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Sanjeev Sabharwal


Pediatric orthopedic surgeon
Leader in limb deformities, grateful husband and father

Dr. Sanjeev Sabharwal is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who treats children and young adults with a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, such as limb deformities, limb length discrepancies, and skeletal trauma. As an expert in surgical limb reconstruction, Sabharwal directs the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Center at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. He is the program director for the pediatric orthopedic fellowship at UCSF and previously served as the director and chief of orthopedics at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland.

Sabharwal’s research focuses on pediatric lower limb deformities, including Blount disease (a growth disorder of the shinbone that causes bowlegs). He also studies the motivations and impact of orthopedic medicine volunteerism. He is actively engaged in global outreach and bidirectional learning, which aims to enrich medical education by encouraging academic partnerships among institutions with varying resource levels.

Sabharwal earned his medical degree at Maulana Azad Medical College in India. He completed a residency in general surgery at Mercy Health – St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital and a residency in orthopedics at the University of British Columbia. He then completed fellowships in clinical orthopedics at Boston University School of Medicine, pediatric orthopedics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and pediatric orthopedics at Shriners Hospitals for Children. He also completed a fellowship in limb lengthening and reconstruction at the International Center for Limb Lengthening.

Prior to joining UCSF, Sabharwal served as the chief of pediatric orthopedics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where he was a professor of orthopedics and the residency program director. He also earned a master of public health degree at Rutgers.

Sabharwal is the past president of the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society. He has served as an examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery since 2010 and is the sole honorary member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of India. He serves as a deputy editor of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery and is the editor of a comprehensive textbook on lower limb deformities in children.

  • Education

    Maulana Azad Medical College, MD, 1985

  • Residencies

    St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, General Surgery, 1988

    University of British Columbia, Orthopedics, 1994

  • Fellowships

    Boston University School of Medicine, Clinical Orthopedics, 1990

    Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Pediatric Orthopedics, 1995

    International Center for Limb Lengthening, Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction, 1996

    Shriners for Children Medical Center, Pediatric Orthopedics, 1996

  • Board Certifications

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • Academic Title


It's very fulfilling to integrate patient care with lifelong learning. I'm fascinated by our ability to harness the healing power of the human body.

Where I see patients (5)

    My work

    Meet Dr. Sabharwal

    Making a lifelong impact on a child’s life

    Meet Dr. Sanjeev Sabharwal, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and director of the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Center at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. He specializes in treating patients with limb deformities and skeletal trauma.

    Pediatric Lower Limb Deformities

    An important textbook in the field of pediatric orthopedics, edited by Dr. Sanjeev Sabharwal

    Limb surgery: one patient's journey

    After two limb surgeries, Kamila is getting stronger. Read about her success and aspirations.

    Soothing the soul

    Our music therapy program nurtures patients with bedside serenades, rap workshops and more.

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