David Burnikel MD

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David Burnikel MD
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David Burnikel MD

(619) 286-9480
Primary Specialties
  • Orthopedic Surgery (Board Certified)
  • Affiliations
  • Alvarado Hospital

    Primary Office

    5555 Reservoir Drive
    Suite 104
    San Diego, CA 92120
    (619) 286-6930
    9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
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    Temple University School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, 2006

    Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans LA, Orthopaedic Surgery 2006-2011

    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston MA, Sports Medicine 2014-2015

    U.S. Navy, Staff Orthopedic Surgeon, 2011-2014
    Naval Health Clinic New England, Newport RI

    Other Specialties/Certifications

    Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Areas of Expertise

    Total and Partial Joint Replacement
    Robotics-assisted Technology
    Sports Medicine

    Areas of Interest

    • Total joint replacement
    • Robotics-assisted total and partial knee replacement
    • Fracture care
    • Sports medicine (rotator cuff tears,cartilage and ligament injuries of the knee, shoulder instability)

    Physician Bio

    Dr. Burnikel was raised in Pittsburgh and has recently joined the San Diego medical community. He has a keen interest in complex arthroscopy of the shoulder, knee and ankle, but treats a wide variety of general orthopedic conditions. Dr. Burnikel maintains an active interest in total joint replacement and fracture care, both of which were strong components of his residency training.

    Following his tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, he completed an additional year of training specifically in sports medicine. This provided him with focused and advanced training in the operative and non-operative treatment of rotator cuff tears, cartilage and ligament injuries of the knee, shoulder instability and other sports-related injuries.

    He has provided team coverage for the Boston Celtics, Merrimack College Athletics, Naval Academy Preparatory School and multiple Orleans and Jefferson Parish High School football teams.