Ken Hsu, MD, Director of Spine Surgery with St. Mary’s Medical Center

Get to know Director of Spine Surgery Dr. Ken Hsu, who serves the population of California.

Dr. Hsu career in medicine began in 1976 when he graduated with his Medical Degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. After medical school, Dr. Hsu completed his internship with the Loma Linda Medical Center, California, followed by his residency with Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco. Driven to further his expertise and knowledge, he undertook his second residency at the San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program, followed by his fellowship in Spine and Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Hong Kong. He currently practices as the Director of Spine Surgery with St. Mary’s Medical Center and President of San Francisco Orthopaedic Surgeons Medical Group and is affiliated with Brown & Toland Physicians and Sutter Medical Network

Dr. Hsu is world-renowned as a co-inventor of the X-STOP device, a minimally invasive surgical solution for patients with symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis and the first Interspinous Decompression Device (IPD) to be approved by FDA for use in the United States. X-STOP has started an era of Interspinous Process Decompression both in the US and in the rest of the world. He presented at numerous national and international conferences on the topics of spine surgery and the X-STOP procedure. Dr. Hsu has also authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters in surgical textbooks. Dr. Hsu was among the first spine surgeons to use pedicle screw fixation of the spine in the Western United States. Well-known for his astuteness and unique humor, Dr. Hsu has participated in numerous clinical trials of spine surgical devices, including X-STOP, Flexicore and Prodisc lumbar total disc replacement and Cervicore cervical total disc replacement.

Orthopaedic surgeons are devoted to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Some orthopaedists are generalists, while others specialize in certain areas of the body, others specialty focuses include shoulder and elbow, hand, and spine. Orthopaedic surgeons treat broken bones, and replace painful joints, and also treat patients for sports injuries, back pain, ruptured discs and spinal stenosis, bone tumors, carpal tunnel, hand arthritis and hand injuries, club foot, bow legs and hip dysplasia, orthopaedic trauma, limb lengthening, achilles tendon injuries, bunions and foot and ankle injuries, osteoporosis, and arthritis.

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Through his findatopdoc profile, Through his profile with San Francisco Spine Surgeons,, he can be contacted at (415) 750-5570, and is located in San Francisco, CA.

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