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Orthopaedic Surgeon
Providing patient care is a blessing and is not a privilege I take for granted. I pride myself on doing all I can to...
David William Fabi, MD - Joint Replacement Specialist

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David William Fabi, MD
David William Fabi, MD

David William Fabi, MD
San Diego Orthopaedic Associates Medical Group
Adult Reconstruction Specialist and General Orthopaedic Surgeon

Recent Recipient of Leaders in Total Joint Replacement: Generation Next Award for recognition as one of Top 40 Nationwide emerging orthopaedic surgeon leaders.

Dr Fabi is a board certified, fellowship trained high volume joint replacement specialist. He trained at the prestigious Rush University, a world renowned joint replacement center where he trained with the best and brightest in the field. There he learned cutting edge techniques, treatments and how to treat complex joint disorders. Dr. Fabi is also one of the earliest adopters of Robotic Joint Replacement and is one of the acknowledged experts in the field of Robotic Joint Replacement. Dr. Fabi also writes book chapters and publishes numerous articles in the subject of joint replacements. Being an expert in the field, he also give numerous lectures around the country.

Personal Approach to Treating Patients

Providing patient care is a blessing and is not a privilege I take for granted. I pride myself on doing all I can to improve the quality of life of my patients in a compassionate educated and thorough manner. When the physician and patient communicate effectively and work together for a common goal, optimal treatment can be attained. In addition, I value connecting with my patients on a professional and above all, personal level.

Education

2000-2004 University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois
M.D. (2004)
Graduated with Outstanding Distinction
USMLE Step 1: 243 (90th percentile licensing exam)
1996-2000 University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
BS Cell and Molecular Biology with High Distinction (2000)
Angell Scholar
GPA 3.9/4.0


Post Graduate Training

2009-2010 Rush University, Joint Reconstruction Fellowship
Chicago, IL
Program Directors: Craig Della Valle, MD, Aaron Rosenberg, MD
and Wayne Paprosky, MD
2004-2009 University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Orthopedics
Chicago, Illinois
Educational Chief Resident, Orthopaedics (Elected by peers and staff)
Orthopaedic-In-Training-Exam: 91st percentile
Graduated top of orthopaedic resident class

Publications

  1. Fabi DW, Goldstein WM, Gordon AC. Dislocation of an S-ROM Total Hip Arthroplasty Secondary to Traumatic Femoral Stem Dissociation from the Metaphyseal Sleeve. Journal of Arthroplasty January 2009.
  2. Fabi DW, Gonzalez MH, Goldstein WM. Acetabular Cup Revision with the Use of the Medial Protrusio Technique at an Average Follow-up of 6.6 Years.  Journal of Arthroplasty February 2010, Epub ahead of print May 11, 2009
  3. Fabi DW, Mohan V, Goldstein WM, Dunn J, Murphy B. Unilateral Versus Bilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty: Risk Factors Increasing Morbidity. J Arthroplasty. 2011 Aug;26(5):668-73. Epub 2010 Sep 28.
  4. Levine BR, Fabi DW, Deirmengian C. Digital Templating in Primary Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. Orthopedics. 2010 Nov 2;33(11):797
  5. Fabi DW, Levine BR. Porous metal in orthopedic applications. (Accepted to 11th International Essen Symposium Proceedings Volume November 2010)
  6. Fabi DW, Levine BR. Majoras N. Chronic renal failure and catastrophic failure of an acetabular component: a case report. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Jun 15;93(12):e681-4
  7. Hsu A, Kim JD, Fabi DW, Levine BR. Adverse Reactions in Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Arthroplasty: Two Cases Presenting as Pseudo-septic Acetabular Component Loosening. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2011 Oct;40(10):509-513
  8. Fabi DW,  Levine BR, Paprosky W, Sporer S, DellaValle CV, Klein G, Levine H, Hartzband M.   Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Revisions: A Review o Causes, Clinical Outcomes  and  a High Incidence of Early Failure.  (Accepted to Orthopedics 2012).

Book Chapters

  1. Fabi DW, Levine BR. Book Chapter: “Porous Coatings in Metallic Implant Materials”.  Handbook of Materials for Medical Devices 2nd Edition.
  2. Fabi DW, Levine BR. “Managing Severe Bone Loss in Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty with Highly Porous Titanium and Tantalum Cones”. Knee Arthroplasty: Types, Procedures and Risks. (Review Book to be published 2012)
  3. Fabi DW, Levine BR, Rosenberg AG. Management of the Stiff Knee: Case Presentations- Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty. Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, edited by Dr. Giles R. Scuderi with Drs. AJ Tria, Michael Kang, and William Long.

Periodicals

  1. “Complication Rate twice as high for bilateral than unilateral TKA”. Orthopaedics Today. November 2010.
  2. “New Joint a Good Fit?”. Union Tribune San Diego Newspaper. February 19, 2013

Online Presentations/ Articles

2013 Fabi DW,(contributor) Painful workout injuries. Mensfitness.com
2012 Fabi DW, (contributor) Symptom-reducing new year’s resolutions.  Lifesscript.com
2011 Fabi DW,  Levine BR, Paprosky W, Sporer S. Metal-on-Metal Hip Revisions: A review of Common Causes and a High Incidence of Early Failure. 2011 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Meeting ePoster Presentation.

Submissions/projects

  • Fabi DW, Nicole Majoras BA, Brett R Levine MD. Efficacy of Fibrin Sealant Evicel in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: A Retrospective Case-Control Study.
  • Fabi DW, Levine BR. Book Chapter: “Porous Metals in Orthopaedic Surgery”.  Thin films and Coating in Biological Applications (Springer)
  • Fabi DW. Jung E. Levine BR. Porous tantalum cones in revision total knee arthroplasty. (To be submitted 2012).
  • Fabi DW. Septic arthritis of the native hip. The Adult Hip: Arthroplasty and its alternatives 3rd edition. Editors: Rubash H, Clohisy J, Callaghan J, Della Valle C, Rosenberg A, Parvizi J. (to be published 2013)
  • Fabi DW. Patient-specific and customized knee replacements: an unproven yet promising technology and are we looking at appropriate outcome measures. (review article to be submitted 2012)
  • Fabi DW. Wile PB. Cadaveric analytic comparison of Conformis customized knees versus Biomet Vanguard knees.
  • Fabi DW. Levine BR. Chapter “Hard-on-Hard Bearing Surfaces in THA: What to do when it all goes wrong”. Contemporary Controversies in Adult Reconstruction. World Clinics in Orthopaedics. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers

Awards and Honors

2016 Recently awarded TOP DOC 2016 by San Diego Magazine
2013 “Leaders in Joint Replacement: Generation Next”- One of the top 40 nationwide emerging leaders among orthopedic surgeons
2011 Finalist for Physician in Training Award Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, Tucson, Arizona 2011
2009 UIC Asok K Ray Award for Superior Knowledge of Orthopaedics (Highest Average In Service Exam)- Top of Orthopaedic Resident Class
1997-2000 University Honors Award
1996-1998 James B. Angell Scholar Award
1996 Dave Floyd Citizenship Award for Model Student-Athlete

 

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