About Dr. Adkison

Dr. Adkison

David P. Adkison, MD

Board Certified Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. David P. Adkison is a decorated Navy Veteran who served as Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda and as Attending Orthopedic Surgeon for the White House Medical Unit and the US Capitol Physician’s Office. His patients have included the President, members of Congress, members of the Cabinet, Supreme Court, foreign dignitaries and elite military warriors.  Dr. Adkison’s focus is almost exclusively on treatment of shoulder problems, although he still performs routine arthroscopic knee surgery.  He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. Dr. Adkison has a patent pending on a new technique he developed for total shoulder replacement surgery that allows immediate motion, is much less painful, utilizes a 3 inch incision and yields superior outcomes compared to the traditional approach. He also is the founder and senior surgeon of American Physicians Group practicing at SUHA Hospital in Suzhou, People’s Republic of China.

Medical Degree

University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, Alabama

Orthopedic Surgery Residency

National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

Knee, Shoulder & Sports Medicine Fellowship

The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah

Specialty Board Certification

Diplomate, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery through 2024

Medical Organizations

Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
Arthroscopy Association of North America
International Congress for Joint Reconstruction
Mid America Orthopedic Association

Military Service

Operation Restore Hope, First Marine Division, Mogadishu, Somalia
General Medical Officer, Third Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, Okinawa
Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Commendation Medals
Retired with 20 years of active duty


Excellence in Research Award, Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, 1997
Patient’s Choice Award (The American Registry), 2008 – present
America’s Best Doctors, 2009 – present
America’s Top Orthopedic Surgeons (Consumer Research Council), 2009 – present


Consultant for Smith and Nephew, Inc.,; Stryker Corporation; Organogenesis
Investor in Vestavia Hills Imaging Center

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