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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


  • Best Doctor Award (2011-2012, 2010, 2007-2008, 2003-2004, 1996)
  • Top Doctors, Philadelphia Magazine (2009-2013)
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical, Teaching, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (1992-1994)

Editorial and Academic Positions

  • Associate Editor, Foot & Ankle, International (1989-present)
  • Reviewer, Advances in Orthopaedic Society (1990-1993)
  • Reviewer, Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research (1993-present)
  • Guest Editor, Foot and Ankle Clinics: Pediatric Orthopedic Problems of the Foot and Ankle (1998)
  • Editorial Board, Children’s Doctor, a publication of the Doctors of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (1996-present)
  • Consultant Reviewer, Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (2006)


  • Chairman, Research Committee, Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (1992-1993)
  • President, Association for the Study and Application of the Methods of Ilizarov (ASAMI), The Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society (2000-2001)
  • Chairman, Pediatric Committee, American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (1996-1998)
  • Examiner, American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons (ABOS) (1994-present)

Original Papers


Davidson, RS. MRI Evaluation of the Knee in Patients with Infantile Blount Disease: Tibial and Extra Tibial Findings. Pediatric Radiology, March 2013.

Muhly, W, Gurnancy, H, Hosalkar, H, Kraemer, F, Davidson, RS, Ganesh, A. Continuous perineural infusion after lower extremity osteotomies in children: a feasibility and safety analysis. British Journal of Anaesthesia 2013 110 (5): 851-852.


Davidson, RS. The MAC (Multi-Axial Correcting) Monolateral External Fixation System (Biomet/EBI) Technique: An Easier Way to Correct Deformity; Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics, Volume 21(2), 113-124, June 2011.

Flynn, JM, Garner, MR, Jones, KJ, D’Italia, J, Davidson, RS, Ganley, TJ, Horn, BD, Spiegel, D, Wells, L. The Treatment of Low-Energy Femoral Shaft Fractures: A Prospective Study Comparing The “Walking Spica” with the Traditional Spica Cast. J Bone Joint Surg AM 93A(23): 2196-2202, December 2011.


Horn, BD, Davidson, RS. Current treatment of clubfoot in infancy and childhood. Foot Ankle Clin. 2010 Jun;15(2): 235-43. Read abstract.

Smith JR, Davidson RS: Bowing of the right lower leg in a 6 month old infant. JAAA 23(2): 69-71, February 2010 .

Wells, L; Avery, A; Hosalkar, H; Friedman, J; and Davidson, RS. Cast Wedging: A “Forgotten” Yet Predictable Method for Correcting Fracture Deformity: The University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal, 20: 113-116, Spring, 2010.


Arkader, A, Davidson, RS. Cross-hip X-ray view for proximal femoral osteotomies. AM J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ) 29(7): 306-307, June 2009.

Clark, SE, McCarthy, JJ, Davidson, RS. Treatment of Blount Disease: A comparison between the multi-axial correction system and other external fixators. J.Pediatr Orthop. 29(2): 103-109, March 2009.

McCarthy, JJ, MacIntyre, NR 3rd, Hooks, B, Davidson, RS. Double osteotomy for the treatment of severe Blount disease. J. Pediatr Orthop 29(2):115-119, March 2009.

McCarthy, JJ, Kozin, SH, Tuohy, C, Cheung, E, Davidson, RS, Noonan, K. External fixation and centralization versus external fixation and ulnar osteotomy; the treatment of radial dysplasia using the resolved total angle of deformity. J. Pediatr Orthop 29(7): 797-803, Oct-Nov, 2009.

Ranade, A, McCarthy, JJ, Davidson, RS. Angular deformity in pediatric trans tibial amputation stumps. J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Oct-Nov;29(7): 726-9. Read abstract.

Tuohy, C, McCarthy, JJ, Kozin, SH, Cheung, E, Davidson, RS: Comparison of preliminary external fixation versus ulnar osteotomy with external fixation for the treatment of radial dysplasia using the resolved (3-D) total angle of deformity measurement. Temple University of Orthopaedics Journal 7: 797-803, Oct/Nov, 2009.

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