 2-year outcomes of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using either patella-tendon or semitendinosus-tendon autografts: a non-randomised prospective study. J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 2005 Aug; 13(2):139-46. PMID: 16131675.
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    25. Puttlitz CM, Rousseau MA, Xu Z, Hu S, Tay BK, Lotz JC. Intervertebral disc replacement maintains cervical spine kinetics. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2004 Dec 15; 29(24):2809-14. PMID: 15599283.
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    26. Soon M, Neo CP, Mitra AK, Tay BK. Morbidity following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using hamstring autograft. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2004 Mar; 33(2):214-9. PMID: 15098637.
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    27. O'Neill CW, Liu JJ, Leibenberg E, Hu SS, Deviren V, Tay BK, Chin CT, Lotz JC. Percutaneous plasma decompression alters cytokine expression in injured porcine intervertebral discs. Spine J. 2004 Jan-Feb; 4(1):88-98. PMID: 14749197.
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    28. Yue WM, Tay BK, Kasinathan ST. Patellar allografts in anterior cervical fusion - a two-year clinical and radiographic study. Singapore Med J. 2003 Oct; 44(10):521-5. PMID: 15024456.
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    29. Peng CW, Tay BK, Lee BP. Prospective trial of resurfaced patellaversus non-resurfaced patella in simultaneous bilateral total knee replacement. Singapore Med J. 2003 Jul; 44(7):347-51. PMID: 14620726.
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    30. Tay BB, Berven S. Indications, techniques, and complications of lumbar interbody fusion. Semin Neurol. 2002 Jun; 22(2):221-30. PMID: 12524567.
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    31. Berven S, Tay BB, Colman W, Hu SS. The lumbar zygapophyseal (facet) joints: a role in the pathogenesis of spinal pain syndromes and degenerative spondylolisthesis. Semin Neurol. 2002 Jun; 22(2):187-96. PMID: 12524564.
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    32. Tay BK, Deckey J, Hu SS. Spinal infections. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2002 May-Jun; 10(3):188-97. PMID: 12041940.
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    33. Berven S, Tay BK, Kleinstueck FS, Bradford DS. Clinical applications of bone graft substitutes in spine surgery: consideration of mineralized and demineralized preparations and growth factor supplementation. Eur Spine J. 2001 Oct; 10 Suppl 2:S169-77. PMID: 11716015; PMCID: PMC3611549.
    34. Yue WM, Tan CT, Tan SB, Tan SK, Tay BK. Results of cervical laminoplasty and a comparison between single and double trap-door techniques. J Spinal Disord. 2000 Aug; 13(4):329-35. PMID: 10941893.
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    35. Su DH, Chan CW, Seow KH, Lo NN, Yeo SJ, Tay BK, Tan SK. Results of revision total knee arthroplasty. Singapore Med J. 2000 Jan; 41(1):6-8. PMID: 10783672.
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    36. Bradford DS, Tay BK, Hu SS. Adult scoliosis: surgical indications, operative management, complications, and outcomes. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1999 Dec 15; 24(24):2617-29. PMID: 10635525.
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    37. Tay BK, Patel VV, Bradford DS. Calcium sulfate- and calcium phosphate-based bone substitutes. Mimicry of the mineral phase of bone. Orthop Clin North Am. 1999 Oct; 30(4):615-23. PMID: 10471766.
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    38. Tay BK, Le AX, Heilman M, Lotz J, Bradford DS. Use of a collagen-hydroxyapatite matrix in spinal fusion. A rabbit model. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1998 Nov 1; 23(21):2276-81. PMID: 9820906.
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    39. Tay BK, Le AX, Gould SE, Helms JA. Histochemical and molecular analyses of distraction osteogenesis in a mouse model. J Orthop Res. 1998 Sep; 16(5):636-42. PMID: 9820290.
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    40. Tan MY, Seow KH, Tay BK. Chevron osteotomy for hallux valgus--SGH experience. Med J Malaysia. 1998 Mar; 53(1):63-9. PMID: 10968140.
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    41. Yeo SJ, Tay B. Clinical experience with automated percutaneous discectomy. Singapore Med J. 1993 Aug; 34(4):313-5. PMID: 8266201.
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    42. Yu CS, Tay B. Wide versus selective decompression in the operative treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. Singapore Med J. 1992 Aug; 33(4):378-9. PMID: 1411669.
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