San Francisco Orthopaedic Surgeons
San Francisco Orthopaedic Surgeons is one of the oldest orthopaedic
surgery groups in the United States with our history going back to
We offer state-of-the-art comprehensive care of musculoskeletal
conditions. Our group consists of six board-certified orthopaedic
surgeons and four orthopaedic physician assistants. Our doctors are
fellowship-trained in spine surgery, joint replacement, and sports
medicine and are considered to be among the leaders in their fields.
We are actively involved in orthopaedic research and education.
Our surgeons run both the San Francisco
Orthopaedic Residency Program as well as the California Combined
Spine Surgery Fellowship Program affiliated with Stanford University.
Every year, we have several publications in peer-reviewed journals,
present abstracts and posters at international conferences, and participate
in several clinical trials involving new surgical devices and experimental
As a group, we offer the best of both the academic world and private
practice setting, providing cutting edge surgical techniques and a
very personal approach to every patient we see and care for.
San Francisco Orthopaedic
Surgeons Medical Group, Incorporated
John J. Loutzenheiser started his practice at St. Mary’s
Hospital in San Francisco. That practice would later become
San Francisco Orthopaedics, and then after a time San Francisco
Orthopaedic Surgeons Medical Group, Inc.
Dr. Loutzenheiser joins the Army in 1942, the lowest point
in the battle of World War II for the Allied Forces, and he
is given the rank of Colonel as an Orthopaedic Consultant.
Dr. Loutzenheiser returns to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he
practiced until his retirement in 1966.
Dr. Loutzenheiser made Orthopaedics an independent department;
previously it had been a subdivision of the General Surgery
Dr. Loutzenheiser asks Dr. Lloyd W. Taylor to join him in
San Francisco in orthopaedic practice. Dr. Taylor had been the
head of the orthopaedic department at Walter Reed Hospital in
Washington, DC and the Chief of Staff at Letterman Hospital
in San Francisco. He was being groomed to be the Surgeon General
of the United States Army, but turned down the offer when he
was told that he would have to stop seeing patients. He also
was a fully trained Pharmacist prior to becoming an Orthopaedic
Surgeon. Dr. Taylor joined Dr. Loutzenheiser in 1963 and became
the head of the St. Mary’s Orthopaedic Residency Training Program.
Dr. Taylor brought several independent hospital residency
programs together in 1964—St. Mary’s, St, Luke’s, St. Joseph’s,
Mary’s Help (now Seton Hospital), French Hospital, and Kaiser
Hospital. Dr. Taylor created the Combined San Francisco Orthopaedic
Surgeons Residency Training Program; at a later date the word
‘Combined’ was dropped. Dr. Taylor remained the Director of
the San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program until his untimely
death in 1983 at age 67.
Dr. Gar Wynne joined San Francisco Orthopaedics in 1965 and
was extremely well trained in all aspects of general orthopaedics.
He retired from orthopaedics in April 2006, but prior to that
he was Intern of the Year at Trippler Army Hospital in 1956
and also Resident of the Year in 1959 at Trippler Army Hospital
in Hawaii. He resigned from the United States Army Medical Corps,
where he had served from 1956 to 1965; he resigned from the
Army in 1965 when Dr. Lloyd Taylor requested him to join Dr.
Taylor. He was Chief of Staff at St. Mary’s Hospital 1980 to
1982, and he was the Director of the San Francisco Orthopaedic
Residency Training Program from 1983 to 2006.
Dr. Richard B. Welch joined SFOSMG in 1970. He did a fellowship
(registrar) with Professor John Charnley in 1970 in England;
Professor Charnley was the man who developed the Total Hip Procedure.
Dr. Welch was one of the first physicians licensed by the Food
& Drug Administration (FDA) to use cement for total hips.
He gained much fame and many accolades from 1970 to 2005, when
he retired from San Francisco Orthopaedic Surgeons.
In 1969, San Francisco Orthopaedic Surgeons Medical Group,
Inc. was formed and was the first medical group in California
to become incorporated.
Dr. Arthur H. White joined SFOSMG in 1972 after doing a fellowship
in spine surgery in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. White gained fame
for the spine surgery on Joe Montana, the 49ers star quarterback,
who was able to return to playing with the San Francisco 49ers
football team in six weeks after his spine surgery done by Dr.
White. In 1987, the documentary program 20/20 did a 20-minute
special segment called The Montana Miracle, and San Francisco
Orthopaedics had to add more telephone lines to handle all the
national and international calls for referrals of spine surgery.
Dr. Joseph F. Haggerty
graduated from medical school and joined Dr. Lloyd Milburn as
assistant team physician to the San Francisco 49er football
team upon graduation from medical school in 1971. Dr. Haggerty
did this concurrently with his post-graduate medical training
in General Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery in the San Francisco
Combined program. Dr. Haggerty became the head team doctor for
the San Francisco 49ers when Dr. Milburn retired, and Dr. Haggerty
left the San Francisco 49ers in 1979. Dr. Haggerty joined SFOSMG
in 1978 at the request of Dr. Lloyd Taylor. Dr. Haggerty started
one of the first sports medicine clinics in Northern California
in 1979 and also spent 30 years volunteering as the team orthopaedic
physician for the Division I sports teams at the Jesuit University
of San Francisco.
Dr. James Zucherman
joined SFOSMG in 1983, specializing in spine surgery and working
closely with Dr. Arthur White. Dr. Zucherman became the Director
of the St. Mary’s Spine Center in 1988 and continues to hold
that position at the present time.
Dr. Ken Hsu joined
SFOSMG in 1984 after completing a spine fellowship in Hong Kong.
Dr. Zucherman and Dr. Hsu gained fame in the spine community
two years ago when they developed the X-Stop, a relatively low-risk
and relatively easy procedure for patients of almost any age
with spinal stenosis or foraminal stenosis.
Dr. William McGann
also joined the San Francisco Orthopaedic Surgeons in 1984,
immediately after Dr. Hsu. Dr. McGann did a total joint fellowship
with Dr. William Harris at Mass. General Hospital. In 2005,
Dr. McGann became the head of the Orthopaedic department at
St. Mary’s Hospital, and in 2006 Dr. McGann became the Director
of the San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Training Program.
Dr. William Montgomery,
III joined SFOSMG in 1992. Dr. Montgomery had just completed
a fellowship in sports medicine with the famed Dr. Kerlan and
Dr. Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Dr. Montgomery has
been the team doctor for the San Francisco Giants baseball team,
the San Francisco Spiders hockey team, and is currently the
USF head team physician, plus Dr. Montgomery is the team doctor
for numerous San Francisco high schools, including current team
doctor for Sacred Heart Cathedral High School.
Kondrashov joined SFOSMG in 2006 after completing the Combined
St. Mary’s and Stanford Hospital Spine Fellowship. In addition
to his spine training, he is well trained in trauma surgery.
Dr. Kondrashov is fluent in both English and Russian.