Jim Zucherman, MD

Dr. Jim Zucherman specializes in the surgical treatment of degenerative conditions of the spine. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Zucherman graduated with honors from the University of Southern California in 1970. He received his Medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas in 1974. Following that he completed his internship at Los Angeles County - USC General Hospital in 1975 and a General Surgery residency at Mt. Zion Medical Center in 1977. Subsequently, he completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program in 1981 and a pediatric/ orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship at the Duchess of Kent Children's Orthopaedic Hospital of the University of Hong Kong in 1982.

He joined San Francisco Orthopaedic Surgeons Medical Group in 1983 and is one of the senior spine partners in the group. He is a program co-director of the Stanford/ St. Mary’s Hospital Combined Spine Surgery Fellowship Program and has been one of the founding members of the St. Mary’s Spine Center.

Dr. Jim Zucherman has pioneered numerous surgical techniques. He developed and performed the first laparoscopic lumbar spinal fusion and performed the first percutaneous cervical discectomy in the United States. With his partners Dr. Hsu and White, he performed the first pedicle screw instrumentation case West of the Mississippi. He has been a Principle FDA investigator for many lumbar and cervical new technology trials. He is currently principle investigator for Prodisc, and Flexicore FDA lumbar disk replacement trials, the minimally invasive X-Stop and Wallace devices FDA trials, and Cervicore and Prestige cervical disc replacement trials.

Dr. Zucherman is world-renowned as the inventor and co-developer of the X-STOP, the interspinous process device that revolutionized the surgical treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis and is the only FDA-approved interspinous process device in the U.S. He has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and surgical textbooks and presented his research at the conferences worldwide. He is currently developing the Staflex motion preservation minimally invasive spine stabilization device through Spartek, Inc.

Dr. Zucherman’s special interests include interspinous process decompression, motion-preservation in the cervical/ lumbar spine and total disk arthroplasty.

San Francisco Orthopaedic Surgeons
spine surgery, joint replacement, and sports medicine


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