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Derek Ward, MD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentOrthopaedic Surgery
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 is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon specializing 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. Derek Ward is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and Affiliate Faculty at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. He specializes in adult reconstruction of the hip and knee including primary and complex 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 and in Africa working in global health. He completed his medical training at UCSF in 2010 where he spent an extra year studying health care policy. Dr. Ward remained at UCSF, completing his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency in 2015 followed by a fellowship in adult reconstruction at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. He joined the UCSF faculty in 2016.

    He has won regional and national awards for research including the James A. Rand Young Investigator Award for the most Outstanding Paper in Arthroplasty. Dr. Ward’s research interests include health care policy and cost effectiveness, peri-operative risk assessment and optimization, medical education, and revision hip and knee replacement. Dr. Ward serves as the orthopaedic lead for the UCSF Hip Fracture Initiative as well as the orthopaedic alternative payment program, co-chairing the Bundled Payment Care Improvement committee with the Office of Population Health. He is dedicated to educating the next generation of physicians and is actively involved in all levels of medical education. He reviews research for several major journals and is a member of the California Orthopaedic Association, the Western Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.


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    1. Pandya NK, Wustrack R, Metz L, Ward D. Current Concepts in Orthopaedic Care Disparities. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018 Aug 31. PMID: 30180094.
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    2. Patterson JT, Tillinghast K, Ward D. Dialysis Dependence Predicts Complications, Intensive Care Unit Care, Length of Stay, and Skilled Nursing Needs in Elective Primary Total Knee and Hip Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2018 Feb 17. PMID: 29551305.
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    3. Grace TR, Patterson JT, Tangtiphaiboontana J, Krogue JD, Vail TP, Ward DT. Hip Fractures and the Bundle: A Cost Analysis of Patients Undergoing Hip Arthroplasty for Femoral Neck Fracture vs Degenerative Joint Disease. J Arthroplasty. 2018 Feb 05. PMID: 29506928.
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    4. Ward DT, 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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    5. Bozic KJ, Ward DT, 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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    6. Ward DT, 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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