Matt Callahan named Chief Administrative Officer of UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


SAN FRANCISCO (July 26, 2022) -- The UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Callahan, MBA, as Chief Administrative Officer of the Department. 

Since 2014, Callahan has served as the department's Analytics Program Manager. In the role he has focused on improving the department’s and service lines’ ability to make decisions with accurate and nuanced data. He has held an active role in the strategic planning for and execution of the department’s continued clinical expansion. He is also heavily involved in recruiting and mentoring staff, deploying new technologies, operational improvement, and clinical research. He succeeds Richard Capra, who recently retired after 14 years of service to the department.

“I am greatly honored for the opportunity to continue to collaborate with our brilliant faculty and staff to improve musculosketal care locally and worldwide,” Callahan said.

“Our department has the best and brightest physicians and staff caring for patients, researching new treatments and cures, and teaching the next generation of clinicians. I look forward to continuing to carry on our department’s mission."

"The vision of our department is to pioneer musculoskeletal discovery and innovative care to transform lives," Dr. Thomas P. Vail, Department Chair, said. "Matt is the perfect person to lead our department in achieving this goal."

Callahan will provide administrative and executive counsel to the Department Chair as well as managing the administrative and academic services within the department. He is responsible for working with department leadership to develop and execute strategic plans to deliver on the department’s tripartite mission.

“Matt’s operational experience across a variety of areas in healthcare and his proven leadership in process improvement will serve him well in this his new role,” said Dr. C. Benjamin Ma, Vice Chair of Adult Clinical Operation in the Department. “His ability to bring together great teams is one of the strengths of his already successful career."

Matt Callahan, MBA, grew up in the East Bay and received both his Bachelors of Finance degree and his Masters of Science in Business Administration degree from San Diego State University, where he was a two-time letterman on the university’s D1 football team. Callahan has also received certifications from the UCSF School of Medicine Leadership Development Program and the Epic Clarity Report Writing Program. As a published academic researcher, Callahan has also contributed on several peer-reviewed articles with members of the department's faculty.

Callahan, a life-long Oakland A's fan, spends his free time with his wife Cori and their three young children enjoying the Bay Area.

Photo:  Matt Callahan, MBA, has been selected to lead the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as its Chief Administrative Officer. (Courtesy of the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery)