Welcome to the
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

The Stanford University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is dedicated to providing excellent patient care and outstanding education for students, residents, and fellows in the fields of orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal medicine. We are committed to advancing knowledge related to the care of conditions of the musculoskeletal system through basic science and clinical research. We focus on patient care in each of these orthopaedic subspecialties: adult reconstruction and joint replacement, sports medicine, spine surgery, surgery of the hand and wrist, surgery of the shoulder and elbow, surgery of the foot and ankle, musculoskeletal tumor surgery, orthopaedic trauma surgery, pediatric orthopaedics, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

We look forward to being able to provide enhanced orthopaedic care for our patients and to continue contributing to the global orthopaedic surgery knowledge base.



Western Orthopaedic Association President, William J. Maloney, MD

Dr. William J. Maloney, Stanford Orthopaedic Surgery Department Chair, continues his dedication to the Western Orthopaedic Association as the President on the Board of Directors, effective Summer 2019.  We look forward to all of the wonderful things to come for the association and community.

Dr. Serena Hu, AOA Second President-Elect

History In The Making

As the oldest orthopaedic association in the world, the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) elected Stanford Orthopaedic Surgery's Chief of Spine and Professor, Dr. Serena Hu, as the AOA Second President-Elect during the June 2019 annual Meeting.  Dr. Hu's position paves the way for her Presidential-Elect in 2022, of which will make history as she will be the first woman president of the AOA.   Dr. Hu brilliantly exudes a lifetime of education, research, experience, patient commitment, community involvement, innovation, and leadership in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery.  We are delighted to honor her success, and all that is to come, including the 2022 Annual Meeting which Dr. Hu will be accompanied by our very own Dr. Steven Frick as the 2022 Annual Meeting Program Chair. 


Dr. Matthew Smuck Elected 2019-2021 SIS President

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Smuck, Stanford Orthopaedics Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Associate Professor, as he was elected president of the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) on August 16, 2019 at the Society’s Annual Meeting, which was held in New York City.

Dr. Steven Frick, Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Stanford Children's Hospital, and POSNA President, addresses the community in his Spring 2019 President's Letter.  

Bleck Day 2019

2019 Eugene Bleck Visiting Professors

The Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery was honored to have two of our own faculty as this year's 2019 Eugene Bleck Visiting Professors. A dinner was held in their honor on Tuesday, October 1st, attended by faculty, spouses, and former Stanford residents who trained with Drs. Rinsky and Gamble. Dr. Lawrence Rinsky joined the faculty after completing his residency (1972-1976), and is in his 48th year here at Stanford University. Dr. James Gamble has been Dr. Rinsky's partner, and a member of the faculty since 1982.

The visiting professorship involved lectures by Dr. Rinsky and Dr. Gamble, followed by interviews, their history's here at Stanford, and shared wisdom and advice to the gathered crowd of residents, fellows, faculty, and former residents and colleagues. The visiting professors then turned the tables and interviewed members of the current pediatric faculty, showing multiple cases with long-term follow-up.

The day lived up to the expectations of Dr. Rinsky and Dr. Gamble's mentor, Eugene Bleck, a visionary leader in orthopedics who established the pediatric orthopedic program here and for whom the day is named.

Celebrating Women in Medicine! #WIMMonth 2019

The American Medical Association (AMA) spotlights Women in Medicine Month (#WIMmonth) each September, with this year’s theme being “Women in Medicine: Trailblazers, Advocates, Leaders.”  The Stanford Orthopaedic Surgery Department is proud to honor and recognize the dedication of our trailblazing female physicians and their commitment to patient care, research, education, and innovation.  Meet our Orthopaedic leaders in the divisions of Foot & Ankle, Hand & Upper Extremity, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spine, and Sports Medicine:


Join us in warmly welcoming our newest faculty to the Stanford Ortho Team:

Robert Millard, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spine 

Dr. Millard joined as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Spine Physiatry Clinical Associate Professor in the Stanford Health Care Los Gatos clinic, and does procedures at the Redwood City Stanford Outpatient Center. He has served the San Jose community for over 25 years and has been a team physician for both the San Francisco 49rs and San Jose Sharks. 

Click here to learn more about Dr. Millard

Seth Sherman, MD

Sports Medicine

Dr. Sherman joins us as an Associate Professor and team physician for the Stanford Cardinals Football team. Prior to joining our team, he served as assistant team physician for the Chicago Bulls and White Sox, and served as team physician for the Mizzou Tigers in the NCAA SEC conference. He is the chairman of the AAOS Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy committee and holds leadership positions in several other organizations (AOSSM, AANA, ISAKOS, ICRS), and is a member of the prestigious international ACL and Patellofemoral Study Groups.

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Michael Tseng, MD


Dr. Tseng joined us on August 5, 2019 at the SHC ValleyCare, Pleasanton Spine Clinic as a Clinical Assistant Professor.  He has been a community provider at various off site locations such as Webster Orthopaedic Medical Group, Alta Bates Medical Center, Berkeley, and San Ramon Regional Medical Center. 

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Physician Spotlight

Congratulations to Dr. Robin Kamal, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center, was recently awarded the Friedenberg Clinician-Scientist Grant from the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) for his project “Developing and Testing a Tool for Preference Elicitation in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.” This grant is funded by the Zachary B. and Mrs. Kathleen Friedenberg Endowment Fund.  

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford, Derek F. Amanatullah, MD, PhD, is developing novel ways to treat infected joint replacements.