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David H. Godfried, MD

David H. Godfried, MD

Speciality: Pediatric Orthopedics

Board-certified pediatric orthopedic surgeon and New York native, Dr. David Godfried has practiced for more than 20 years in Nassau County and New York City, specializing in pediatric orthopedics.

After graduating from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Medical School, Dr. Godfried completed his residency and fellowships at the University of Minnesota, Shriners Hospital for Children and The Children’s Memorial Medical Center at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. During his time at these prestigious children’s hospitals, he developed advanced capabilities in caring for Nassau County’s smallest patients, making even the most complex treatments kid-friendly.

Dr. Godfried’s professional experience as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in New York includes serving as Director of the Center for Children and the Ignacio Ponseti Clubfoot Center at the NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital and Chief of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Division at Northwell Health’s Children’s Hospital, as serving as an instructor of orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Dr. Godfried has been actively involved in research and teaching for his entire career, most recently as an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedics and Pediatrics at the NYU School of Medicine. He is committed to providing exceptional care for children and adolescents in an environment that is both child and family friendly.

Licensure and Certification

  • 07/96 – 12/99 Illinois License Registration # 36-092777
  • 07/99 – 12/02 Texas License Registration # K8175
  • 08/02 – present New York License Registration # 226281
  • 07/92 – present National Board of Medical Examiners
  • 07/00 – present American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education & Training

  • 09/76 – 06/80 Diploma Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, NY
  • 09/80 – 05/84 BA History Columbia College, Columbia Univ, NY
  • 09/86 – 05/87 None Pre-med School General Studies, Columbia Univ, NY
  • 08/87 – 05/91 MD Medicine Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia Univ, NY
  • 01/18 – 05/20 MBA MBA NYU Stern School of Business, NY

Internship and Residency

  • 07/91 – 06/92 Intern in General Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • 07/92 – 06/96 Resident Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


  • 08/96 – 07/97 Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis Fellowship, Shriners Hospital for Children, Chicago, IL
  • 08/97 – 06/98 Ryerson Pediatric Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Fellowship, Northwestern University, Children’s Memorial Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Awards and Honors

  • 1983 Captain, Varsity Heavy Weight Crew, Columbia College
  • 1984 Senior Society Sachems, Columbia College
  • 1984 Stephen P. Abby Memorial Award, Columbia College
  • 1989 Rudin Foundation Scholarship, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 2000 Clinical Research Scholar Award, Texas Tech University Medical School
  • 2001 Underwood Chair Pediatric Orthopaedics, Texas Tech University
  • 2007 LIJ Residency Program Teacher of the Year Award
  • 2008 LIJ Residency Program Outstanding Achievement Award
  • 2008 Election to the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
  • 2018 NYU Langone Orthopaedic Department Faculty Teaching Award

Professional Societies and Associations

  • 2002 – present American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2002 – present Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • 2002 – present American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • 2004 – present Pediatric Orthopaedic Club of New York, President (2012 -2014)
  • 2007 – present American Academy of Pediatrics
  • 2008 – present American Orthopaedic Association

Major Administrative Responsibilities (Work History)

  • 09/99 – 07/02 Medical Director, Children’s Orthopaedic Center, Texas Tech University Medical School, Lubbock, TX
  • 08/02 – 03/09 Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Schneider Children’s Hospital, North Shore – LIJ Health System, New Hyde Park, NY
  • 04/09 – 03/12 Private Practice, Long Island, NY 03/12 – 12/19 Full-time Faculty Appointment, NYU School of Medicine
  • 10/15 – 11/16 Interim Chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU
  • 05/15 – 08/19 Medical Director Medicaid Clinic, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital