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.

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Improving Lower Extremity Casting Quality by Providing an Experienced Assistant in Pediatric Tibia Fractures Managed by Trainees.
Woo BM, Bastrom TP, Dennis MM, Pennock AT, Upasani VV, Edmonds EW

3D Characterization of Acetabular Deficiency in Children with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip.
Badrinath R, Jeffords ME, Bomar JD, Ahmed SI, Pennock AT, Upasani VV

Narrative Review of Complications Following DDH Treatment.
Badrinath R, Orner C, Bomar JD, Upasani VV

Treatment of Hip Instability in Children With Down Syndrome: Keys to Managing a Challenging Problem.
Hughes JL, Bomar JD, Wenger DR, Upasani VV

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

Ligamentum Teres Transfer During Medial Open Reduction in Patients with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip.
Paez C, Badrinath R, Holt J, Bomar JD, Mubarak SJ, Upasani VV, Wenger DR

Functional outcomes of unstable ankle fractures with and without syndesmotic fixation in the adolescent population.
Paez CJ, Lurie BM, Upasani VV, Pennock AT

What's New in Pain Management for Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery.
Johnson MA, Andras LM, Andras LE, Ellington MD, Upasani VV, Shah AS

Proximal Femur Osteotomy Guided with Patient-Specific 3D Print Technology: A Case Report.
Valdovino A, Ryan J, Gholami P, Bomar JD, Upasani VV

Nonoperative Management of Femoroacetabular Impingement in Adolescents: Clinical Outcomes at a Mean of 5 Years: A Prospective Study.
Zogby AM, Bomar JD, Johnson KP, Upasani VV, Pennock AT

Use of Metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing to Identify Pathogens in Pediatric Osteoarticular Infections.
Ramchandar N, Burns J, Coufal NG, Pennock A, Briggs B, Stinnett R, Bradley J, Arnold J, Liu GY, Pring M, Upasani VV, Rickert K, Dimmock D, Chiu C, Farnaes L, Cannavino C

Prevalence of trochlear dysplasia in infants evaluated for developmental dysplasia of the hip.
DeVries CA, Hahn P, Bomar JD, Upasani VV, Pennock AT

3-D acetabular morphology of the neuromuscular hip: implications for preoperative planning.
Severson M, Bandaralage H, Bomar JD, Farnsworth CL, Upasani VV

Elastic Intramedullary Nailing of Pediatric Both-Bone Forearm Fractures.
Upasani VV, Li Y

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