David Spiegel, MD
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David Andrew Spiegel, M.D.


Dr. David Spiegel works as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, specializing in neuromuscular diseases, trauma, and spinal deformities and is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a PENN Center for Global Health (CGH) Scholar. He attended Duke University for college, medical school, and orthopaedic surgical residency training, and then completed both a research and a clinical fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has served as an Honorary Consultant in Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children in Banepa, Nepal, for nearly 20 years and is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Basrah, Basrah, Iraq. He has served on the Committee on Childrens Orthopaedics in Underdeveloped Regions of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) for more than 10 years, and was chairman for 3 years. He has also served as Chairman of the Bone and Joint Decade committee of POSNA, and on the Global Courses Committee of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. He has been on the Board of Orthopaedics Overseas, Global-HELP, the Ponseti International Association, and Miracle Feet. He currently serves on the International Committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is director of their international scholars program. He has received the President's Call to Service Award (2006), by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, for 4000 hours of community service, the Golden Apple Award by Health Volunteers Overseas (2009), and an AAOS acjievement award (2014). He received the Humanitarian Award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (2013) and the Walter P. Blount Humanitarian award from the Scoliosis Research Society (2016), and the humanitarian award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2017). He has served as a consultant for the World Health Organization in Mongolia and Somalia, and was on the steering committee for the WHO’s Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care. He has delivered more than 250 invited lectures, mostly at international venues including Nepal, Iran, Iraq, China, Pakistan, Tanzania, Mongolia and Somalia. He has also co-edited a textbook entitled “Global Orthopaedics: Caring for Musculoskeletal Conditions and Injuries in Austere Settings”.