Nikolaj Wolfson, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Nikolaj Wolfson, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Sutter Health, CPMC

(415) 691-4704 


Sutter Health, CPMC
2300 Sutter St Suite 207
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 691-4704 
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Dr. Nikolaj Wolfson, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certified, MD, FRCSC, FACS is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of arthritis, orthopaedic trauma, and trauma complications in both children and adults. After graduating from The Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, Dr. Wolfson went on to complete his residency at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada and a fellowship in Adult Joint Replacement and Orthopaedic Trauma at the University of Toronto, Canada. Prior to his private practice, he held a full-time appointment at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Dr. Wolfson has developed clinical expertise in the following areas of orthopaedic surgery: the replacement of the hip, knee, and shoulder joints; hip joint resurfacing; hip, knee, and ankle arthroscopy; and other reconstructive joint procedures. Additionally, Dr. Wolfson treats complex fractures and their complications as well as sports injuries. He was one of the earliest practitioners of the Ilizarov Technique in North America.

Recognized around the world for his many contributions to the field of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Wolfson was one of the first surgeons to implement the Direct Anterior approach for hip replacement surgery. He also has a special interest in joint and limb preservation surgery, a challenging and evolving field of orthopaedics.

Dr. Wolfson is a member of several national and international medical societies and is active in orthopaedic research and education. As a visiting scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena he was involved in developing cutting-edge surgical technology. In addition to his inventions and patents, Dr. Wolfson has written extensively about orthopaedic surgery and his work has been published in leading orthopaedic journals and books.

Dr. Wolfson has also volunteered his time and expertise in natural disaster response around the world. When a massive earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, he travelled to the devastated area and, along with a group of dedicated surgeons, worked tirelessly to treat those who were critically injured (learn more here). He is now leading a Disaster Orthopaedic Initiative with the world’s largest international orthopaedic organization, SICOT, where he serves on the board of directors.

Current Appointment:Orthopedic Surgeon Sutter Health, CPMC

Medical School:The Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel

Residency:University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada

Fellowship:Adult Joint Replacement and Orthopaedic Trauma at the University of Toronto, Canada

Board Certified:American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery