Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr Austin A Pitcher


  • Dublin

  • Oakland


“I utilize a shared decision making approach, allowing me to tailor your treatment to you as an individual so as to achieve your personal goals and maximize your quality of life.”


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About Dr Pitcher

I originally grew up in Minnesota and completed my Bachelor of Science at St. Cloud State University. My initial draw to California was for graduate school where I completed a PhD in Chemistry at the University of California Berkeley. Following this, I realized that my career goals were to focus more on patient care and I traveled to New York for medical school at Columbia University. I was then brought back to the Bay Area to pursue my residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. During this time, I developed a special interest in upper extremity surgery including the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. This led me to seek subspecialty fellowship training in hand surgery at the Cleveland Clinic with renowned surgeons such as Dr. Peter Evans and Dr. Harry Hoyen. Under their guidance, I had the opportunity to become comfortable with a wide variety of complex hand and upper extremity surgeries including microvascular injuries, nerve and tendon repairs and transfers, and complex fracture fixation. My fellowship training included pathology extending from the fingertips up to the shoulder, and encompassed both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for these problems.

My special interests include management of all hand, wrist and elbow conditions, including nerve and tendon injuries in both the general and athletic populations. I also treat all common conditions of the upper extremity including carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, thumb arthritis, fractures, and shoulder rotator cuff tears. As your physician, my goal is to explain the nature of your condition as well as both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. I utilize a shared decision making approach, allowing me to tailor your treatment to you as an individual so as to achieve your personal goals and maximize your quality of life.

I live in Oakland with my wife, Valerie, and our two golden retrievers. My outside interests include hiking, snowboarding, woodworking, and all of the amazing outdoor activities that California has to offer.

  • Bachelors of Science, Saint Cloud State University (Saint Cloud, MN)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Doctor of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons (New York, NY)
  • University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
  • Fellow, Cleveland Combined Hand Fellowship (Cleveland, OH)


About Dr Pitcher

Reuben Toledo
May 19, 2023

Dr Austin Pitcher has helped me each time I met with him. He’s very knowledgeable in his profession and I am very satisfied with my results. Give him a try. You may like your results as well.

donald bonds
May 16, 2023

Dr.Pitcher explains Diagnostics in easy to understand terms. Listens to your concerns.

Jeff McCort
Apr 30, 2023

Great Doctors and services. Unfortunately I've had to go here a bunch of times and had a couple of surgeries. Very good Doctors that care!

JB on Baseball
Mar 08, 2023

I have complete confidence in Dr Pitcher as one of my go-to sports physicians. He has helped me with finger and wrist issues, treating me professionally and efficiently, and getting me back on the field quickly. Highly recommended.

Bhavit Desai
Mar 04, 2023

Been to Dr Pitcher a couple of times for tendinitis and he is a genuinely caring doctor with amazing bedside manners. It’s not a 5 minute quick conversation after a 20 minute wait. Highly recommend him.

Debbie Shepard
Feb 28, 2023

Dr Pitcher is very nice, experienced & helpful. I recommend him to anyone. He also a wonderful staff.

Rama Mehra
Feb 24, 2023

Dr.Pitcher was my surgeon and he is one of the finest, caring and king doctors I have worked with. Highly recommend him !!

Ken DiBattista
Dec 29, 2022

I had a great experience with Dr. Pitcher. He was direct, but empathetic when discussing my knee problems and was very helpful in discussing options for both the short term and long term treatment. I would definitely recommend him.

Frances Marzano
Dec 23, 2022

When I wasn’t feeling heard by my orthopedic doctor, a friend referred me to Dr. Pitcher and I am finally getting the support and care that I need. He is attentive, kind, knowledgeable and I highly recommend him.

Catherine E.
Jul 13, 2022

Dr Pitcher is the kind of Orthopedist you want. Very smart, caring, and articulate. He is a good listener, and while he is efficient with his time, one never feels rushed. He makes sure he has answered all your questions before ending the visit. I would give him six stars if I could!

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Dr. Pitcher was very informative and gave me my options.  I decided to have a cortisone shot to relieve the pain, I’m so glad I did.  He administered the injection and it was very tolerable.  Feeling very thankful.

- Fran T

I had a hand injury.  Everything you want from a doctor – smart, articulate, good diagnosing skills, gets to the point, knows his stuff.

- Greg R