Aenor Sawyer, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address500 Parnassus Avenue, #320
San Francisco CA 94117
Phone415-353-4983
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    University of California DavisM.D.1993School of Medicine
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    1984 US Olympic Games1984US Olympic Sports Medicine Volt Staff
    Alpha Omega Alpha1992President, Honor Medical Society
    Stanford University1993Lange Medical Publications Award
    Boston Children's Hospital1999Lovett Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
    Tri-Valley Sports Hall of Fame2005Community Service, Hall of Fame
    Rock Health, Fenwick and West, and Goldman Sachs2015Selected of Top 4 Techy Doctors and Top 50 Digital Health Innovators in 2015
    Murdoch Children's Research Institute Royal Children's Hospital, University of Melbourne2016Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Fellow Award
    Murdoch Children's Research Institute Royal Children's Hospital, University of Melbourne2016David Danks Lecturer

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    Dr. Aenor Sawyer, has more than two decades of experience in development and evaluation of health technologies, telemedicine and remote medical management.
    In addition to her Clinical work in Orthopaedics and Skeletal Health, Dr Sawyer was recently recruited into UCSF innovation Ventures to serve as Director of Innovator Enrichment and also Manager in Strategic Alliances. Dr. Sawyer’s experience in remote medical management includes 15 years as an Expedition Medic and Medical Advisor for extreme ocean rowers. She also conducts research with the Australian Antarctic Division on remote medical monitoring. She has expertise in remote care and Space Health/Medical management as the Director of the UC Space Health Program and previously served as the Chief Health Innovation Officer for the Translational Research Institute for Space Health, a NASA-funded program.

    She is a member of the UCSF IT Governance Committee, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCSF Center for Advanced 3D+ Technologies, Co-Founder of the Center for Digital Health Innovation, and a UCSF HEALTH HUB board member. External roles also include Chair of MCRI HealthTechnology Advisory Board, Advisor to UCSF Invest Fund, Advisor to ANDHealth, External Advisory Board Member of the Scripps Translational Sciences Institute, and prior Associate Editor of Nature’s Digital Medicine Journal.

    As a UCSF Orthopedist, she is Founder and Director of the Skeletal Health Service where she combines her background as an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Physical Therapist and Exercise Physiologist enabling pediatric to geriatric patients optimize their bone health across the lifespan. Dr Sawyer's career includes 10 years as a Physical Therapist, after which she received an M.S. in Human Physiology and her M.D. from the University of California, Davis. Upon completion of her Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Stanford University, she completed fellowship training in Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Paediatric/Adolescent Sports Medicine, both at Boston Children's Hospital, in the Harvard Orthopaedic program

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    Feasibility Study of US to Assess Bone Density in Spine Clinic Setting
    UCSF - CDMI Jan 20, 2022
    Role: PI
    Description: Assessment of novel US/AI technology to assess bone quality in POC setting and relate bone parameters measured by this device to lumbar spine patient surgical outcomes.
    UCSF/TRISH Space Health Innovation Program
    NASA P0532788Oct 1, 2018 - Sep 30, 2021
    Role: PI
    Description: The goal of this study is to understand the risks to humans in space (focusing on deep space) and source innovative solutions as countermeasures to mitigate risks.
    Center for Advanced 3D+ Technologies - "Personalized Precision Surgery and Intervention"
    UCSF Aug 1, 2018 - Aug 1, 2019
    Role: PI
    Description: A School of Medicine initiative multi-department grant awarded to Orthopaedic Sugery, Pediatric Cardiology, and Radiology.

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    1. Ocular conditions and injuries, detection and management in spaceflight. NPJ Microgravity. 2023; 9(37). Elana Meer, Seanna Grob, Erik L. Antonsen and Aenor Sawyer. . View Publication.
    2. Ocular conditions and injuries, detection and management in spaceflight. NPJ Microgravity. 2023 May 16; 9(1):37. Meer E, Grob S, Antonsen EL, Sawyer A. PMID: 37193709; PMCID: PMC10188687.
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    3. Biological research and self-driving labs in deep space supported by artificial intelligence. Nature Machine Intelligence. 2023 Mar 1; 5(3):208-219. Sanders SL, Scott SR, Yang YJ, Qutub QA, Garcia Martin GH, Berrios BD, Hastings HJ, Rask RJ, Mackintosh MG, Hoarfrost HA, Chalk CS, Kalantari KJ, Khezeli KK, Antonsen AE, Babdor BJ, Barker BR, Baranzini BS, Beheshti BA, Delgado-Aparicio DG, Glicksberg GB, Greene GC, Haendel HM, Hamid HA, Heller HP, Jamieson JD, Jarvis JK, Komarova KS, Komorowski KM, Kothiyal KP, Mahabal MA, Manor MU, Mason MC, Matar MM, Mias MG, Miller MJ, Myers MJ, Nelson NC, Oribello OJ, Park PS, Parsons-Wingerter PP, Prabhu PR, Reynolds RR, Saravia-Butler SA, Saria SS, Sawyer SA, Singh SN, Snyder SM, Soboczenski SF, Soman SK, Theriot TC, Van Valen VD, Venkateswaran VK, Warren WL, Worthey WL, Zitnik ZM, Costes CS. .
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    4. Biomonitoring and precision health in deep space supported by artificial intelligence. Nature Machine Intelligence. 2023 Mar 1; 5(3):196-207. Scott SR, Sanders SL, Antonsen AE, Hastings HJ, Park PS, Mackintosh MG, Reynolds RR, Hoarfrost HA, Sawyer SA, Greene GC, Glicksberg GB, Theriot TC, Berrios BD, Miller MJ, Babdor BJ, Barker BR, Baranzini BS, Beheshti BA, Chalk CS, Delgado-Aparicio DG, Haendel HM, Hamid HA, Heller HP, Jamieson JD, Jarvis JK, Kalantari KJ, Khezeli KK, Komarova KS, Komorowski KM, Kothiyal KP, Mahabal MA, Manor MU, Garcia Martin GH, Mason MC, Matar MM, Mias MG, Myers MJ, Nelson NC, Oribello OJ, Parsons-Wingerter PP, Prabhu PR, Qutub QA, Rask RJ, Saravia-Butler SA, Saria SS, Singh SN, Snyder SM, Soboczenski SF, Soman SK, Van Valen VD, Venkateswaran VK, Warren WL, Worthey WL, Yang YJ, Zitnik ZM, Costes CS. .
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    5. Overview of lunar dust toxicity risk. NPJ Microgravity. 2022 Dec 02; 8(1):55. Pohlen M, Carroll D, Prisk GK, Sawyer AJ. PMID: 36460679.
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    6. Developing an international database on long-term health effects of spaceflight. Acta Astronautica. 2022 Sep 1; 198:347-353. Bloomfield BS, Dunbar DB, Schmit SC, Sawyer SA, Charles CJ. .
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    7. SARS-CoV-2 PCR and antibody testing for an entire rural community: methods and feasibility of high-throughput testing procedures. Arch Public Health. 2021 Jul 07; 79(1):125. Appa A, Chamie G, Sawyer A, Baltzell K, Dippell K, Ribeiro S, Duarte E, Vinden J, Consortium C, Kramer-Feldman J, Rahdari S, MacIntosh D, Nicholson K, Im J, Havlir D, Greenhouse B. PMID: 34233752; PMCID: PMC8261397.
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    8. Universal Polymerase Chain Reaction and Antibody Testing Demonstrate Little to No Transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 in a Rural Community. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2021 Jan; 8(1):ofaa531. Appa A, Takahashi S, Rodriguez-Barraquer I, Chamie G, Sawyer A, Duarte E, Hakim J, Turcios K, Vinden J, Janson O, Manglik A, Peluso MJ, Deeks SG, Henrich TJ, Torres L, Rodgers M, Hackett J, Chiu C, Havlir D, Greenhouse B. PMID: 34109255; PMCID: PMC7665736.
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    9. FDA public workshop: Orthopaedic sensing, measuring, and advanced reporting technology (SMART) devices. J Orthop Res. 2021 01; 39(1):22-29. Baumann AP, O'Neill C, Owens MC, Weber SC, Sivan S, D'Amico R, Carmody S, Bini S, Sawyer AJ, Lotz JC, Goel V, Dmitriev AE. PMID: 32827329.
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    10. Universal PCR and antibody testing demonstrate little to no transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a rural community. medRxiv. 2020 Aug 17. Appa A, Takahashi S, Rodriguez-Barraquer I, Chamie G, Sawyer A, Consortium C, Duarte E, Hakim J, Turcios K, Vinden J, Janson O, Manglik A, Peluso MJ, Deeks SG, Henrich TJ, Torres L, Rodgers M, Hackett J, Chiu C, Havlir D, Greenhouse B. PMID: 32839781; PMCID: PMC7444294.
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    11. SARS-CoV-2 PCR and antibody testing for an entire rural community: methods and feasibility of high-throughput testing procedures. medRxiv. 2020 May 30. Appa A, Chamie G, Sawyer A, Baltzell K, Dippell K, Ribeiro S, Duarte E, Vinden J, CLIAHUB Consortium, Kramer-Feldman J, Rahdari S, MacIntosh D, Nicholson K, Im J, Havlir D, Greenhouse B. PMID: 32511482; PMCID: PMC7273250.
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    12. Deep Space Applications for Point-of-Care Technologies. Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering. 2019 Sep 1; 11:45-50. Strangman SG, Sawyer SA, Fabre FK, Urquieta UE, Hury HJ, Wu WJ, Peterman PA, Hoffman HJ, Donoviel DD. .
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    13. The Answer is Vitamin D! From Pediatrics to Geriatrics in Orthopaedics. Instr Course Lect. 2018 Feb 15; 67:529-541. Minkowitz B, Sawyer A, Fung EB, Dvorzhinskiy A, Lane JM. PMID: 31411437.
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    14. A Resident-led Initiative Improves Screening and Treatment for Vitamin D Deficiency in Patients with Hip Fractures. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017 Jan; 475(1):264-270. Lansdown DA, Whitaker A, Wustrack R, Sawyer A, Hansen EN. PMID: 27549989; PMCID: PMC5174045.
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    15. Rationale for Bone Health Assessment in Childhood and Adolescence. Bone Health Assessment in Pediatrics. 2016 Jan 1; 1-21. Bianchi BM, Sawyer SA, Bachrach BL. .
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    16. Evaluation of Fracture Without Known Trauma: Use of DXA in Differential Diagnosis. Bone Health Assessment in Pediatrics. 2016 Jan 1; 267-283. Mughal MM, Whitaker WA, Sawyer SA. .
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    17. A comprehensive overview of osteoporotic fracture treatment. Instr Course Lect. 2015; 64:25-36. Wolf JM, Cannada LK, Lane JM, Sawyer AJ, Ladd AL. PMID: 25745892.
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    18. Calcium supplementation during pregnancy improves tibial bone density at one year post-partum in racially diverse women (250.3). The FASEB Journal. 2014 Apr 1; 28. Hacker HA, King KJ, Van Loan VM, Gertz GE, Adams AM, Sawyer SA, Fung FE. .
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    19. Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases Affecting the Young Athlete’s Spine. Spinal Injuries and Conditions in Young Athletes. 2014 Jan 1; 181-198. Metz ML, Ward WD, Sawyer SA. .
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    20. Hospital readmission after spine fusion for adult spinal deformity. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Sep 01; 38(19):1681-9. Schairer WW, Carrer A, Deviren V, Hu SS, Takemoto S, Mummaneni P, Chou D, Ames C, Burch S, Tay B, Sawyer A, Berven SH. PMID: 23698572.
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    21. The effect of whole body vibration therapy on bone density in patients with thalassemia: a pilot study. Am J Hematol. 2012 Oct; 87(10):E76-9. Fung EB, Gariepy CA, Sawyer AJ, Higa A, Vichinsky EP. PMID: 22886910; PMCID: PMC3845963.
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    22. Infectious, inflammatory, and metabolic diseases affecting the athlete's spine. Clin Sports Med. 2012 Jul; 31(3):535-67. Metz LN, Wustrack R, Lovell AF, Sawyer AJ. PMID: 22658001.
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    23. Exploring Vertebral Height Deficits in Patients with Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Disease,. Blood. 2011 Nov 18; 118(21):3198-3198. Fung FE, Reget RK, Haines HD, Sawyer SA, Lal LA. .
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    24. Characterization of low bone mass in young patients with thalassemia by DXA, pQCT and markers of bone turnover. Bone. 2011 Jun 01; 48(6):1305-12. Fung EB, Vichinsky EP, Kwiatkowski JL, Huang J, Bachrach LK, Sawyer AJ, Zemel BS. PMID: 21443975; PMCID: PMC3095710.
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    25. Characterization of bone deficits in young patients with thalassemia. Bone. 2009 Jul 1; 45:s66. Fung FE, Kwiatkowski KJ, Huang HJ, Sawyer SA, Zemel ZB, Vichinsky VE. .
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    26. Looking to the Future of Pediatric Bone Densitometry. Bone Densitometry in Growing Patients. 2007 Jan 1; 173-178. Bishop BN, Sawyer SA, Leonard LM. .
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    27. Rationale for Bone Densitometry in Childhood and Adolescence. Bone Densitometry in Growing Patients. 2007 Jan 1; 1-13. Sawyer SA, Bachrach BL. .
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    28. Mind your T's and Z's. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2003 Jul; 85(7):1390-1. Plotkin H, Sawyer A, Bachrach L. PMID: 12851367.
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    29. Calcaneus ultrasound measurements in a convenience sample of healthy youth. J Clin Densitom. 2001; 4(2):111-20. Sawyer A, Moore S, Fielding KT, Nix DA, Kiratli J, Bachrach LK. PMID: 11477304.
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    30. Results of a method of leg-length equalization for patients undergoing primary total hip replacement. J Arthroplasty. 1999 Feb; 14(2):159-64. Woolson ST, Hartford JM, Sawyer A. PMID: 10065720.
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