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Orthopedic Surgery
520 East 70th Street, Starr Pavilion, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10065
P: (212) 746-4500 | F: (212) 746-8370
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Personal Statement

DAVID L. HELFET, M.D. was born in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa on June 17, 1947. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town, receiving a BSc in Biochemistry with honors, followed by Medical School, where he received a M.B.CH.B. degree in 1975. Internship and Surgical Residency were completed at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, S.A. (1 yr) and at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, MD., followed by Orthopaedic Residency also at Johns Hopkins University (3 yrs), then fellowships at the University of Bern, Insel Hospital (1981) and at UCLA (1981-82). He was Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1/82 - 6/86), Associate Professor and Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma at the University of S. Florida School of Medicine/Tampa General Hospital (7/86-6/91) and at the Cornell University Medical College (7/91 - 6/98). He is currently Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Director of the Combined Orthopaedic Trauma Service at both the Hospital for Special Surgery and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He has published and lectured extensively on Orthopaedic Trauma but especially on Fractures of the Pelvis and Acetabulum and has been the recipient of many honors, awards and visiting lectureships including the Presidential Guest and Watson-Jones Memorial Lecture of the British Orthopaedic Association in 1994. He has served on several committees of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the AO/ASIF Foundation (currently the Chairman of AO Documentation and Publishing), AO North America and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery among others. In addition, Dr. Helfet has been extensively involved in the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, including as President (1998-1999) and is still on its Board as a past President.

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Specialties/Expertise

Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Specialties
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Expertise
  • Fractures
  • Pelvis Acetabulum Fracture
  • Malunion and Nonunion Fractures
  • Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Fracture of Pelvis

Insurance Plans Accepted

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  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource

Education/Training

  • M.B.,Ch.B., University of Cape Town Faculty of Medicine (South Africa), 1975

Honors and Awards

"Outstanding Professor Award"

(Voted by the Residents/Fellows)

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,

University of South Florida.       1987 - 1988

Best Paper Award

Eastern Orthopaedic Association.       1989

Edward Bovill Award/ Best Paper

Orthopaedic Trauma Association.       1989

Best Paper Award

Eastern Orthopaedic Association.       1990

Best Resident Paper

Florida Orthopaedic Society.          1990

Best Overall Paper

Florida Orthopaedic Society.          1990

Selected Highlight Paper

Orthopaedic Trauma Association .    1990

Edward Bovill Award/ Best Paper         Orthopaedic Trauma Association      1994

Presidential Guest            British Orthopaedic Association      1994

Watson-Jones Memorial Lecture         British Orthopaedic Association      1994

Philip D. Wilson Jr. Teaching Award      Hospital for Special Surgery      1995

(Voted by the Residents)

Presidential Guest            Israel Orthopaedic Association      1995

   Presidential Guest            Deutsche Gesellschaft für Unfallchirurgie   2000

                     (German Orthopaedic Trauma Association)

Biography

Titles

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College

Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hospital for Special Surgery

Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Biography

DAVID L. HELFET, M.D. was born in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa on June 17, 1947.

He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town, receiving a BSc in Biochemistry with honors, followed by Medical School, where he received a M.B.CH.B. degree in 1975. Internship and Surgical Residency were completed at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, S.A. (1 yr) and at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, MD., followed by Orthopaedic Residency also at Johns Hopkins University (3 yrs), then fellowships at the University of Bern, Insel Hospital (1981) and at UCLA (1981-82).

He was Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1/82 - 6/86), Associate Professor and Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma at the University of S. Florida School of Medicine/Tampa General Hospital (7/86-6/91) and at the Cornell University Medical College (7/91 - 6/98). He is currently Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Director of the Combined Orthopaedic Trauma Service at both the Hospital for Special Surgery and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

He has published and lectured extensively on Orthopaedic Trauma but especially on Fractures of the Pelvis and Acetabulum and has been the recipient of many honors, awards and visiting lectureships including the Presidential Guest and Watson-Jones Memorial Lecture of the British Orthopaedic Association in 1994.

He has served on several committees of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the AO/ASIF Foundation (currently the Chairman of AO Documentation and Publishing), AO North America and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery among others. In addition, Dr. Helfet has been extensively involved in the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, including as President (1998-1999) and is still on its Board as a past President.