Coleen Sabatini, MD, MPH

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentOrthopaedic Surgery
Address747 52nd Street, OPC 1st Flr
Oakland CA 94609
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    Children's Hospital Los AngelesPediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship2010
    Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency ProgramOrthopaedic Surgery Residency2009
    Harvard UniversityM.D.2004School of Medicine
    Harvard UniversityMaster of Public Health2004School of Public Health
    University of California, San DiegoBS1997

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    Dr. Coleen Sabatini is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and the Director of the Orthopaedic Service at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego where she studied biology and dance. She then moved to Boston to obtain her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) and Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, respectively. She served as an Intern in General Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and then completed her residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. She served as Chief Resident in her last year of residency and as Editor of "The Orthopaedic Journal" at Harvard Medical School for four years. Dr. Sabatini completed her fellowship training in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Having been a dancer for most of her pre-medical life, Dr. Sabatini's passion for caring for children with orthopaedic problems is based in her own history of orthopaedic injuries and a commitment to helping others live an active and healthy life.

    Dr. Sabatini’s clinical practice is based at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (BCHO) where she serves as the Director and Chief of the Orthopaedic Surgery Service.  She provides care at BCHO’s main hospital in Oakland as well as the Ambulatory Center in Walnut Creek.  Dr. Sabatini's clinical focus includes a wide range of pediatric orthopaedic care including pediatric trauma/fractures, clubfoot and other pediatric foot deformities, limb deformities, hip disorders, limb length discrepancies, scoliosis, and dance medicine.

    Her research focuses on global health, clinical outcomes, pediatric trauma prevention and treatment, and improving access to care for children with musculoskeletal conditions, particularly for children in low-resource environments. Dr. Sabatini is very active in international orthopaedic work including education and research in Uganda, where she heads a pediatric orthopaedic research program and is the Principal Investigator of the Uganda Post-Injection Disability Prevention Program.

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    1. Alves K, Penny N, Kobusingye O, Olupot R, Katz JN, Sabatini CS. Paediatric musculoskeletal disease in Kumi District, Uganda: a cross-sectional survey. Int Orthop. 2018 Apr 02. PMID: 29610937.
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    2. Pennock AT, Edmonds EW, Bae DS, Kocher MS, Li Y, Farley FA, Ellis HB, Wilson PL, Nepple J, Gordon JE, Willimon SC, Busch MT, Spence DD, Kelly DM, Pandya NK, Sabatini CS, Shea KG, Heyworth BE. Adolescent clavicle nonunions: potential risk factors and surgical management. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Jan; 27(1):29-35. PMID: 28844421.
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    3. Goodman LF, St-Louis E, Yousef Y, Cheung M, Ure B, Ozgediz D, Ameh EA, Bickler S, Poenaru D, Oldham K, Farmer D, Lakhoo K. The Global Initiative for Children's Surgery: Optimal Resources for Improving Care. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2018 Feb; 28(1):51-59. PMID: 28806850.
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    4. O'Shea RM, Sabatini CS. What is new in idiopathic clubfoot? Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2016 Dec; 9(4):470-477. PMID: 27696325.
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    5. Theologis AA, Anaya A, Sabatini C, Sucato DJ, Parent S, Erickson M, Diab M. Surgical Consent of Children and Guardians for the Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is Incompletely Informed. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Jan; 41(1):53-61. PMID: 26335670.
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    6. Heffernan MJ, Gordon JE, Sabatini CS, Keeler KA, Lehmann CL, O'Donnell JC, Seehausen DA, Luhmann SJ, Arkader A. Treatment of femur fractures in young children: a multicenter comparison of flexible intramedullary nails to spica casting in young children aged 2 to 6 years. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Mar; 35(2):126-9. PMID: 25105984.
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    7. Sabatini CS, Curtis TA, Mahan ST. Patient-based outcomes after tibia fracture in children and adolescents. Open Orthop J. 2014; 8:41-8. PMID: 24627732; PMCID: PMC3952204.
    8. Sabatini CS, Skaggs KF, Kay RM, Skaggs DL. Orthopedic surgeons are less likely to see children now for fracture care compared with 10 years ago. J Pediatr. 2012 Mar; 160(3):505-7. PMID: 21920543.
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