V. Salil Upasani, M.D.


Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery-Hip, Orthopedic Surgery-Spine, Orthopedic Surgery-Trauma


3020 Children's Way
MC 5062
San Diego, CA 92123


Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery-Hip, Orthopedic Surgery-Spine, Orthopedic Surgery-Trauma


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA

Rady Children's Specialists

Medical School

University of California - San Diego


University Calif. San Diego


University Calif. San Diego


Childrens Hospital of Boston

Board Certifications

Orthopedic Surgery




Dr. V. Salil Upasani is a pediatric fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and an assistant clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Upasani graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with highest departmental honors in physiological sciences and a specialization in business administration. He subsequently attended medical school and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at UC San Diego. During this time, he received funding from the National Institutes of Health to be the Ruth L. Kirschstein research fellow at Rady Children's, where he developed a passion for pediatric hip and spine conditions. Dr. Upasani then completed his fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at Boston Children's Hospital.

Dr. Upasani treats all general pediatric orthopedic conditions, with a special interest in hip and spine disorders in children, adolescents and young adults. He is also working to develop a center at Rady Children's to treat congenital and developmental hip and spine disorders in physiologically young and active adult patients. Dr. Upasani's research areas include scoliosis, spondylolysis, hip dysplasia, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, femoroacetabular impingement and hip preservation. His work has been published in orthopedic journals, and he has received numerous research grants and awards from national and international organizations.

Dr. Upasani is a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, the American Orthopedic Association Emerging Leaders Program (AOA-ELP), the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and Scoliosis Research Society.

His interests outside of medicine include golf, hiking and travelling, but he spends most of his free time running after his three children.


Iatrogenic Hip Instability Is a Devastating Complication After the Modified Dunn Procedure for Severe Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis.
Upasani VV, Birke O, Klingele KE, Millis MB, International SCFE Study Group.

Femoral Neck Aspiration Aids in the Diagnosis of Osteomyelitis In Children With Septic Hip.
Schlung JE, Bastrom TP, Roocroft JH, Newton PO, Mubarak SJ, Upasani VV

A Medial Portal for Hip Arthroscopy in Children With Septic Arthritis: A Safety Study.
Edmonds EW, Lin C, Farnsworth CL, Bomar JD, Upasani VV

Analysis of spinal alignment and pelvic parameters on upright radiographs: implications for acetabular development.
Pytiak A, Bomar JD, Peterson JB, Schmitz MR, Pennock AT, Wenger DR, Upasani VV

Defining the lateral edge of the femoroacetabular articulation: correlation analysis between radiographs and computed tomography.
Mittal A, Bomar JD, Jeffords ME, Huang MT, Wenger DR, Upasani VV

Prenatal diagnosis and assessment of congenital spinal anomalies: Review for prenatal counseling.
Upasani VV, Ketwaroo PD, Estroff JA, Warf BC, Emans JB, Glotzbecker MP

Secondary Ossification Center Appearance and Closure in the Pelvis and Proximal Femur.
Parvaresh KC, Upasani VV, Bomar JD, Pennock AT

Evaluation of Brace Treatment for Infant Hip Dislocation in a Prospective Cohort: Defining the Success Rate and Variables Associated with Failure.
Upasani VV, Bomar JD, Matheney TH, Sankar WN, Mulpuri K, Price CT, Moseley CF, Kelley SP, Narayanan U, Clarke NM, Wedge JH, Castañeda P, Kasser JR, Foster BK, Herrera-Soto JA, Cundy PJ, Williams N, Mubarak SJ

Predictors of Distal Adding-On in Thoracic Major Curves with AR Lumbar Modifiers.
Murphy JS, Upasani VV, Yaszay B, Bastrom TP, Bartley CE, Samdani A, Lenke LG, Newton PO

Advanced Containment With Triple Innominate Osteotomy in Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease: A Viable Option Even in Severe Cases.
Stepanovich M, Upasani VV, Bomar JD, Wenger DR

Closed Reduction and Percutaneous Pinning Versus Open Reduction and Internal Fixation for Type II Lateral Condyle Humerus Fractures in Children Displaced >2 mm.
Pennock AT, Salgueiro L, Upasani VV, Bastrom TP, Newton PO, Yaszay B

Rate and Risk Factors for Delayed Healing Following Surgical Treatment of Lateral Condyle Humerus Fractures in Children.
Salgueiro L, Roocroft JH, Bastrom TP, Edmonds EW, Pennock AT, Upasani VV, Yaszay B

Erratum to: Sex Differences in Cartilage Topography and Orientation of the Developing Acetabulum: Implications for Hip Preservation Surgery.
Peterson JB, Doan J, Bomar JD, Wenger DR, Pennock AT, Upasani VV

VEPTR Implantation After Age 3 is Associated With Similar Radiographic Outcomes With Fewer Complications.
Upasani VV, Miller PE, Emans JB, Smith JT, Betz RR, Flynn JM, Glotzbecker MP, Children’s Spine Study Group.

Spinal deformity progression after posterior segmental instrumentation and fusion for idiopathic scoliosis.
Upasani VV, Hedequist DJ, Hresko MT, Karlin LI, Emans JB, Glotzbecker MP

Sex Differences in Cartilage Topography and Orientation of the Developing Acetabulum: Implications for Hip Preservation Surgery.
Peterson JB, Doan J, Bomar JD, Wenger DR, Pennock AT, Upasani VV

Complications after modified Dunn osteotomy for the treatment of adolescent slipped capital femoral epiphysis.
Upasani VV, Matheney TH, Spencer SA, Kim YJ, Millis MB, Kasser JR

Reliability of plain radiographic parameters for developmental dysplasia of the hip in children.
Upasani VV, Bomar JD, Parikh G, Hosalkar H

The pediatric polytrauma patient: current concepts.
Pandya NK, Upasani VV, Kulkarni VA

Intervertebral disc health preservation after six months of spinal growth modulation.
Upasani VV, Farnsworth CL, Chambers RC, Bastrom TP, Williams GM, Sah RL, Masuda K, Newton PO

Dual and single memory rod construct comparison in an animal study.
Newton PO, Farnsworth CL, Upasani VV, Chambers R, Yoon SH, Firkins P

Anteromedial radial head fracture-dislocation associated with a transposed biceps tendon: a case report.
Upasani VV, Hentzen ER, Meunier MJ, Abrams RA

Apical vertebral rotation in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: comparison of uniplanar and polyaxial pedicle screws.
Dalal A, Upasani VV, Bastrom TP, Yaszay B, Shah SA, Shufflebarger HL, Newton PO

Effects of intraoperative tensioning of an anterolateral spinal tether on spinal growth modulation in a porcine model.
Newton PO, Farnsworth CL, Upasani VV, Chambers RC, Varley E, Tsutsui S

Preservation of thoracic kyphosis is critical to maintain lumbar lordosis in the surgical treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
Newton PO, Yaszay B, Upasani VV, Pawelek JB, Bastrom TP, Lenke LG, Lowe T, Crawford A, Betz R, Lonner B, Harms Study Group.

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