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Rolando F. Roberto, M.D. View profile as PDF

Rolando F. Roberto

Clinical Interests

Rolando F. Roberto specializes in adult and pediatric spine surgery. He treats diseases of the spine, including scoliosis, lumbar spinal stenosis, herniated discs of the cervical and lumbar spine, in patients from birth though advanced age. Roberto's research focuses on brace treatment of scoliosis, modern surgical methods of scoliosis treatment, and treatment of spinal trauma. He is fluent in Spanish.


Associate Clinical Professor
Orthopaedic Residency Program Director


Orthopaedic Surgery - Spinal Disorders


Orthopaedic Surgery


Orthopaedic Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation:


Cannery Building
Spine Center
3301 C St., Suite 1500
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Phone: 916-734-7463
Phone: 800-482-3284

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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M.D., UC Irvine College of Medicine, Irvine, California, 1989
B.S., UC Irvine, Irvine, California, 1985


University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, 1989-90


University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, 1990-94


Minnesota Spine Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1994-95

Board Certifications:

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1997
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, recertification, 2007

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
Robert Glidden Society
Scoliosis Research Society

Select Honors and Awards:

Outstanding Faculty Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, 2010

Outstanding Faculty Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, 2005

Outstanding Faculty Award, Dept. of Orthopaedics, University of Arizona. Teaching award conferred by graduating residents., 2002

Outstanding Faculty Award, Dept. of Orthopaedics, University of Arizona, 2000

President's Undergraduate Fellowship Recipient. National award funding research of DNA sequence analysis of D. melanogaster dopa decarboxylase gene., 1984

Select Recent Publications:

Roberto, R, Klineberg, E, Complications in the Treatment of Subaxial Cervical Fractures and Dislocations, Chapter 106, 5th Edition, the Cervical Spine, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1267-1275.

Robbins M, Mallon Z, Roberto R, Patel R, Gupta M, Klineberg Traumatic Spondylopelvic Dissociation: A Report of Two Cases of Spondylolisthesis at L5-S1 and Review of Literature. E.Global Spine J. 2015 Jun;5(3):225-30.

Tomov M, Mitsunaga L, Durbin-Johnson B, Nallur D, Roberto R. Reducing Surgical Site Infection in Spinal Surgery with Betadine Irrigation and Intra-Wound Vancomycin Powder. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Jan 20. 491-9.

Gire JD, Roberto RF, Bobinski M, Klineberg EO, Durbin-Johnson B The utility and accuracy of computed tomography in the diagnosis of occipito cervical dissociation. Spine J. 2013 May; 13(5):510-9.Epub 2013 Feb 22.

Roberto, R. Dezfuli, B, Deuel, C, Curtiss, S, Hazelwood, S. A Biomechanical Comparison of Three Spondylolysis Repair Techniques in a Calf Spine Model.  Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Surgery and Research, 2012 October.

Galan, T, Mohan, V, Klineberg, K, Gupta, M, Roberto, R, Ellwitz, J. Case Report: Incisional Hernia as a Complication of Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion.  The Spine Journal, 2012 Feb.

Treatment of Spine Deformity in Neuromuscular Diseases Maitra, S., Roberto, RF, McDonald, CM, Gupta, MC Phys Med Rehab Clin N Am, 2012 Nov., 23 (4): 869-83.

Roberto, R. Fritz, A. Hagar, Y. Boice, B. Skalsky, A. Hwang, H. Mitsunaga, K. Beckett, L. McDonald, C. Gupta, M. the Natural History of Cardiac and Pulmonary Function Decline in Patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Spine.2011 July;36(15) E1009-1017.

Enoch Leung, Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn, Rolando Roberto, Characterization of Irregular stress distributions induced by klippel feil syndrome, Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress Exposition, IMECE2011-63343, November 11-17, 2011, Denver, Colorado, USA, 2011

To see if Rolando F. Roberto is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).