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Richard S. Davidson, MD

Attending Surgeon, Division of Orthopedic Surgery

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Specialties and Services

Practice Locations


MD — New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

BA — Columbia University, New York, NY


General Surgery — New York University and Bellevue Hospitals, New York, NY


General Surgery — New York University and Bellevue Hospitals, New York, NY
Orthopedic Surgery — The Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University, New York, NY


Pediatric Orthopedics — Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons

Year Appointed


Special Interests

  • Foot and ankle: clubfoot (Ponseti method), skew foot, vertical talus, tarsal coalition
  • Limb deformity: correction of lower and upper limb deformities, leg length discrepancy, Ilizarov and other external fixation devices to correct deformity, nonunions of fractures, Blount's disease, bow-leg deformity, knock knees, congenital amputations and limb deficiencies, growth disturbances
  • Limb deficiencies: proximal femur focal deficiency, tibia hemimelia, fibular hemimelia, radial club hand, ulnar club hand, fractures of the lower extremity
  • Hip diseases: slipped capital femoral epiphysis, Legg Perthes, developmental dysplasia of the hip
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Spina bifida

Research Interests

  • Double tibial osteotomy with Ilizarov external fixation for treatment of infantile Blount's tibia vara
  • McFarland bypass bone graft in the treatment of anterolateral bowing of the tibia (pre-pseudoarthrosis of the tibia), a two- to 10-year follow up
  • Intertrochanteric osteotomy with mono-lateral external fixation to treat severe deformity of slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • Retrospective review (60 cases) of gradual correction of adolescent Blount's deformity with hinged external fixators
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome associated with pes valgus in adolescents
  • Pinning of slipped capital femoral epiphysis 
  • Salvage procedures for the management of residual and recurrent deformities in the older child with club foot
  • Avascular necrosis in second-side acute unstable slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • Treatment of combined tarsal coalition and severe pes valgus
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