Derek Ward, MD

Associate Professor
School of Medicine
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Education and Training

Williams College, Williamstown, MA, B.A. - 06/2002 History

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, M.D. - 06/2010

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, Residency - 06/2015 Orthopaedic Surgery

The Rothman Institute, Philadelphia, Fellowship - 07/2016 Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction

University of California, San Francisco, CA 2019 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

Awards and Honors

James A. Rand Young Investigator Award, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, 2009

Leroy C. Abbott – Verne T. Inman Society Award for Outstanding Resident Research, 2012

James O. Johnston Resident Research Award, 2014

First Place, Pacific Coast OREF/ORS Research Symposium, 2014

UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Global Health Scholar, 2015

Leroy C. Abbott – Verne T. Inman Society Award for Outstanding Resident Research, 2015

John Charnley Award, Hip Society, 2021
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.