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David Alexander Podeszwa, MD $$

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Languages Spoken:
UT Southwestern Pediatric Group


Dr. Podeszwa provides orthopedic trauma and general pediatric orthopedic coverage for Children’s Healthin Dallas and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He attended the University of Michigan and earned his medical degree at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Podeszwa completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed an AO/ASIF International Fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Bern, Inselspital. Dr. Podeszwa completed his pediatric orthopedic fellowship at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in 2001.

He is an associate professor in the department of orthopedics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Before coming to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dr. Podeszwa was an active staff member in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. 

Education and Training

Medical School
Wayne State University School of Medicine (1995)
Wayne State University School of Medicine (2000), Orthopaedic Surgery
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (2001), Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Research Interests

    • Hip arthritis in the young adult
    • Hip dysplasia
    • Hip impingement
    • Perthe's disease
    • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • Publications

    • Expanding Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma Volume at a Pediatric Level I Trauma Hospital, Chan DS, Poedszwa DA, Brown D, Staff AJ Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 2009 29 612-17
    • Bioabsorbable vs. Metallic Fixation for Epiphyseal Fractures of the Distal Tibia, Podeszwa DA, Wilson PL, Holland AR, Copley LAB Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 2008 28 859-63
    • An analysis of the Functional Health of Obese Children and Adolescents Utilizing the PODC Instrument, Poedeszwa, D.A., Stanko, K.J., Mooney, J.F. et al Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 2005 29 140-43
    • Ankle Joint Biomechanics Following Trans Epiphyseal Screw Fixation of the Distal Tibia, Charlton, Michael, Costello, R, Podeszwa, D et al Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 2005 25 635-640
    • Comparison of Pavlik Harness Treatment and Immediate Spica Casting for Femur Fractures in Children, Podeszwa DA, Mooney JF, Cramer KE, Mendelow MJ Journal Pediatric Orthopaedics 2004 24 460-462
    • Magnetic Resonance Arthrography of the Labral Disorders in Hips with Dysplasia Impingement, Leunig M, Podeszwa DA, Ganz R Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 2004 1 74-80
    • Inter-and Intraobserver Variance of Cobb Angle Measurements with Digital Radiographs, Zmurko MG, Mooney JF, Podeszwa DA, Minster GJ, Mendelow MJ Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 2003 12 208-213
  • Professional Activities

    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • AO/ASIF Alumni Association
    • Dallas County Medical Society
    • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
    • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Awards and Honors

    • Raymond T. Morrisy Clinical Scientific Paper Award - Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (2007)
    • First Place for Classification Pediatrics Poster Presentation - American Academy Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting (2005)
    • Richard Lamont Resident Award for Excellence in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery - Wayne State University (2000)
    • Resident Research Award - Detroit Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (1999)
    • Student Research Award - American Gastroenterological Association (1991)

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