David Leonard Helfet, M.B., Ch.B.
Orthopedic Surgery
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David Leonard Helfet, M.B., Ch.B.

Orthopedic Surgery

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Gender: Male
Language: English

About

Specialties and Expertise

Specialties

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Expertise

  • Fractures
  • Pelvis Acetabulum Fracture
  • Malunion and Nonunion Fractures
  • Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Fracture of Pelvis

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.

 

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.

Research

Honors and Awards

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)

Credentials

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon - Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Education and Training

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

Insurance

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark

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