Coleen Sabatini, MD, MPH

Director and Chief of Orthopedics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
Pediatric orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Coleen Sabatini is an orthopedic surgeon who cares for pediatric patients with clubfoot and other foot deformities, limb deformities, hip and spine disorders, limb length discrepancies and traumatic injuries such as fractures. She also directs the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland dance medicine program and cares for dancers with musculoskeletal complaints. She is the director and chief of orthopedics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

Her research interests include global health, ways to prevent and treat traumatic injuries in young people, and improving access to orthopedic care for children who live in areas with limited resources.

Sabatini earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School and her master of public health degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She completed a residency in orthopedic surgery through the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, where she was chief resident during her final year. She completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Sabatini is active in orthopedic work internationally including education and research in Uganda. She belongs to a number of organizations including: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, California Orthopaedic Association, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.


Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5B
San Francisco, CA 94158
Appointments: (415) 353-7823
Fax: (415) 353-7478

Orthopedic Surgery at Oakland
744 52nd Street
Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 428-3238

More about Coleen Sabatini


UC San Diego, Biology, Dance 1997
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, MPH 2004
Harvard Medical School 2004


Harvard, Orthopedic Surgery 2009


Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Pediatric Orthopedics 2010

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Alves K, Penny N, Kobusingye O, Olupot R, Katz JN, Sabatini CS. Paediatric musculoskeletal disease in Kumi District, Uganda: a cross-sectional survey. Int Orthop. 2018 Apr 02.
  2. Pennock AT, Edmonds EW, Bae DS, Kocher MS, Li Y, Farley FA, Ellis HB, Wilson PL, Nepple J, Gordon JE, Willimon SC, Busch MT, Spence DD, Kelly DM, Pandya NK, Sabatini CS, Shea KG, Heyworth BE. Adolescent clavicle nonunions: potential risk factors and surgical management. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Jan; 27(1):29-35.
  3. Goodman LF, St-Louis E, Yousef Y, Cheung M, Ure B, Ozgediz D, Ameh EA, Bickler S, Poenaru D, Oldham K, Farmer D, Lakhoo K. The Global Initiative for Children's Surgery: Optimal Resources for Improving Care. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2018 Feb; 28(1):51-59.
  4. O'Shea RM, Sabatini CS. What is new in idiopathic clubfoot? Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2016 Dec; 9(4):470-477.
  5. Theologis AA, Anaya A, Sabatini C, Sucato DJ, Parent S, Erickson M, Diab M. Surgical Consent of Children and Guardians for the Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is Incompletely Informed. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Jan; 41(1):53-61.
  6. Heffernan MJ, Gordon JE, Sabatini CS, Keeler KA, Lehmann CL, O'Donnell JC, Seehausen DA, Luhmann SJ, Arkader A. Treatment of femur fractures in young children: a multicenter comparison of flexible intramedullary nails to spica casting in young children aged 2 to 6 years. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Mar; 35(2):126-9.
  7. Sabatini CS, Curtis TA, Mahan ST. Patient-based outcomes after tibia fracture in children and adolescents. Open Orthop J. 2014; 8:41-8.
  8. Sabatini CS, Skaggs KF, Kay RM, Skaggs DL. Orthopedic surgeons are less likely to see children now for fracture care compared with 10 years ago. J Pediatr. 2012 Mar; 160(3):505-7.

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