David M. Scher, MD

Dr. Scher specializes in pediatric orthopaedic surgery, with special interests in children’s foot deformities including clubfoot, cerebral palsy, fractures in children and pediatric hip disorders.

Dr. Scher graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine in 1993 and completed his orthopaedic residency training at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in 1999. He then received fellowship training in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at the Children’s Hospital of San Diego, renown for its longstanding tradition of innovation and leadership in pediatric orthopaedics.

Dr. Scher’s primary focus is the clinical care of children with musculoskeletal conditions, ranging from simple fractures to severe congenital and developmental disorders. He also serves as co-medical director of The Leon Root Motion Analysis Laboratory, where advanced technologies are used for both research and clinical decision making to improve how children walk.

Dr. Scher’s other academic and leadership roles include service as the education director of the pediatric orthopaedic service at HSS, lectures at regional and national courses on pediatric orthopaedics, and involvement in various committees within the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Club of New York, and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.


Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Children’s Foot Disorders
Pediatric Trauma and Fractures
Hip Dysplasia
Pediatric Hip Disorders
Cerebral Palsy
Gait Analysis


Eleanor Kaufman Award for Research in Pediatric Orthopaedics, 1999
Hospital for Joint Diseases Resident Research Award, 1999
Frauenthal Award for Orthopaedic Research, 1998
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow, 1992
Nomination to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, 1989


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Diplomate
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Active Member
Pediatric Orthopaedic Club of New York, Active Member
American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Fellow
American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow

Insurances Accepted

Blue Cross PPO
NYS Empire Plan
United Healthcare

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BS, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1989
MD, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, 1993


NYU Medical Center, General Surgery , New York, 1994


Hospital for Joint Diseases, Orthopaedic Surgery, New York, New York, 1999


Children’s Hospital and Health Center, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, San Diego, California, 2000


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

State Licensure

New York

David M. Scher, MD has contributed to the following educational materials:

For Patients - on HSS.edu

For Professionals - on HSS.edu

Selected Publications

Reinhardt KR, Feldman DS, Green DW, Sala DA, Widmann RF, Scher DM. A Comparison of Intramedullary Nailing and Plating of Both-bone Forearm Fractures in Children 10-16 Years of Age. J Pediatr Orthop. 2008 June; 28(4): 403-9.

Abdelgawad AA, Lehman WB, van Bosse HJ, Scher DM, Sala DA. Treatment of Idiopathic Clubfoot Using the Ponseti Method: Minimum 2-year Follow-up. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2007 Mar;16(2):98-105.

Scher DM, Bansal M, Handler-Matasar S, Bohne WH, Green DW. Extensive Implant Reaction in Failed Subtalar Joint Arthroereisis: Report of Two Cases. HSS J. 2007 Sep;3(2):177-81.

Scher DM. The Ponseti Method for Clubfoot Correction. Oper Tech in Orthop; 15(4): 345-49, 2005.

Kubiak EN, Egol KA, Scher DM, Wasserman B, Feldman D, Koval KJ. Operative Treatment of Tibial Fractures in Children: Are Elastic Stable Intramedullary Nails an Improvement Over External Fixation? J Bone Joint Surg; 87-A(8):1761-1768, 2005.

Scher DM, Sala D, Feldman D, Lehman WB. Predicting the Need for Tenotomy in the Ponseti Technique for Correction of Clubfeet. J Pediatr Orthop, 24(4): 349-352, 2004.

Scher DM, Mubarak SJ. Surgical Prevention of Foot Deformities in Patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, J Pediatric Orthop. 22(3): 384-391, 2002.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

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Dr. David Scher, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Contact Information

Office Locations

Hospital for Special Surgery
5th fl
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1253
Fax: 212.774.2581

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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