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Derek Ward, MD

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentOrthopaedic Surgery
Address500 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
Phone415-502-2161
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    Williams College, Williamstown, MAB.A.06/2002History
    University of California, San Francisco, San FranciscoM.D.06/2010
    University of California, San Francisco, San FranciscoResidency06/2015Orthopaedic Surgery
    The Rothman Institute, PhiladelphiaFellowship07/2016Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction
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    American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons2009James A. Rand Young Investigator Award
    2014First Place, Pacific Coast OREF/ORS Research Symposium
    2015Leroy C. Abbott – Verne T. Inman Society Award for Outstanding Resident Research
    2012Leroy C. Abbott – Verne T. Inman Society Award for Outstanding Resident Research
    2014James O. Johnston Resident Research Award
    2015UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Global Health Scholar

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    Dr. Derek Ward specializes in adult reconstruction for hip and knee arthritis. He sees patients with all types of degenerative disease of the hip and knee as well as patients with complications from prior joint replacement. He takes a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of hip and knee pain, incorporating the latest advancements in perioperative pain management, surgical reconstruction, and recovery including the direct anterior approach to total hip replacement, partial knee replacement, and revision surgery.

    Dr. Ward completed his undergraduate training at Williams College and then spent several years working in Washington D.C. in health care policy followed by a year working in Sub-Saharan Africa on the prevention of HIV in Zambia. He matriculated to UCSF for medical school where he spent an extra year studying health care policy with Dr. Kevin Bozic. Dr. Ward remained at UCSF for his Orthopaedic Residency followed by a fellowship in hip and knee replacement at the prestigious Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. He rejoined UCSF as faculty in 2016.

    Dr. Ward is committed to clinical and health policy research as well as medical education. His research interests include peri-operative risk assessment and optimization, revision hip and knee replacement, health care policy, and educating the next generation of surgeons.


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    1. Ward D, Metz LN, Horst PK, Kim HT, Kuo AC. Complications of Morbid Obesity in Total Joint Arthroplasty: Risk Stratification Based on BMI. J Arthroplasty. 2015 Sep; 30(9 Suppl):42-6. PMID: 26117070.
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    2. Bozic KJ, Ward D, Lau EC, Chan V, Wetters NG, Naziri Q, Odum S, Fehring TK, Mont MA, Gioe TJ, Della Valle CJ. Risk factors for periprosthetic joint infection following primary total hip arthroplasty: a case control study. J Arthroplasty. 2014 Jan; 29(1):154-6. PMID: 23702271.
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    3. Ward D, Hansen EN, Takemoto SK, Bozic KJ. Cost and effectiveness of postoperative fever diagnostic evaluation in total joint arthroplasty patients. J Arthroplasty. 2010 Sep; 25(6 Suppl):43-8. PMID: 20452174.
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    4. Zaid H, Ward D, Sammann A, Tendick F, Topp KS, Maa J. Integrating surgical skills education into the anatomy laboratory. J Surg Res. 2010 Jan; 158(1):36-42. PMID: 19159909.
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    5. Sammann A, Tendick F, Ward D, Zaid H, O'Sullivan P, Ascher N. A surgical skills elective to expose preclinical medical students to surgery. J Surg Res. 2007 Oct; 142(2):287-94. PMID: 17640670.
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