Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has a new orthopaedic surgeon

Dr. David A. Halsey is the Vermont Medical Society’s Physician of the Year.

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Dr. David Halsey, the new orthopaedic surgeon at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. — Rachel Vanderhoop

Dr. David A. Halsey will join Martha’s Vineyard Hospital this week as its new, full-time, permanent orthopaedic surgeon.

Before joining Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Dr. Halsey was director of the joint replacement program at the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Center, and a professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington.

According to a press release, in March of this year Dr. Halsey was named second vice president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) board of directors, and was recently named Physician of the Year by the Vermont Medical Society (VMS).

The VMS Physician of the Year award is granted to a doctor who has demonstrated skillful, compassionate, and outstanding performance in the quality of care given to patients.

“We are both pleased and excited to welcome Dr. Halsey to our organization,” Martha’s Vineyard Hospital CEO Joe Woodin said in the press release. “His expertise in the field of orthopaedics and rehabilitation is second to none, and his recent recognition by the Vermont Medical Society speaks not only to his knowledge and understanding of joint replacement, but also to his compassionate and empathetic approach to meeting his patients’ needs.”

Dr. Halsey specializes in patient-centric care and surgical risk-reduction strategies with a focus on sports medicine, hip and knee replacement, minimal-incision shoulder surgery, and reconstructive surgery of the wrist, hand, ankle, and foot.

“Plus,” Dr. Halsey said, referring to his own successful hip-replacement surgery, “I’ve been there. And having dealt with the questions and uncertainty that come with joint replacement surgery, it makes it easier for me to say to someone considering a similar procedure, ‘I’ve had to make the same choices you’re challenged with, and I can help you through this.’”

Dr. Halsey earned his bachelor of arts degree at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., and his medical degree from the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed a general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Vermont.