David W. Hennessy, MD

Dr. David Hennessy is a dual fellowship trained, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he specializes in total joint replacement of the hip and knee and the surgical management of musculoskeletal tumors.

He takes care of a wide range of hip and knee pathologies requiring joint replacement. He performs both anterior and posterior hip replacements and tailors his approach based on each patient’s unique clinical presentation. In addition to total hip and knee replacements he performs robotic-assisted partial knee replacements, complex joint reconstructions, and revision hip and knee replacements. His surgical technique focuses on minimally invasive approaches which limit tissue injury and enhance the speed of recovery. This surgical philosophy is complimented by the excellent team of physical therapists and supportive staff which help patients return to maximum function as soon as possible.

His care of musculoskeletal tumors includes both benign and malignant tumors, particularly the management of extremity and pelvic sarcomas. He cares for both adult and pediatric patients who have bone or soft tissue tumors. At UW we practice a multi-disciplinary approach and work in conjunction with the top tier team of medical and radiation oncologists at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Clinical Interests
  • Anterior and posterior hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Robotic-assisted joint replacement
  • Complex joint replacement
  • Revision total joint replacement
  • Management of benign and malignant musculoskeletal tumors
  • Surgical management of extremity and pelvic sarcomas
  • Management of metastatic cancer involving the skeleton
  • Fellowship - Adult Reconstructive Surgery
    Massachusetts General Hospital, 2017-18
  • Fellowship - Orthopedic Oncology
    Massachusetts General Hospital, 2016-17
  • Residency - Orthopedic Surgery
    University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, 2011-16
  • Medical Doctorate
    University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 2007-11
Research Interests
  • Clinical outcomes of patients after total joint replacement
  • Biomechanical research of total joint replacement implants
  • Developing new methods to deliver drugs (e.g. antibiotics or pain medication) by orthopedic implants
  • Multi-center studies to optimize and standardize the management of patients with musculoskeletal cancers
Professional Activities
  • Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Honors & Awards
  • 3rd Place Young Investigator presentation at the 2016 MSTS Annual Meeting
  • Chief Resident Outstanding Research Award, 2016
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society, Iowa Chapter
  • Research Distinction Track, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 2011
  • Robert J. Roberts Award for Achievement in Medical Pharmacology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 2008
  • Outstanding Achievement in Medical Biochemistry, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 2007
  • Ponseti Prize in Orthopaedic Research, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 2007
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