David S. Wellman, MD


Dr. David S. Wellman is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the care of fractures and post-traumatic reconstruction. Dr. Wellman holds appointments at both Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he is an instructor at the Weill Cornell Medical College. He has particular interests in articular fractures (bone breaks near major joints), injuries to the pelvis and acetabulum, and fracture non-union and mal-union. These interests also motivate his research work outside the operating room.

Dr. Wellman graduated cum laude from Duke University with a degree in Chemistry. He then completed medical school at the University of North Carolina, where he graduated with distinction and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He went on to complete a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, where he served as Chief Resident for the department. During his time at Northwestern, he received department awards for his teaching and his attention to patient care. Following residency, Dr. Wellman completed a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at Hospital for Special Surgery. After competing his training at HSS, Dr. Wellman traveled to Germany and Switzerland for further surgical training in the care of trauma patients and pelvic reconstruction.

Appointments

Assistant Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

Specialty

Subspecialty

Trauma

Special Expertise

Fractures and dislocations of both the upper and lower extremities (shoulder, upper arm, elbow, forearm, hip, upper leg, knee, lower leg, ankle, foot)
Fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum
Complex fractures with angular deformities and/or bone defects
Poly-trauma patients with orthopaedic injuries
Fractures in adolescents, adults and the elderly populations
Periprosthetic fractures
Insufficiency fractures
Complex cases requiring correction of deformity
Corrective osteotomies
Unhealed fractures including non-unions
Malunions
Chronic post-partum pelvic pain and/or instability

Awards

Brian Hartigan Memorial Award, Northwestern University, (2010)
Chief Resident, Northwestern University, (2009-2010)
Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, Best Teaching Resident, Northwestern University, (2008)
Alpha Omega Alpha (2005)
The David R. Clemmons, M.D. and Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Loyalty Fund Merit Scholarship, University of North Carolina School of Medicine (2003)

Specialized Centers

Education

Doctor of Medicine with Distinction, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005)

Internship

General Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (2006)

Residency

Orthopaedic Surgery Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL (2010)

Fellowship

Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY (2011)

Certification

Board Certified

State Licensure

New York

Selected Publications

Wellman DS, McCoy BW, Levin SD, Knight BP. Shoulder Arthroscopy in Patients with a Cardiac Pacemaker or Defribrillator: A case report and discussion of perioperative management. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2010 July 23.

Selected Books/Chapters

Wellman DS, Lorich DG, Helfet DL. "Proximal Humeral Fractures." Contemporary Surgical Management of Fractures and Complications. Ed. Ilyas A and Rehman S. Submission Completed April 2011.

Carroll C 4th, Wellman DS, “Expert Witness Testimony.” Instructional Course Lectures: 60. Ed. Egol K, Tornetta P. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Rosemont: (2011)

Carroll C 4th, Wellman DS, “Medicolegal Principles.” ASSH Manual of Hand Surgery. Ed. Hammert WC, Calfee RP, Bozentka DJ, Boyer MI. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia (2010)

Carroll C 4th, Wellman DS, Bridgeforth G. “Radial Head Fractures.” Lippincott's Primary Care Musculoskeletal Radiology. Ed. Bridgeforth G, Cherf J, Trivedi M. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia (2010)

Carroll C 4th, Wellman DS, Bridgeforth G. “Olecranon Fractures.” Lippincott's Primary Care Musculoskeletal Radiology. Ed. Bridgeforth G, Cherf J, Trivedi M. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia (2010)

Carroll C 4th, Wellman DS, Bridgeforth G. “Elbow Dislocations.” Lippincott's Primary Care Musculoskeletal Radiology. Ed. Bridgeforth G, Cherf J, Trivedi M. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia: (2010)

Research Interests

Anatomy, Biomechanics, Insufficiency Fractures, Patient Outcomes

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Dr. David S. Wellman, Orthopedic Surgeon

Contact Information

Office Locations

East River Professional Building
Second Floor
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1504
Fax: 212.774.7060

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 E. 70th St.
New York, NY 10021