Francisco G. Valencia, MD

University Orthopedic Specialists


Pediatric Orthopedics

Special Interests

Congenital Deformities of the Upper and Lower extremities
Sports Related Injuries
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
Developmental Deformities of the Feet
Neuromuscular Disabilities


Dr. Francisco Valencia is a native of Nogales, Arizona and has been in practice since 1989. He is longest tenured Pediatric Orthopedist in Southern Arizona. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and medical degree from the University of California San Diego. He returned to San Diego after completing his orthopedic training at the University of Arizona to pursue his Pediatric Orthopedic fellowship at Rady Children’s Hospital. Dr. Valencia was a full time faculty member at the University of Arizona for almost 9 years, but realized he was better able to meet the needs of the children and their families in a private practice setting. Along the way, he has been fortunate to have developed a successful practice at University Orthopedic Specialists and has remained active in clinical research, medical education and service to the community. Dr. Valencia is board certified and has re-certified twice.

Dr. Valencia’s practice is dedicated exclusively to pediatric orthopedics from newborns to young adults. Regardless of whether it is a newborn child or a high level athlete, he strives to provide caring, outcome based, family centered attention. This is particularly true for families with children with disabilities. Dr. Valencia has had many opportunities to share his experiences and has been invited to participate in educational forums in Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. He participates in the basic science teaching curriculum at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and works with medical students of all levels, as well as residents in Pediatrics, Orthopedics and Podiatry. Dr. Valencia is a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA), American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). He serves as the chair of the Education Committee for the AACPDM and is developing online courses for professionals interested in neurodevelopmental issues. He has been asked to be co-chair of the combined 73rd annual meeting of the AACPDM and 2nd meeting of the International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disabilities(IAACD) in 2019

His current efforts have been directed at improving outcome measures for children undergoing surgery. Dr. Valencia’s research has focused on minimizing the use of narcotics after surgery and improving the peri-operative experience for patients and families. The results have been presented at major international meetings in Asia, Europe and North America.

In spite of these achievements, some of Dr. Valencia’s most memorable patient interactions are those that have come through his volunteer work at the St. Andrews Children’s Clinic in Nogales. This is a bi-national grass roots organization that provides medical attention for indigent Mexican children with chronic disabilities. He has been a volunteer for over forty years. It is a humbling experience that has allowed him to give back to his community.
Dr. Valencia is bilingual in English and Spanish and is married with two daughters.

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  • Care1st/ ONECare
  • Cigna
  • Health Choice/ Health Choice Generations
  • Health Net
  • Health Net Tricare*
  • Health Net Ambetter
  • Humana
  • Humana Medicare “Humana Gold”
  • Mercy Care Plan/ Mercy Care Advantage (Medicare)
  • University Family Care (UFC)/ UFC Advantage (Medicare)
  • United Health Care (UHC)/ Pacificare
  • UHC Military & Veterans (Tricare)
  • UHC Community Care (APIPA)/ APIPA Medicare

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  • Clubfoot deformities
  • Congenital Deformities of the Upper Extremities
  • Congenital Deformities of the Lower Extremities
  • Treatment of Hip Dysplasia
  • Management of Neuromuscular Orthopedic Conditions ( i.e. Cerebral Palsy, Myelomeningocele)
  • Pediatric Athletic Injuries
  • Adolescent Athletic Injuries

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Broken Arm

5 5 1
Dr Valencia was the Peds Ortho doctor in the ED when my son was seen with a broken arm. I loved the way he was with my son and with me. He spoke to my son as a young man and not like he was a 2 yr old. When he said that my son needed surgery I asked him if he could be the one to do it. Dr Valencia added him to his surgery list for the next day. It was after this that I found out his reputation as being one of the best. He kept me and my son informed on every step and checked on my son several times during his stay. I would recommend him to any parent whos child needs orthopeadic surgery.

Loves Kids

5 5 1
He is very good at what he does we like him alot. and very profesional and loves kids.

Super Nice

5 5 1
I have been taking my daughter Alexa for almost 2 years with Dr. Valencia. He is super nice and the people stuff are really nice too. I do recommend that place...


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