David H. Gibson, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in treating hip and knee disorders. He uses surgical and nonsurgical approaches to relieve pain and restore mobility for people who sometimes have struggled for years. “The transformative nature of joint replacement surgery, in particular, can be truly remarkable,” Dr. Gibson says. “The hip and knee replacements that I perform greatly improve the quality of life of my patients.”
Dr. Gibson has been practicing surgery for 30 years. He was chief of orthopaedics at the Hospital of Saint Raphael for five years, before it became the Yale New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus. In addition to providing clinical care, he has contributed to improving care by collaborating with engineers to design better hip and knee replacement implants and instruments.
He has great sensitivity to people who are struggling to accept the limitations imposed by their condition. He takes his role as a patient educator very seriously. He wants to be sure that people are aware of the nonsurgical treatments that might be available to them.
“I push knowledge, education and empowerment, so that each patient can make the best possible decision for their personal circumstances,” he says. “I hope that my efforts will remove some of the misconceptions about orthopaedic care. If people understand the options that are available to them, we will be able to make more appropriate and timely interventions, and that will mean better clinical outcomes.”