New Surgeon Heads Children's Hospital Pediatric Orthopedics

August 28, 2002
Contact: Janet Basu (415) 502-4608

Dr. Mohammad Diab, a surgeon who specializes in treating musculoskeletal conditions in children and teenagers, has joined the staff of UCSF Children's Hospital as chief of pediatric orthopedics.

His special areas of interest are spinal deformities, including scoliosis -- side to side curvature of the spine; kyphosis -- the exaggerated curve that results in a rounded or hunched back; and spondylolisthesis, a condition in which one vertebra slips forward on the one below it and that can result in long-term pain, as well as dysplasia of the hip and other hip disorders in children and adolescents.

Diab joined the department in July, coming from the University of Washington Medical Center, where he was a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and faculty member in the Department of Orthopedics and where he trained in general orthopedic surgery. He attended Stanford University, where he received bachelors' degrees in classics and biology and his medical degree, and Harvard University, where he completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery.

The UCSF Children's Hospital Orthopedics team has been caring for and managing the musculoskeletal disorders of infants, children and adolescents since 1934. It offers a full range of diagnostic capabilities and treatments, including physical therapy, child life specialists, infant stimulation programs, occupational therapy, rehabilitation services, pain management, social services, schoolteachers and casting to correct orthopedic conditions.

Diab is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America and the Scoliosis Research Society.

For information or to make an appointment, please call Pediatric Orthopedics at (415) 719-2401, which is a pager number. After the beep, press the keys for your number and then the "#" key.