SF Ortho Residency

Program Goal

To increase orthopaedic excellence at St. Mary’s and wherever orthopaedic medicine is practiced. We believe that the care of individual patients requires a commitment to the health of the community, to the optimal use of medical care resources, and to personal scholarly activity.


St. Mary’s Medical Center has been a leader in orthopaedic surgeries for over 50 years. Supporting that success can be directly related to the high quality of physicians and surgeons who join St. Mary’s after participating in our 5-year orthopaedic residency program.

San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program (SFORP) graduates are highly visible throughout the country. In addition to St. Mary’s Medical Center, many go on to successful careers and bring advanced techniques to small towns and large metropolitan cities. The program fulfills a true community service by producing doctors with thriving practices throughout the US, from Alaska to Texas to Hawaii to Maryland.

The SFORP has three surgery residency positions each year with a total of fifteen residents participating annually in the program. Residents learn all aspects of orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal medicine, including: joints, trauma, spine/foot and ankle, sports/plastic surgery, general orthopaedics.

One of eight programs in California, SFROP continues to create an intimate and hands-on core scholastic curriculum, emphasizing didactic learning through academic preparation and research. Current residents represent renowned medical schools, such as, Columbia, Creighton, Georgetown, UCSF, and USC.

Philanthropy will:

  • Enable the students to broaden their experience beyond the classroom by attending national conventions to present research papers and findings.

  • Purchase costly supplies, medical text books, cadavers, etc.

  • Maintain surgical simulation teaching, improve equipment, and support lectures.

William McGann, MD is the director of the residency program. He started his orthopaedic career in 1979 as a resident at SFORP and returned to the San Francisco Orthopaedic Surgeons in 1984 after fellowship at Harvard.

Dr. McGann has received several awards for teaching. He became Chairman and Program Director for the SFORP in 2005. Under his leadership, the program has become one of the best in the nation.




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