Dr. David Podeszwa provides orthopaedic trauma and general pediatric orthopaedic coverage at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, along with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children orthopaedic medical staff. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he attended the University of Michigan and earned his medical degree at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Podeszwa completed his orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic fellowship at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in 2001 under the direction of Dr. Tony Herring. He is an assistant professor in the department of orthopaedics 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. He is a member of the AO/ASIF Alumni Association and a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


Medical School
Wayne State University (1995)
Wayne State University (2000), Orthopedic Surgery
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital (2001), Pediatric Orthopedics & Scoliosis

Research Interest

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


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

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 Transepiphyseal 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

Honors & Awards

  • Raymond T. Morrisy Clinical Scientific Paper Award
    Pediatric Othopaedic 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 Academyof Orthopaedic Surgery (1999)
  • Student Research Award
    American Gastroenterological Association (1991)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

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