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ABOUT DR. WOLFSON

Dr. Nikolaj Wolfson is recognized around the world for his many contributions to the field of orthopedic surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with proven expertise in the replacement of the hip, knee, and shoulder joints, hip joint resurfacing, hip, knee, and ankle arthroscopy, and other reconstructive joint procedures. At his private practice in San Francisco, Dr. Wolfson puts his patients first and develops highly effective and customized treatment plans.

A pioneer in his field, Dr. Wolfson was one of the first surgeons to implement a Direct Anterior approach for hip replacement surgery. He learned the Ilizarov Technique under the tutelage of Professor G.A. Ilizarov, and he is one of an elite few in North America who practice this groundbreaking procedure for limb lengthening and reconstruction. Dr. Wolfson was also one of the first surgeons in San Francisco to use ConforMIS, knee implants that are designed specifically to perfectly fit each patient’s unique anatomy—both the femur and tibia.

Dr. Wolfson received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, and after completing his residency at the University of Western Ontario he undertook a fellowship in Adult Joint Replacement and Orthopaedic Trauma at the University of Toronto. He has also served as Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

A prolific author, Dr. Wolfson has published numerous abstracts, presented at conferences worldwide, and written several books. His most recent is the 2016 book entitled Orthopedics in Disasters, published by Springer.

Dr. Wolfson continually volunteers his time and expertise to natural disaster missions around the world. When a massive earthquake struck Haiti in 2010 and Nepal in 2015, he traveled to these devastated areas with groups of other dedicated surgeons, working tirelessly to treat those who were critically injured. He is also leading a disaster Orthopedic Initiative with the world’s largest international orthopedic organization, SICOT, where he serves on the board of directors.

Dr. Nikolaj Wolfson

I teach my patients to be integral partners in their treatment and offer state-of-the-art, customized solutions.

DR. NIKOLAJ WOLFSON

Personal Interests

Outside the office, Dr. Wolfson is a prolific writer, authoring numerous abstracts on orthopedics, in addition to co-authoring the book Orthopedics in Disasters. He’s also leading a disaster Orthopedic Initiative with the world’s largest international orthopedic organization, SICOT, and is involved in San Francisco FleetWeek, a unique training and education program that brings together civilian and military forces to develop and share best practices in humanitarian assistance and emergency disaster response. While he enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and traveling, medicine is Dr. Wolfson’s number one hobby, and he happily commits personal time to the study of new orthopedic technology, making sure he can always offer patients the best possible care. When he’s not studying, he’s inventing medical devices that help improve the efficacy of orthopedic procedures. Dr. Wolfson is also a former boxer with two national championships under his belt.

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Education and Experience

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For Dr. Wolfson, education and attaining knowledge are lifelong pursuits. He educates each patient about their conditions and surgical procedures, so they can be active participants in improving their own outcomes. Dr. Wolfson also recognizes the importance of learning and implementing the latest techniques into practice, such as robotics and minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Wolfson co-authored Orthopedics in Disasters, a resource addressing the treatment of orthopedic injuries in natural disasters and mass casualty events.

  • 1976
    Undergraduate

    University of Grodno, Belarus

  • 1981
    Medical School

    Tel Aviv University

    Medical Doctor

  • 1989
    Internship

    University Of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    Rotating

  • 1993
    Residency

    University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

    Orthopedic Surgery

  • 1994
    Fellowship

    University of Toronto

    Orthopaedic Reconstruction and Trauma

Certifications and Memberships

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American Board Of Orthopedic Surgery
Certificate

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Royal College Of Physicians And Surgeons
Certificate

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American Academy Of Orthopedic Surgeons
Member

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American College Of Surgeons
Member

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California Orthopaedic Association
Member

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Canadian Orthopaedic Association
Member

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Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie
Member

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The Association for the Study and Application of Methods of Ilizarov North America
Member

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Israel Orthopedic Association
Member

PUBLICATIONS


Zinman C, Wolfson N, Reis ND.
Osteochondritis dissecans of the dome of the talus.
Computed tomography scanning in diagnosis and follow-up.
J Bone Joint Surg Am 70(7):1017-9, 1988

Wolfson N, Hearn T, Thomason J, Armstrong PF.
Force and stiffness changes during Ilizarov leg lengthening.
Clin. Orthop Relat Res 250: 58-60, 1990

Wolfson N, Galpin RD, Hearn TC, Willis RB.
Control of interfragmentary micromotion in Ilizarov distractional osteogenesis.
Bull Hosp Jt Dis 52(1):36-8, 1992

Hearn TC, Schatzker J, Wolfson N.
Extraction strength of cannulated cancellous bone screws.
J Orthop Trauma 7(2): 138-41, 1993

Chakarun CJ, Wolfson N.
Adult male with right shoulder pain: posterior sternoclavicular joint dislocation.
Ann Emerg Med. 2009 Jun; 53(6):714,745

Demetriou MD, Wiest A, Hofmann DC, Johnson WL, Han B, Wolfson N, Wang G and Liaw PK:
Amorphous metals for hard-tissue prosthesis.
JOM, submitted for publication, 2009

BOOKS


Amputation in combat trauma
, Wolfson N and Schecter S, Chapter 21, in Armed Conflict Injuries to the Extremities
by Lerner A and Soudry M (Editors)

Distraction Arthroplasty in Soft Tissue Reconstruction in the Upper Extremity
by Richards RR, Churchill Livingstone Inc. 1995

ABSTRACTS


Chakarun CJ, Tumyan L, Wolfson N, White EA, Forrester D.
Lisfranc fracture-dislocation: imaging findings with intraoperative correlation and postoperative imaging follow-up.
Educational exhibit presented at American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 2009.

Chakarun CJ, Tumyan L, Demetriades D, Wolfson N, White EA.
Sternoclavicular joint dislocations: imaging findings with intraoperative correlation.
Educational exhibit presented at American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 2009.

Koo J, Tumyan L, Chakarun CJ, White EA, Wolfson N.
Musculoskeletal corticosteroid injections: a step-by-step guide to common and innovative applications for the practicing radiologist.
Accepted, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2009.

Koo J, Tumyan L, Chakarun CJ, White EA, Wolfson N.
Musculoskeletal corticosteroid injections: a step-by-step guide to common and innovative applications for the practicing radiologist.
Educational exhibit presented at American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 2009.

Chakarun CJ, Tumyan L, Wolfson N, White EA, Forrester D.
Lisfranc fracture-dislocation: imaging findings with intraoperative correlation and postoperative imaging follow-up.
American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER) 2009.

Chakarun CJ, Tumyan L, Demetriades D, Wolfson N, White EA.
Sternoclavicular joint dislocations: imaging findings with intraoperative correlation.
American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER) 2009.