Derek Ward, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
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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
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    Hip Society2021John Charnley Award
    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 Associate 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 multiple regional and national awards for research including the prestigious James A. Rand Young Investigator Award for the most Outstanding Paper in Arthroplasty and the John Charnley Award from the Hip Society. 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 in multiple leadership roles and is the Executive Medical Director for the UCSF-MarinHealth Orthopaedic Service at MarinHealth Medical Center. He is also the the orthopaedic medical director for the UCSF Hip Fracture Initiative as well as the orthopaedic lead for UCSF Population Health, co-chairing the Bundled Payment Care Improvement committee.

    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. The Microbiome of Osteoarthritic Hip and Knee Joints: A Prospective Multicenter Investigation. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2023 May 16. Goswami K, Clarkson S, Tipton C, Phillips CD, Dennis DA, Klatt BA, O'Malley M, Smith EL, Gililland J, Pelt CE, Peters CL, Malkani AL, Palumbo BT, Lyons ST, Bernasek TL, Minter J, Goyal N, Purtill W, McDonald JF, Cross MB, Prieto HA, Lee GC, Hansen EN, Bini SA, Ward DT, Zhao N, Shohat N, Higuera CA, Nam D, Della Valle CJ, Parvizi J, Orthopedic Genomics Workgroup. PMID: 37192280.
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    2. Letter to the Editor: Editorial: What is Narrative Medicine, and Why Should We Use it in Orthopaedic Practice? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2023 Mar 28. Sales C, Gribben V, Ward D. PMID: 36977365.
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    3. Patients Who Have Limited English Proficiency Have Decreased Utilization of Revision Surgeries After Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2023 Feb 18. Nguyen KH, Suarez P, Sales C, Fernandez A, Ward DT, Manuel SP. PMID: 36805120.
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    4. Limited English proficiency correlates with postoperative complications after knee arthroplasty. Musculoskeletal Care. 2022 Dec 19. Nguyen KH, Sales C, Suarez P, Fernandez A, Ward DT, Manuel SP. PMID: 36536487.
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    5. Language barriers and postoperative opioid prescription use after total knee arthroplasty. Explor Res Clin Soc Pharm. 2022 Sep; 7:100171. Nguyen KH, Rambachan A, Ward DT, Manuel SP. PMID: 36082144; PMCID: PMC9445381.
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    6. Operative Management of Hip Fractures Within 24 Hours in the Elderly is Achievable and Associated With Reduced Opiate Use. Geriatr Orthop Surg Rehabil. 2022; 13:21514593221116331. Allahabadi S, Roostan M, Roddy E, Ward DT, Rogers S, Kim C. PMID: 37101932; PMCID: PMC10123378.
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    7. Demographics of Patients Traveling Notable Distances to Receive Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2022 08 01; 6(8). Orringer M, Roberts H, Ward D. PMID: 35960986; PMCID: PMC9377674.
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    8. Taking the Long Way to Care: Who is Traveling Farthest to Undergo Elective Total Hip Arthroplasty? Arthroplast Today. 2022 Aug; 16:237-241.e1. Orringer M, Roberts H, Ward D. PMID: 36092131; PMCID: PMC9458899.
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    9. An Enhanced Understanding of Culture-Negative Periprosthetic Joint Infection with Next-Generation Sequencing: A Multicenter Study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2022 09 07; 104(17):1523-1529. Goswami K, Clarkson S, Phillips CD, Dennis DA, Klatt BA, O'Malley MJ, Smith EL, Gililland JM, Pelt CE, Peters CL, Malkani AL, Palumbo BT, Lyons ST, Bernasek TL, Minter J, Goyal N, McDonald JF, Cross MB, Prieto HA, Lee GC, Hansen EN, Bini SA, Ward DT, Shohat N, Higuera CA, Nam D, Della Valle CJ, Parvizi J, Orthopedic Genomics Workgroup. PMID: 35726882.
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    10. Racial and Socioeconomic Differences in Distance Traveled for Elective Hip Arthroplasty. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2022 04 05; 6(4). Orringer M, Roberts H, Ward D. PMID: 35389931; PMCID: PMC8989782.
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    11. Association of English Language Proficiency With Hospitalization Cost, Length of Stay, Disposition Location, and Readmission Following Total Joint Arthroplasty. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 03 01; 5(3):e221842. Manuel SP, Nguyen K, Karliner LS, Ward DT, Fernandez A. PMID: 35267037; PMCID: PMC8914571.
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    12. Surgeons' perspectives on operating room waste: Multicenter survey. Surgery. 2022 05; 171(5):1142-1147. Meyer MJ, Chafitz T, Wang K, Alamgir N, Malapati P, Gander JW, Ward DT, Gandhi S. PMID: 35093247.
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    13. Virtual Reality as a Learning Tool for Trainees in Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2022 Jan 15; 30(2):84-90. Zaid MB, Dilallo M, Shau D, Ward DT, Barry JJ. PMID: 34520419.
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    14. Racial and Gender Shoulder Arthroplasty Utilization Disparities of High- and Low-Volume Centers in New York State. J Shoulder Elb Arthroplast. 2021; 5:24715492211041901. Markes AR, Pareek A, Mesfin A, Benjamin Ma C, Ward D. PMID: 34993381; PMCID: PMC8492025.
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    15. 2021 John Charnley Award: A protocol-based strategy when using hemiarthroplasty or total hip arthroplasty for femoral neck fractures decreases mortality, length of stay, and complications. Bone Joint J. 2021 Jul; 103-B(7 Supple B):3-8. Roberts HJ, Barry J, Nguyen K, Vail T, Kandemir U, Rogers S, Ward D. PMID: 34192920.
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    16. Diagnostic value of fluoroscopy-guided hip aspiration for periprosthetic joint infection. Skeletal Radiol. 2021 Nov; 50(11):2245-2254. Kanthawang T, Bodden J, Joseph GB, Vail T, Ward D, Patel R, Link TM. PMID: 33956170.
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    17. Protocol-based interdisciplinary co-management for hip fracture care: 3 years of experience at an academic medical center. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2022 Jul; 142(7):1491-1497. Roberts HJ, Rogers SE, Ward DT, Kandemir U. PMID: 33651146.
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    18. Antibiotic-Laden Bone Cement Use and Revision Risk After Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty in U.S. Veterans. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 Nov 18; 102(22):1939-1947. Bendich I, Zhang N, Barry JJ, Ward DT, Whooley MA, Kuo AC. PMID: 32890041.
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    19. Predictors of a change in patient willingness to have Total knee arthroplasty: Insights from the osteoarthritis initiative. Knee. 2020 Jun; 27(3):667-675. Bendich I, Halvorson RT, Ward D, Nevitt M. PMID: 32563421.
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    20. Hospital-based Hip fracture programs: Clinical need and effectiveness. Injury. 2020 May; 51 Suppl 2:S2-S4. Meinberg E, Ward D, Herring M, Miclau T. PMID: 32386840.
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    21. Comparison of Periarticular Infiltration and Combination Delivery of Local Anesthetics for Reducing Pain and Opioid Consumption after Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Knee Surg. 2021 Sep; 34(11):1149-1154. Ward DT, Grotkopp E, Detch RC, Kim HT, Kuo AC. PMID: 32143218.
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    22. Greater Knee Soft Tissue Thickness Predisposes Patients to Subsequent Periprosthetic Joint Infection After Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2020 07; 35(7):1924-1927. Vahedi H, Ward DT, Lee YS, Shohat N, Chen AF. PMID: 32192832.
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    23. Staged Bilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty: Increased Risk of Recurring Complications. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 Feb 19; 102(4):292-297. Grace TR, Tsay EL, Roberts HJ, Vail TP, Ward DT. PMID: 31663926.
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    24. Long-Term Trends in Postoperative Opioid Prescribing, 1994 to 2014. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2020 01; 4(1). Chen CL, Jeffery MM, Krebs EE, Thiels CA, Schumacher MA, Schwartz AJ, Thombley R, Finlayson E, Rodriguez-Monguio R, Ward D, Dudley RA. PMID: 32159068; PMCID: PMC7028788.
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    25. Bilateral Simultaneous vs Staged Total Knee Arthroplasty: Minimal Difference in Perioperative Risks. J Arthroplasty. 2019 Dec; 34(12):2944-2949.e1. Tsay EL, Grace TR, Vail T, Ward D. PMID: 31351855.
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    26. Routine Patellar Resurfacing During Total Knee Arthroplasty Is Not Cost-Effective in Patients Without Patellar Arthritis. J Arthroplasty. 2019 Sep; 34(9):1963-1968. Zmistowski BM, Fillingham YA, Salmons HI, Ward DT, Good RP, Lonner JH. PMID: 31104838.
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    27. Current Concepts in Orthopaedic Care Disparities. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018 Dec 01; 26(23):823-832. Pandya NK, Wustrack R, Metz L, Ward D. PMID: 30180094.
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    28. The interaction of depression and prior opioid use on pain and opioid requirements after total joint arthroplasty. Arthroplast Today. 2018 Dec; 4(4):464-469. Rubenstein W, Grace T, Croci R, Ward D. PMID: 30560177; PMCID: PMC6287236.
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    29. 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 07; 33(7):2263-2267. Patterson JT, Tillinghast K, Ward D. PMID: 29551305.
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    30. Hip Fractures and the Bundle: A Cost Analysis of Patients Undergoing Hip Arthroplasty for Femoral Neck Fracture vs Degenerative Joint Disease. J Arthroplasty. 2018 06; 33(6):1681-1685. Grace TR, Patterson JT, Tangtiphaiboontana J, Krogue JD, Vail TP, Ward DT. PMID: 29506928.
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    31. Complications of Morbid Obesity in Total Joint Arthroplasty: Risk Stratification Based on BMI. J Arthroplasty. 2015 Sep; 30(9 Suppl):42-6. Ward DT, Metz LN, Horst PK, Kim HT, Kuo AC. PMID: 26117070.
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    32. Risk factors for periprosthetic joint infection following primary total hip arthroplasty: a case control study. J Arthroplasty. 2014 Jan; 29(1):154-6. Bozic KJ, Ward DT, Lau EC, Chan V, Wetters NG, Naziri Q, Odum S, Fehring TK, Mont MA, Gioe TJ, Della Valle CJ. PMID: 23702271.
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    33. Cost and effectiveness of postoperative fever diagnostic evaluation in total joint arthroplasty patients. J Arthroplasty. 2010 Sep; 25(6 Suppl):43-8. Ward DT, Hansen EN, Takemoto SK, Bozic KJ. PMID: 20452174.
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    34. Integrating surgical skills education into the anatomy laboratory. J Surg Res. 2010 Jan; 158(1):36-42. Zaid H, Ward D, Sammann A, Tendick F, Topp KS, Maa J. PMID: 19159909.
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    35. A surgical skills elective to expose preclinical medical students to surgery. J Surg Res. 2007 Oct; 142(2):287-94. Sammann A, Tendick F, Ward D, Zaid H, O'Sullivan P, Ascher N. PMID: 17640670.
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