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  • Leah Tapscott, FNP-C

    Leah Tapscott, FNP-C

    Affiliate, Orthopaedic Surgery

    Bio Leah Tapscott, FNP-C is a board certified nurse practitioner, with the Stanford Orthopaedic Surgery department. She graduated with her Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree from Columbia University, and completed an orthopaedic specialty certificate from Duke University. Leah is a Stanford alum, with a degree in human biology, and a former Stanford student-athlete, as a member of the soccer and track and field teams. Her area of clinical practice includes orthopaedic surgery and general orthopaedics, with a focus in sports medicine.

  • Molly Timmerman

    Molly Timmerman

    Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) [Vapahcs], Orthopaedic Surgery - Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine

    Bio Dr. Molly Timmerman is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is Affiliated Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Orthopedic Surgery. She practices at Veterans Health Administration in Palo Alto, where she is Medical Director of Regional Amputation Center and the Polytrauma Network Site. She specializes in traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic headache management, and amputation medicine.

  • Michael David Tseng

    Michael David Tseng

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

    Bio Michael D. Tseng, MD is an orthopedic spine surgeon who has served the East Bay, Tri-Valley and San Francisco Bay Area for over a decade. After years in private practice, he was recruited to join the Stanford University School of Medicine faculty. He is currently the Spine Section Chief at Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare.

    Dr. Tseng completed his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Biochemistry with Honors. He then went on to receive his MD at Cornell University in New York, NY. He completed his internship and orthopedic surgery residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He then completed a spinal surgery fellowship at UCSF, where he worked with both orthopedic spine and neurosurgery faculty.

    Dr. Tseng has been an investigator in basic science, biomechanical and clinical research projects. He has presented at national and international spine conferences and published work in peer reviewed spine journals. He is a reviewer for the Spine Journal.

    As a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, Dr. Tseng treats a comprehensive range of injuries and conditions of the spine, including injuries to the neck and back.

    He believes in a conservative approach to treatment and always considers using nonoperative methods before recommending surgery. When surgery is necessary, he uses a caring bedside manner to form a joint treatment plan with his patients. He believes that well-informed patients have the best outcomes. His mission is to empower you with tools for functionality and wellness.

    He approaches surgery with a “minimalist” approach, doing the least surgery possible to achieve his patient’s objectives. When appropriate, he is skilled using the latest motion sparing surgical techniques such as microsurgical decompression, dynamic stabilization and artificial disc replacement. He has completed advanced training in cervical disc replacements.

    Dr. Tseng is fortunate to work with Christopher Hydock, PA-C, an exceptional and experienced Physician Assistant.

    When Dr. Tseng is not seeing patients, he stays active through personal fitness, running, and golf. He also enjoys cooking and music.

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