Photo of V. Salil Upasani, M.D.


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


San Diego County

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


Other Languages

Marathi, Spanish

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 director of the International Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Hip Disorders at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and an associate clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Before treating hip disorders, 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. Besides treating hip disorders and hip conditions, his work has been published in orthopedic journals, and he has received numerous research grants and awards from national and international organizations.

In addition to helping with pediatric hip disorders, 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/pediatric hip disorders include golf, hiking and traveling, but he spends most of his free time running after his three children.


The Anterior Modified San Diego Acetabuloplasty Does Not Increase Superior-Anterior Coverage in Patient-Specific 3D-Printed Models.
Tadlock JC, Rupp GE, Farnsworth CL, Bomar JD, Caffrey JP, Upasani VV

3D analysis of the preoperative deformity in AIS can be used to guide surgical treatment decisions for selective thoracic fusion.
Upasani VV, Bartley CE, Bastrom TP, George S, Parent S, Kelly MP, Newton PO

Traditional Versus Water-resistant Short Leg Casting: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study.
Carveth SL, Bomar JD, Scott M, Rickert KD, Upasani VV

Three-dimensional vertebral shape changes confirm growth modulation after anterior vertebral body tethering for idiopathic scoliosis.
Speirs JN, Parent S, Kelly M, Upasani VV, Petcharaporn M, Bryan TP, Newton PO

Depression Screening in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Clinics and Identifying Patients At-Risk.
Catanzano AA, Bastrom TP, Bartley CE, Yaszay B, Upasani VV, Newton PO

Scoliosis Research Society-22r and Ceiling Effects: Limited Capabilities for Precision-Medicine with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
Stone LE, Ames CP, Pellise F, Newton PO, Upasani VV, Kelly MP, Harms Study Group

Intrawound Vancomycin Powder Reduces Delayed Deep Surgical Site Infections Following Posterior Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
Shinohara K, Newton PO, Kelly MP, Upasani VV, Bartley CE, Bryan TP, Harms Study Group

Breaking the Rules in Three Dimensions: What to Expect After a Thoracic-only Fusion With Structural Thoracic and Thoracolumbar Curves.
Catanzano A, Upasani VV, Bryan TP, Yaszay B, Newton PO, Harms Study Group

Pain Medication Use Two Years After Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Fusion Surgery.
Bastrom TP, Kelly MP, Upasani VV, Newton PO, Harms Study Group

Opioid Analgesia Compared with Non-Opioid Analgesia After Operative Treatment for Pediatric Supracondylar Humeral Fractures: Results from a Prospective Multicenter Trial.
Belardo ZE, Talwar D, Blumberg TJ, Nelson SE, Upasani VV, Sankar WN, Shah AS

Defining the Incidence of Residual Acetabular Dysplasia After Successful Reduction With a Harness.
Paranjape CS, Bomar JD, Upasani VV

Age and CRP Associated With Improved Tissue Pathogen Identification in Children With Blood Culture Negative Osteomyelitis: Results From the CORTICES Multicenter Database.
Burns JD, Upasani VV, Bastrom TP, Baldwin KD, Schoenecker JG, Shore BJ, Brighton BK, Goldstein RY, Heyworth BE, Miller ML, Sanders JS, Truong WH, Childrens ORthopedic Trauma and Infection Consortium for Evidence-Based Study

SRS-22r Self-Image After Surgery for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis at 10-year Follow-up.
Stone LE, Upasani VV, Pahys JM, Fletcher ND, George SG, Shah SA, Bastrom TP, Bartley CE, Lenke LG, Newton PO, Kelly MP, Harms Study Group

The natural history of curve behavior after brace removal in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a literature review.
Luhmann S, Zaaroor-Regev D, Upasani VV, Shufflebarger H

The Reliability of the AO Spine Upper Cervical Classification System in Children: Results of a Multi-Center Study.
O'Neill NP, Mo AZ, Miller PE, Glotzbecker MP, Li Y, Fletcher ND, Upasani VV, Riccio AI, Spence D, Garg S, Krengel W, Birch C, Hedequist DJ

Nonoperative Versus Operative Treatment of Type IIA Supracondylar Humerus Fractures: A Prospective Evaluation of 99 Patients.
Sanders JS, Ouillette RJ, Howard R, Boutelle K, Carroll AN, Bastrom TP, Paik C, Stearns P, Pennock AT, Upasani VV

Best Practice Guidelines for Surgical Site Infection in High-risk Pediatric Spine Surgery: Definition, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment.
Badin D, Leland CR, Matsumoto H, Roye B, Vitale M, Flynn J, Samdani A, Larson AN, Yaszay B, Pahys J, Glotzbecker M, Bachmann KR, Newton PO, Betz R, Miyanji F, Shah S, Sturm PF, Hwang S, Erickson M, Cahill PJ, Fletcher N, Upasani VV, Sucato DJ, Sponseller PD

Treatment outcomes of hips in patients with epiphyseal dysplasia.
Lindgren AM, Bomar JD, Upasani VV, Wenger DR

Prospective evaluation of in situ screw fixation for stable slipped capital femoral epiphysis.
DeVries CA, Badrinath R, Baird SG, Bomar JD, Upasani VV

How often does the preoperative plan for freehand pedicle screw placement match the actual surgical execution in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis?
O'Leary R, Sullivan TB, Bartley CE, Bastrom TP, Upasani VV, Newton PO, Yaszay B

Preoperative factors associated with optimal outcomes of selective thoracic fusion at 5 years.
Lindgren AM, Bastrom TP, Bartley CE, Samdani AF, Shah SA, Miyanji F, Cahill PJ, Upasani VV, Newton PO, Harms Study Group, Yaszay B

A comparison of cone beam computed tomography, standard computed tomography and plain radiographs in the evaluation of medial epicondyle humerus fractures.
Rupp GE, Farnsworth CL, Hughes JL, Upasani VV, Pennock AT, Bomar JD, Edmonds EW

Practice Variation in the Surgical Management of Children With Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis.
Upasani VV, Burns JD, Bastrom TP, Baldwin KD, Schoenecker JG, Shore BJ, CORTICES Study Group

Prolonged Brace Treatment Does Not Result in Improved Acetabular Indices in Infantile Dislocated Hips.
Upasani VV, Bomar JD, Fitzgerald RE, Schupper AJ, Kelley SP, International Hip Dysplasia Registry

Telescoping screw fixation compared to traditional in situ screw fixation for slipped capital femoral epiphysis: clinical, radiographic and patient-reported outcomes.
Hansen CH, Bomar JD, Badrinath R, Upasani VV

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