Coleen Sabatini, MD, MPH

Title(s)Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    Dr. Coleen Sabatini is dedicated to caring for children with musculoskeletal problems both domestically and abroad and believes that all children should have access to high quality, safe, and affordable orthopaedic care. She is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon based at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (BCHO) in Oakland, California. 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 T. H. Chan School of Public Health, respectively. She served as an Intern in General Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and then completed her residency training 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. She joined the faculty of UCSF in 2010.

    Dr. Sabatini's clinical focus includes a wide range of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, with particular interests in pediatric trauma/fractures, clubfoot and other pediatric foot and limb deformities. She is the Director of the BCHO Clubfoot Program and is the Medical Director of the Dance Medicine Program. Dr. Sabatini's research focuses on health equity/disparities, global health, pediatric trauma prevention and treatment, clinical outcomes, and improving access to, and quality of, care for children with musculoskeletal conditions, particularly for those in low-resource environments.

    Dr. Sabatini’s public health career started before medical school where she had the opportunity to work with the California Black Infant Health program in San Diego; the start of a career rooted in health equity work and dedicated to the elimination of disparities in health for communities of color and vulnerable populations here in the United States. Recognizing that a critical way to address disparities in musculoskeletal health is to diversify the musculoskeletal workforce, Dr. Sabatini has had a focus on diversity in orthopaedics for over 15 years and has been committed to collaborative education, mentorship, and advocacy to increase the number of under-represented minorities and women pursuing careers in orthopaedic surgery, currently one of the least diverse specialties in all of medicine.

    After joining the UCSF faculty in 2010, Dr. Sabatini became the Director and Chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland in 2012. She served in these roles for over 7 years until 2019 when she transitioned away from leadership at BCHO to focus on her primary passion - health equity, in both the United States and globally. Her health equity work is rooted in capacity-building through research and education. Although she has taught and/or volunteered in numerous countries, Dr. Sabatini focuses much of her time in Uganda where she heads a pediatric orthopaedic research program and serves at the Principal Investigator on multiple projects, including many focused on injection injury - gluteal fibrosis and post-injection paralysis (through the Uganda Post-Injection Disability Prevention and Treatment Program) and other neglected surgical conditions. Much of her research work is intersectional between orthopaedics and public health. Dr. Sabatini and other colleagues have set up a pediatric orthopaedic fellowship in Uganda to train future generations of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons and she is committed to ongoing education and capacity building in collaboration with her partners in Uganda. Dr. Sabatini is also Co-Director of the UCSF Center for Health Equity in Surgery and Anesthesia (CHESA) – CHESA’s mission is to improve access to quality surgical care in low-resource settings through education and research.

    Dr. Sabatini is active in many orthopaedic organizations and is currently the Chair of the International Committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and she also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society.

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    1. The Prevalence of Bullying Among Pediatric Orthopaedic Patients. J Pediatr Orthop. 2021 Jul 22. Carrillo LA, Sabatini CS, Brar RK, Jagodzinski JE, Sabharwal S, Delgado E, Livingston KS. PMID: 34294669.
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    2. Changes in Superior Displacement, Angulation, and Shortening in the Early Phase of Healing for Completely Displaced Midshaft Clavicle Fractures in Adolescents: Results from a Prospective, Multicenter Study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2021 Jun 02. Pennock AT, Heyworth BE, Bastrom T, Bae DS, Boutelle KE, Busch MT, Edmonds EW, Ellis HB, Hergott K, Kocher MS, Li Y, Liotta ES, Pandya NK, Perkins C, Sabatini CS, Spence DD, Willimon SC, Wilson PL, FACTS Study Group (Function after Adolescent Clavicle Trauma and Surgery [FACTS], prospective, multi . PMID: 34089880.
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    3. Surgical Release of Gluteal Fibrosis in Children Results in Sustained Benefit at 5-Year Follow-up. J Pediatr Orthop. 2021 Mar 01; 41(3):e240-e245. Reilly AL, Owori FR, Obaikol R, Asige E, Aluka H, Penny N, Olupot R, Sabatini CS. PMID: 33481480.
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    4. Global Volunteerism for Orthopaedic Surgeons-A Primer. Instr Course Lect. 2021; 70:623-636. Sabatini CS, Singh D, Reilly AL, Kim TS, Trafton PG. PMID: 33438940.
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    5. Supracondylar humerus fractures in low- and lower middle-income countries: a scoping review of the current epidemiology, treatment modalities, and outcomes. Int Orthop. 2020 11; 44(11):2443-2448. Challa S, Agarwal-Harding KJ, Levy P, Barr-Walker J, Sabatini CS. PMID: 32691122.
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    6. Descriptive Epidemiology of Adolescent Clavicle Fractures: Results From the FACTS (Function after Adolescent Clavicle Trauma and Surgery) Prospective, Multicenter Cohort Study. Orthop J Sports Med. 2020 May; 8(5):2325967120921344. Ellis HB, Li Y, Bae DS, Kalish LA, Wilson PL, Pennock AT, Nepple JJ, Willimon SC, Spence DD, Pandya NK, FACTS Study Group , Kocher MS, Edmonds EW, Farley FA, Gordon JE, Kelly DM, Busch MT, Sabatini CS, Heyworth BE. PMID: 32528990.
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    7. Practice Patterns for Management of Pediatric Femur Fractures in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 May/Jun; 40(5):251-258. Curran PF, Albright P, Ibrahim JM, Ali SH, Shearer DW, Sabatini CS. PMID: 31425401.
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    8. Rickets and Angular Bone Deformity. . 2020 Jan 1; 67-72. J. Norgrove Penny, Coleen S. Sabatini. .
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    9. Post-injection Injuries and Polio. . 2020 Jan 1; 437-453. J. Norgrove Penny, Coleen S. Sabatini, John Ekure, David A. Spiegel, Hugh G. Watts. .
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    10. Access to Orthopaedic Care for Spanish-Speaking Patients in California. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 Sep 18; 101(18):e95. Greene NE, Fuentes-Juárez BN, Sabatini CS. PMID: 31567810.
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    11. Two-year Functional Outcomes Of Operative Vs. Non-operative Treatment Of Completely Displaced Midshaft Clavicle Fractures In Adolescents: Results From A Prospective, Multicenter, Level 2 Study. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2019 Jul 1; 7(7_suppl5):2325967119s00428. Benton E. Heyworth, Andrew T. Pennock, G. Ying Li, Leslie Kalish, Brittany Dragonetti, Henry B. Ellis, Jeffrey J. Nepple, S. Clifton Willimon, David Spence, Nirav K. Pandya, Mininder S. Kocher, Eric W. Edmonds, Philip L. Wilson, Michael T. Busch, Coleen S. Sabatini, Donald S. Bae. .
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    12. Unifying Children's Surgery and Anesthesia Stakeholders Across Institutions and Clinical Disciplines: Challenges and Solutions from Uganda. World J Surg. 2019 06; 43(6):1435-1449. Kisa P, Grabski DF, Ozgediz D, Ajiko M, Aspide R, Baird R, Barker G, Birabwa-Male D, Blair G, Cameron B, Cheung M, Cigliano B, Cunningham D, D'Agostino S, Duffy D, Evans F, Fitzgerald TN, Galiwango G, Gerolmini D, Gerolmini M, Kakembo N, Kambugu JB, Lakhoo K, Langer M, Muhumuza MF, Muzira A, Nabukenya MT, Naik-Mathuria B, Nakku D, Nankunda J, Ogwang M, Okello I, Penny N, Reimer E, Sabatini C, Sekabira J, Situma M, Ssenyonga P, Tumukunde J, Villalona G. PMID: 30617561.
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    13. Global Initiative for Children's Surgery: A Model of Global Collaboration to Advance the Surgical Care of Children. World J Surg. 2019 06; 43(6):1416-1425. Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery . PMID: 30623232.
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    14. Optimal Resources for Children's Surgical Care: Executive Summary. World J Surg. 2019 Apr; 43(4):978-980. Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery . PMID: 30725368.
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    15. Gluteal Fibrosis and Its Surgical Treatment. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 Feb 20; 101(4):361-368. Alves K, Katz JN, Sabatini CS. PMID: 30801376.
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    16. Gluteal fibrosis, post-injection paralysis, and related injection practices in Uganda: a qualitative analysis. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Nov 26; 18(1):892. Alves K, Godwin CL, Chen A, Akellot D, Katz JN, Sabatini CS. PMID: 30477506.
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    17. Burden of gluteal fibrosis and post-injection paralysis in the children of Kumi District in Uganda. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2018 Sep 24; 19(1):343. Alves K, Penny N, Ekure J, Olupot R, Kobusingye O, Katz JN, Sabatini CS. PMID: 30249239.
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    18. Vertical patellar dislocation: A pediatric case report and review of the literature. Orthop Rev (Pavia). 2018 Sep 05; 10(3):7688. Udogwu UN, Sabatini CS. PMID: 30370035.
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    19. Paediatric musculoskeletal disease in Kumi District, Uganda: a cross-sectional survey. Int Orthop. 2018 08; 42(8):1967-1973. Alves K, Penny N, Kobusingye O, Olupot R, Katz JN, Sabatini CS. PMID: 29610937.
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    20. Adolescent clavicle nonunions: potential risk factors and surgical management. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Jan; 27(1):29-35. 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. PMID: 28844421.
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    21. The Global Initiative for Children's Surgery: Optimal Resources for Improving Care. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2018 Feb; 28(1):51-59. 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, GICS Collaborators . PMID: 28806850.
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    22. What is new in idiopathic clubfoot? Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2016 Dec; 9(4):470-477. O'Shea RM, Sabatini CS. PMID: 27696325.
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    23. 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. Theologis AA, Anaya A, Sabatini C, Sucato DJ, Parent S, Erickson M, Diab M. PMID: 26335670.
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    24. 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. Heffernan MJ, Gordon JE, Sabatini CS, Keeler KA, Lehmann CL, O'Donnell JC, Seehausen DA, Luhmann SJ, Arkader A. PMID: 25105984.
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    25. Patient-based outcomes after tibia fracture in children and adolescents. Open Orthop J. 2014; 8:41-8. Sabatini CS, Curtis TA, Mahan ST. PMID: 24627732.
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    26. Procedure 22 Posterior Thoracolumbar Fusion Techniques for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. . 2012 Jan 1; (Spine 29 2004):208-224. Coleen S. Sabatini, David L. Skaggs. .
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    27. 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. Sabatini CS, Skaggs KF, Kay RM, Skaggs DL. PMID: 21920543.
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