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David H. So, M.D.Hip & Knee Arthroplasty

Hip & Knee Arthroplasty

Clinical Interests

Dr. So is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement for the treatment of hip and knee arthritis. He also treats patients with meniscal injuries of the knee, tears of the patellar and quadriceps tendons, avascular necrosis of the hip, fractures of the proximal femur, infected hip and knee replacements, as well as fractures around joint replacements.

Research Interests

Dr. So's research interests include hip-spine relations pertaining to the optimal position of the acetabular cup as well as periprosthetic joint infections and risk factors associated with the failure of two-stage reimplantation procedures.

Background

Dr. So received his undergraduate degree in Industrial & Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. He then earned his medical doctorate degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. He then stayed in Detroit to complete his orthopaedic residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Following residency, he completed an additional fellowship year focusing on complex joint replacement and adult reconstructive surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Bachelor of Science
    Industrial & Operations Engineering
    1997 – 2001
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine
    Detroit, Michigan
    Doctor of Medicine 2005 – 2009
  • Henry Ford Health System
    Detroit, Michigan
    Residency
    Orthopaedic Surgery
    2009 – 2014
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Fellowship
    Adult Reconstruction
    2014 – 2015

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

  • Assistant Clinical Professor
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    University of California, Irvine
    10/2015 – present
  • Associate Residency Program Director
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    University of California, Irvine
    7/2018 – present

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

  • Attending in Orthopaedic Surgery
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    University of California, Irvine
    10/2015 – present
  • Chief, Division of Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    University of California, Irvine
    7/2018 – present

LICENSES

  • Medical Board of California
    Physicians' and Surgeon's License: A136697
    2015 – 6/30/23
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    Medical Physician and Surgeon License: MD452423
    2014 – 2016

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons Part I Examination2014
  • California Radiography & Fluoroscopy Supervisor & Operator Permit
    RHD 00200171
    2015 – 9/30/23
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Part II (expiration 12/31/27)2017
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification2017

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Certification

  • GCP for Clinical Trials with Drugs and Medical Devices, Record ID 39768111through 2/2024
  • Biomedical Investigators, Record ID 40982538through 5/2026
  • IRB Members – Biomedical, Record ID 40745560through 2/2026