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David M. Scher, MD

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About Dr. Scher


Dr. Scher specializes in pediatric orthopedic 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 orthopedic residency training at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in 1999. He then received fellowship training in pediatric orthopedic surgery at the Children’s Hospital of San Diego, renowned for its longstanding tradition of innovation and leadership in pediatric orthopedics.

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 orthopedic service at HSS, lectures at regional and national courses on pediatric orthopedics, 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.

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Specialized Centers

Children and Adolescent Hand and Arm (CHArm) Center

Special Expertise

Foot Disorders and Deformities in Children
Musculoskeletal Care of Cerebral Palsy
Hip Disorders in Infants and Children
Fractures in Children

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Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Co-Medical Director, Leon Root Motion Analysis Laboratory, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor, Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


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


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2017-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2010-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2017, 2020-2022
Phillip D. Wilson, Jr. Teaching Award, 2014
Recipient of POSNA/OREF Start-up Research Grant, 2015
AACPDM/Pedal-with-Pete Cerebral Palsy Research Grant, 2015



BS, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1989
MD, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, 1993
Internship: NYU Medical Center, General Surgery , New York, 1994
Residency: NYU Langone-Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Surgery, New York, NY, 1999
Fellowship: Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, California, 2000

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Selected Journal Articles

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.


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Scher as of November 22, 2019.

  • Orthopediatrics- Consultant

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

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