David S. Weiss, MD

  • Specialties: Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-263-7743

About Me

I believe that orthopedic care should be personalized, and I always make time to discuss my patients’ problems, concerns, and the various treatment options available at NYU Langone. I offer them a comprehensive consultation, which includes an examination, diagnostic tests, and a review of the results of testing, which includes X-rays and, when necessary, MRI scans.

At the beginning of treatment, I recommend sets of stretches and strengthening exercises in addition to providing patients with a referral to physical therapy. Sometimes, I also suggest medications or shoe modifications. For many people, these treatments can resolve symptoms. When a person’s condition does not improve, I recommend other procedures, such as injections or surgery.

I specialize in sports medicine, helping performing artists move past orthopedic injuries, so they can return to the stage. I provide care for various dance groups, including the Mark Morris Dance Group, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Parsons Dance Company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Ballet Hispanico, and—for its Manhattan engagements—Cirque du Soleil. I was the orthopedist for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1999 to 2011, when it disbanded.

I am proud to have served as the orthopedist for more than 60 Broadway and off-Broadway theatrical productions, including The Will Rogers Follies, Guys & Dolls, Miss Saigon, Cats, The Who’s Tommy, Grease, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Riverdance on Broadway, Wicked, Evita, War Horse, Book of Mormon, Once, Les Misérables, and Motown. I also provide orthopedic care to The Juilliard School, where I work with student musicians, dancers, actors, and singers.

When treating these artists, I work closely with physical therapists, athletic trainers, and acupuncturists who specialize in performing arts medicine. We provide the best and most comprehensive care possible.

Conditions and Treatments

orthopedic surgery, physical rehabilitation, sports injury, sprain, muscle pull or tear, tendinitis, stress fracture, foot surgery, knee injury, knee arthroscopy, meniscus operation, achilles tendon rupture, achilles tendinitis, patellar tendonitis, foot arthritis (non-specific), foot fracture, metatarsalgia, sesamoiditis, ankle injuries, ankle sprain, ankle surgery, patellofemoral pain syndrome, bunion, hallux rigidus, piriformis syndrome, orthopedic surgery
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  • Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Assoc Director Harkness Center for Dance Injuries
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery, 1989
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, University of Chicago Medical Center, Sports Medicine, 1987
  • Residency, NYU Medical Center, Orthopaedic Surgery, 1986
  • MD from Yale University, 1981

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David S. Weiss, M.D.

317 East 34th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10016

Research My Research


dance medicine, performing arts medicine

Academic Contact

Academic office

317-23 East 34th Street

Eighth Floor

New York, NY 10016



Research Interests Timeline

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  • Early knee changes in dancers identified by ultra-high-field 7 T MRI

    Chang, G; Diamond, M; Nevsky, G; Regatte, R R; Weiss, D S Chang, G; Diamond, M; Nevsky, G; Regatte, R R; Weiss, D S
    Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports. 2014 Aug. 24 (4): 678-682

  • Iontophoresis successfully delivers dexamethasone sodium phosphate to dermis as measured by microdialysis

    Joshi, Abhay; Stagni, Grazia; Cleary, Ann; Patel, Komal; Weiss, David S; Hagins, Marshall Joshi, Abhay; Stagni, Grazia; Cleary, Ann; Patel, Komal; Weiss, David S; Hagins, Marshall
    Journal of pharmaceutical sciences. 2014 Jan. 103 (1): 191-196

  • Micro-finite element analysis applied to high-resolution MRI reveals improved bone mechanical competence in the distal femur of female pre-professional dancers

    Chang, G; Rajapakse, C S; Diamond, M; Honig, S; Recht, M P; Weiss, D S; Regatte, R R Chang, G; Rajapakse, C S; Diamond, M; Honig, S; Recht, M P; Weiss, D S; Regatte, R R
    Osteoporosis international. 2013 Apr. 24 (4): 1407-1417

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