Dr. Lesley Anderson, MD

Dr. Lesley Anderson, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Dr. Lesley Anderson, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in San Francisco, CA and has been practicing for 34 years. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine in 1976 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and more.Read her story

2100 Webster St Ste 309

San Francisco, CA 94115

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Brown & Toland Physicians
  • Cigna
  • Health Net of California
  • PHCS
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Anderson performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
very high
more than 98% of peers
Joint Pain
very high
more than 96% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Knee
very high
more than 89% of peers

Dr. Anderson's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Anderson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Anderson " Dr. Anderson received her B.S. at Penn State and completed her M.D. at Hershey Medical School (Penn State). Dr. Anderson completed her Orthopedic Residency at UCLA and was their first female orthopedic resident. She completed a fellowship in Knee Surgery and Sports Medicine in 1983. Since moving to San Francisco in 1985, Dr. Anderson has specialized in treating only knee and shoulder problems. She has been listed in Castle-Connelly's "America's Top Doctors" yearly from 2000 to the present. She recently was awarded the California Orthopedic Association Tipton Leadership Award. Dr. Anderson is Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at UCSF and is active in teaching medical students and residents. She has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on biologic resurfacing techniques of the knee for the past 25 years. She is actively researching the benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma in treating orthopedic injuries. Dr. Anderson is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America as well as the first woman member of SICOT, a prestigious international organization of Orthopedic Surgeons. She currently is Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee at CPMC and is Chair of the Workers Compensation Committee for the California Orthopedic Association and on the Board of Directors of COA."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Anderson "I believe as physicians we must always remember what it feels like to be a patient. I had several knee surgeries in high school as an athlete,  specifically lacrosse and field hockey and the experience has helped me develop into the doctor that I try to be.  I try to be compassionate and caring, even though I am very focused on the issues that brings the patient into the office. I believe in educating patients about their problem so the decision for surgery is collaborative, and the patient ultimately has the final decision. I believe that surgery can be a very vunerable process, and education and support by my entire wonderful staff is paramount to an excellent outcome. I am very fortunate to have excellent staff from the person who answers the phone, to my medical assistant, to our surgery scheduler, who helps walk a patient through the complex process of scheduling, having and healing after surgery.  I have  specialized in treating only knee and shoulder problems since I finished my fellowship in 1984, and continually try to stay on the leading edge of treating cartilage problems, arthritis in the young patient, and ways to avoid arthritis in the first place. I am very fortunate to work at a craft that continually stimulates my curiosity and provides me the opportunity to help patients return to health and wellness. "
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5  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

20  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sports Injuries of the Knee

19  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Penn State
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1972
  • Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • Us Public Health Service Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1977
  • UCLA Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Precept Me Blazina
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1984

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Anderson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Anderson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Anderson to family and friends
25 total reviews (6 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (25)

  • 5
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  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Anderson's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (6)

The staff was very professional and friendly from the time I arrived. I was very nervous, but Dr. Anderson put me at ease. Dr. Anderson was very attentive, personable and thorough. Not only did Dr. Anderson explain the process, but provided diagrams so you can get a better understanding. I...more
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There is no need to talk about Dr. Anderson because she is an excellent doctor. She went through my injury very smoothly and broke it down so I was able to understand what was going on and she provided visuals from her ipad that gave me a better view of what was going on. If I ever get injured...more
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Dr. Anderson made my treatment plan easy to understand and provided me with all of the information I needed to feel comfortable about getting surgery. Wouldn't have wanted any other doctor!
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Dr Anderson is AWESOME. I was referred to her for a torn rotator cuff. When surgery was required pre op and surgery could not have gone more smoothly. I remember coming to after surgery and having Dr Anderson apologize that I would have a little scar because there was significant damage to my cuff...more
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Leslie is unprofessional, filches money off her patients, and runs an equally unprofessional staff of gossipy manipulators. Dr Anderson’s receptionists made many mistakes. The first was stating that they don’t accept my insurance. This turned out to be on purpose. They also failed to obtain my...more
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