David Kovacevic, MD

David Kovacevic, MD
Shoulder and Elbow Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Accepting new patients? Yes
Referrals required? From patients or physicians
Patient type treated: Child; Adult
Board Certified in Sports Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery) and Orthopaedic Surgery

David Kovacevic, MD, specializes in complex shoulder and elbow repair, reconstruction and replacement. He is highly skilled in all arthroscopic, arthroscopic-assisted and open surgical techniques that can relieve patients of pain, restore function and improve their quality of life. 

An assistant professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Kovacevic is excited by emerging technologies that can better treat injuries of the shoulder and elbow. These technologies include less invasive shoulder replacements, regenerative therapies for rotator cuff injuries and surgical planning software for labral tears. In his own research lab, he studies genes and proteins that regulate bone-tendon healing, and he is using that knowledge to develop better biologic treatments for tendon injuries and prevention of muscle degeneration.

Dr. Kovacevic’s personal mission is simple: He strives to provide compassionate, quality, world-class care to adults, adolescents and athletes at all levels. “Together, we are going to get you better,” he tells patients. “You, my clinical team and I are all in on this journey to get you pain-free and restore your function.” One of his most memorable experiences was using his arthroscopic surgery skills to repair a traumatic rotator cuff injury for a firefighter. “Nearly one year out from surgery, he was pain-free, fully functional and back at work,” he says.

  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
  • Associate Fellowship Director Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Team Physician Yale Athletics