David Kovacevic, MD

Columbia University

New York, New York 

  Dr. David Kovacevic is a shoulder, elbow and sports medicine surgeon who cares for athletes at all levels and across all age groups. He is the chief of shoulder, elbow, and sports medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University. He specializes in the treatment of arthritic conditions of the shoulder and elbow, complex shoulder instability, rotator cuff injuries, shoulder and elbow fractures, ACL and meniscal injuries, advanced arthroscopy for sports-related injuries of the shoulder, elbow, and knee, and complex shoulder and elbow reconstruction. 

  Dr. Kovacevic is the head team physician for Columbia University Rugby and a consultant for New Orleans Gold Rugby Club and Yale University Rugby. His personal mission is to provide compassionate, quality, world class care to adults, adolescents, and athletes at all levels who sustain injuries of the shoulder, elbow, and knee.


  Dr. Kovacevic currently holds the K08 clinician-scientist research career development award from the National Institutes of Health for the investigation of “Inflammation in rotator cuff tear and repair”. He has a strong interest in biologic augmentation of tendon-to-bone healing and the prevention of rotator cuff muscle “fatty atrophy”. His translational research work aligns well with his clinical research interests. He co-leads the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Massive Rotator Cuff Tear Research Group, an international multi-center collaboration, which has been tasked with improving our understanding, treatment, and management in patients with massive rotator cuff tears. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters, and given more than 30 scientific presentations at national meetings.


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