Lesley Anderson, M.D.
Dr. Lesley Anderson has been a specialist in complex knee and shoulder problems since 1986. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania where she actively participated in
sports throughout college, specifically lacrosse and field hockey. She developed her interest in treating injuries of the knee and shoulder through her own personal
surgeries as a teenager, when orthopedic surgery was primitive compared with current techniques.
She received her BS at Penn State and completed her MD at Hershey Medical School at Penn State in 1976. At UCLA, Dr. Anderson was their first female orthopedic resident.
She completed a fellowship in Knee Surgery and Sportsmedicine at the Blazina Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Since moving to San Francisco in 1985, Dr. Anderson has
specialized in treating only knee and shoulder problems. She has been listed in Castle-Connelly’s “America’s Top Doctors” yearly from 2000-present. Doctors in this list
are nominated and selected by their orthopedic peers. She treats the gamut of teenage knee injuries up through total joint replacement.
She has been at the forefront in developing biologic resurfacing techniques of the knee for the past 20 years as an alternative to knee replacement. This has included
meniscus transplantation, fresh allografts for treating large cartilage defects of the knee, osteochondral autografts for smaller cartilage defects and autologous
cartilage implantation (Carticel) for cloning the patients’ own cartilage cells for treating cartilage defects. She also is a national speaker on the uses of Platelet
Rich Plasma or PRP in rotator cuff surgery and ligament reconstruction. She has extensive experience in treating complex ligament injuries of the knee including ACL,
PCL, and multiple ligament knee injuries. She volunteered for the Olympic Games in LA in 1984. Her current clinical and research interests are in treating shoulder and
knee injuries with platelet rich plasma and continued biologic treatments for cartilage injuries of the knee. She is committed to education of the patient and offering
choices for treatment of knee and shoulder injuries.
She is dedicated in providing the highest quality and scope of care to our patients. She individualizes each patient's care with the focus on finding the best solution,
be it nonsurgical or surgical for each person's orthopedic problem. She enjoys developing long-term relationships with our patients and strives to provide a comfortable
environment for patients to receive help with their orthopedic problems.
Ideally, her care will help a patient avoid surgery in the first place. However, Dr. Anderson also understands that surgery a very frightening process for patients,
having been one herself. The loss of control is a real feeling. She hopes to assist in making that process more comfortable by providing information and resources
for an informed decision and experience. Our staff will there to assist you through the whole process so the patient can have the best outcome possible.
Dr. Anderson sees patients in her main San Francisco office located in Pacific Heights (415-923-3029). The office is located next to the California Pacific Medical
Center – Pacific Campus (CPMC).
Dr. Anderson is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North
America as well as the first woman member of SICOT, a prestigious international organization of Orthopedic Surgeons. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic
Surgery at UCSF and is committed to teaching medical students and residents in her office. She is also Chair of the Workers Compensation Committee of the California
Orthopedic Association and is on the Board of Directors of the COA.
Please click here for her complete Curriculum Vitae.
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