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Dana Covey, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery, San Diego, CA, VA San Diego Healthcare System

DanaCurtisCoveyMDMSc, FACS, FAOA

Orthopaedic Surgery San Diego, CA

Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California San Diego

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Summary

  • I am a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine with an emphasis on knee and shoulder injuries.

    A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, I served as a Navy orthopaedic surgeon prior to joining the UC San Diego faculty. I am a combat veteran who has made multiple, lengthy deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other theaters as a leader of Marine Corps forward surgical teams responsible for saving the lives and limbs of Marines and Sailors severely wounded on the battlefield. I was also chairman and orthopaedic surgeon at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, where I treated complex sports-related injuries in service members including elite warrior-athletes in the Marine Corps and Navy SEALs.

    I am a diplomate and oral examiner of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a Fellow of the American Orthopaedic Association, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, where I served on the Board of Councilors.
  • Sports Doctors & Athletic Trainers - Sports Medicine - UC San Diego Health

    UC San Diego Health is the one place ranked number one in San Diego by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals metro area rankings.

Education & Training

  • Louisiana State University (Shreveport)
    Louisiana State University (Shreveport)Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, 1984 - 1989
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
    University of Washington School of MedicineClass of 1984
  • Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System
    Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health SystemFellowship, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • United States Naval Academy
    United States Naval AcademyBS, Oceanography, Dean's and Superintendent's Honors Lists
  • University of Idaho
    University of IdahoMSc, Physiology (Immunology)
  • Louisiana State University (Shreveport)
    Louisiana State University (Shreveport)Internship, Orthopaedic Surgery

Certifications & Licensure

  • WA State Medical License
    WA State Medical License 1992 - 2025
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 2013 - 2025
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 1989 - 1994
  • LA State Medical License
    LA State Medical License 1985 - 1994
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • 2017 Outstanding Service Award Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2017
  • Legion of Merit United States Navy, 2013
  • Presidential Commendation American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2013
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Publications & Presentations

PubMed

Journal Articles

  • Fusobacterium nucleatum osteomyelitis of the femur in a patient with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia: A Case Report  
    Foran I, Kinney MC, Botte MJ, Covey DC, J Bone Joint Surg Case Connector, 1/1/2016

Books/Book Chapters

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Press Mentions

  • Captain Dana C. Covey, MD, Receives American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' Highest Leadership Honor
    Captain Dana C. Covey, MD, Receives American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' Highest Leadership HonorMarch 14th, 2019

Committees

  • Member, AANA Education Committee 2016 - Present
  • Board of Councilors, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2011 - 2017
  • Member, AAOS Extremity War Injuries and Disaster Preparedness Committee 2007 - 2012
  • Oral Examiner, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 2003 - 2017
  • Board of Directors, Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons 1998 - 2017

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