Dr. Bobby Tay, MD, San Francisco, CA, 94143

Dr. Bobby KB Tay is based at the UCSF Medical Center on Parnassus Avenue. His clinical focus is the treatment of cervical spine disorders and minimally invasive spinal surgery. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive cervical surgery, cervical disc herniations, and spinal stenosis, cervical disc replacement, and complex cervical reconstruction for both decompression of the spinal cord and realignment of the spinal column.

Dr. Tay was the principal investigator of the multicenter clinical trial on the Prodisc-c cervical disc replacement and also has one of the largest clinical experiences with endoscopic cervical decompression, both of which are used to potentially minimize or eliminate the need for spinal fusion. He enjoys both the conservative and operative management of cervical disorders and works with the best physiatrists and physical therapists in the region. In addition to cervical disorders, Dr. Tay also treats both degenerative disorders of the lumbar spine, spinal deformity, and spinal trauma.

Dr. Tay is an orthopedic surgeon with UCSF Spine Center.

Type of Spine Professional

  • Orthopedic Surgeon

Areas of Expertise


  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Reconstruction Including Anterior And Posterior Cervical Osteomaties
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Microendoscopic Cervical Foraminotomies
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery For Decompression And Fusion
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic spine disorders
  • Trauma
  • Tumors


  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy / Decompression
  • Anterior Cervical Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement - Cervical
  • Artificial Disc Replacement - Lumbar
  • Microdiscectomy / Microdecompression
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Upper Back Surgery


  • Board certified, Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Distinctions

  • Julius R. Krevans Award for Clinical Excellence, 1994
  • Drexler Research Fellowship, UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1997
  • LeRoy C. Abbott Resident Resarch Award, 1997

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • California Orthopaedic Association
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • North American Spine Society
  • AO Spine North America
  • AO Spine International
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgeons