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About Dr. Diao

Dr. Edward Diao is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon serving patients in San Francisco, California. He is currently welcoming new patients at Edward Diao, MD.


Dr. Diao is a first-generation American who was born and raised in New York City, where he attended the Bronx High School of Science. He attended Harvard University on a scholarship, graduating Magna Cum Laude, with Highest Honors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Dr. Diao received his MD degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and was awarded by the New York Orthopaedic Hospital Award for Outstanding Achievement in Orthopaedic Surgery.


Dr. Diao completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital under the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Program, and he received the Resident Teacher of the Year Award, served as chief resident, and received a Cave Fellowship for research. Dr. Diao completed his fellowship for hand and upper extremity surgery at the Roosevelt Hospital Hand Surgery Service in New York City under William Littler, Richard Eaton, and Steve Glickel.

He was recruited from his faculty position at the State University of New York by the University of California, San Francisco in 1993, and served as Chief of the Division of Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgery for 13 years. He established post-graduate fellowships in clinical care and research, and ran a NIH funded Basic Science Laboratory while running the clinical department and training programs. With a multitude of lectureships, and research grants to his name, Dr. Diao has been at the forefront of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery for three decades. He has trained surgeons and scientists from all over the world. He is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurovascular Surgery (Emeritus) at the University of California, San Francisco. He has held leadership committee and board positions at all the premier specialty societies including, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Orthopedic Association, and the California Orthopedic Association.

To make an appointment with Dr. Edward Diao, please contact the office today.

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