David R. Whiddon, MD FAAOS
David R. Whiddon, MDOrthopaedic Associates of West Florida
Arthritis, Arthroscopic Surgery, Deformity, Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine
Type of practice
Scope of practice
Specialist within orthopaedic surgery
My approach to treating patients
To provide the highest quality of comprehensive Orthopaedic Surgical Care available anywhere to individuals in Pasco and Pinellas County and beyond. My practice specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and total joint replacement surgery. Additionally, I treat disorders of the hip and knee with arthroscopic and minimally invasive techniques intended to speed recovery and enhance early function.
In many cases, surgery is the best treatment for debilitating arthritis. However, it is my goal to explain all the options for treating arthritis and the benefits of both operative and non-operative treatment. There is a lot of valuable patient information available today that can answer many questions a patient may have, or help to calm some concerns they may have. However, I believe that my staff and I may be your most valuable resource for any thoughts or concerns you have, which is why we are here.
It is my goal to take the time to not only understand your orthopaedic problem but to also understand your goals and desires. That foundation permits us to determine the best course of action and balance the pros and cons of the possible options.
I strive to stay on top of the latest advances in technology in order to continue to provide my patients with the very best treatment for their problem. I specialize in direct anterior total hip replacements and accelerated recovery protocols.
A native of Tampa, Dr. Whiddon graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree. He obtained his MD from the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his internship and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. He then traveled to Boston, Massachusetts and served as an Otto E. Aufranc Total Joint Fellow at the Tufts-New England Baptist Hospital, where he was extensively trained in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the hip and knee. He studied tissue-preserving hip replacement, computer-assisted surgery, and complex hip and knee reconstructions. During his fellowship, Dr. Whiddon performed more than 600 total hip and knee replacements and revisions. He has broad experience with the various surgical techniques and implants that have been specifically designed for patients of all ages and every activity level.
Dr. Whiddon practiced Orthopaedic Surgery in the Navy and is proud of his 13 years of military service. While on active duty, he cared for the men and women of the Armed Forces, their families, and retirees. Following completion of his active duty service, he had the opportunity to develop a brand-new orthopaedic total joint program in Pennsylvania. He introduced the direct anterior total hip replacement, fast-track joint replacement, and his accelerated recovery program to the patients of south-central Pennsylvania. After a twenty-year absence, he is exhilarated to finally return to his home state to join the expert team of physicians at the Orthopaedic Associates of West Florida.
His practice is focused on the treatment of general orthopaedic problems with a special interest in hip and knee replacement and revision. He utilizes minimally invasive techniques that provide the potential for shorter recovery times, accelerated rehabilitation, and durable, long-lasting joint replacements. He is an expert in minimally invasive total hip replacement through the direct anterior approach. He also specializes in the diagnosis of problems and treatment of painful or failed total joint replacements. Additionally, Dr. Whiddon is skilled in the arthroscopic treatment of hip disorders, permitting younger individuals with hip problems to return to a healthy active lifestyle using cutting-edge techniques.
Education and Training
Fellowship: Otto E. Aufranc Fellow in Adult Reconstruction Tufts- New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA 2006-2007
Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA 2001- 2005
Internship: General Surgery Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA 1998-1999
Medical School: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA 1998
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Honors, Zoology University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 1994
- Wellspan Orthopedics York, PA 2011- 2014
- Active Duty United States Navy 1998-2011
- Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon: Adult Reconstruction 2007-2011
Bone and Joint Sports Medicine Institute,
Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA 2005-2006
- Group Surgeon Marine Air Control Group 28 Cherry Point, NC 1999-2001
- Assistant Professor of Surgery Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences 2007-2011
- Clinical Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery Tufts University School of Medicine 2006- 2007
Licensure and Certification
- Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Expiration July 2019
- State of Florida: ME119574
Expiration January 2016
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: MD441209
Expiration December 2014
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2001-present
- American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons 2007- present
HONORS AND RECOGNITION
- 2006 Herodicus Award- American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Comparison of a double bundle arthroscopic inlay and open inlay posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using clinically relevant tools.
- Best Poster Presentation-46th Annual SOMOS Meeting
In vitro characteristics of pre-made tobramycin-PMMA beads
- General Surgery Intern of the Year 1998-1999
- Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
University of Florida, Gainesville Florida, 1994
- Golden Key National Honor Society
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1994 Publications and research
- Pullen WM, Whiddon DR. Accuracy and reliability of digital templating in primary total hip arthroplasty. J Surg Ortho Adv, 2013;22(2):148-51.
- Whiddon DR, Bono JV, Lang JE, Smith EL, Salyapongse AK. Accuracy of digital templating in total hip arthroplasty. Am J Orthop., 2011; 40(8):395-8.
- Lang JE, Bono JV, Whiddon DR, Salyapongse AK, Moezzi DM, Smith EL. Stability of revision acetabular components using the rim-fit technique. J Arthroplasty, 2010;25:128132.
- Whiddon DR, Zehms, CT, Miller MD, Quinby JS, Montgomery SL, Sekiya JK. Double compared with single-bundle open inlay posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in a cadaver model. J Bone Joint Surg Am., 2008; 90:1820-9.
- Sekiya JK, Whiddon DR, Zehms CT, Miller MD. A clinically relevant assessment of posterior cruciate ligament and posterolateral corner injuries. J Bone Joint Surg Am., 2008; 90:1621-7.
- Zehms CT, Whiddon DR, Miller MD, Quinby JS, Montgomery SL, Campbell RB, Sekiya JK. Comparison of a double bundle arthroscopic inlay and open inlay posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using clinically relevant tools: a cadaveric study. Arthroscopy, 2008; 24(4): 472-80.
- Lang JE, Whiddon DR, Smith EL, Salyapongse AS. Use of ceramics in total hip replacement. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2008; 17(1):51-7.
- Whiddon DR, Bono JV. Digital templating in total hip arthroplasty. In: Duwelius PJ, ed. Instructional Course Lectures Vol. 57 2008.
- Balsamo LH, Whiddon DR, Simpson RB. Does Antibiotic elution from PMMA beads deteriorate after 1-year shelf storage? Clin Orthop, 2007; 462:195-199.
- Whiddon DR, Sekiya JK. Double Bundle PCL Reconstruction with a Bifid Bone- Patellar Tendon- Bone Graft. Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine. 2005; 13:233-240.
- Rockwood JH, Whiddon DR, Sekiya JK. Arthroscopic Management of Avascular Necrosis. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2005; 15:273-279.
- Whiddon DR, Parker TA, Kuhn JE, Sekiya JK. Disorders of the proximal tibiofibular Joint. In: Scott WN, ed. Surgery of the Knee 4th ed. 2005
- Jiranek WA, Whiddon DR, Johnstone WT. Late loosening of press-fit cementless acetabular components. Clin Orthop, 2004; 418:172-178.
- Whiddon DR, et al. Recurrent acute pancreatitis caused by a gastric duplication cyst communicating with an aberrant pancreas. Am Surg, 1999; 65:121-124.
- Digital templating in total hip arthroplasty: How good are we? 51st Annual Meeting of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, Honolulu, HI, Dec 15-18, 2009.
- Infection in total hip arthroplasty. 2008 Mid-Atlantic Resident Arthroplasty Meeting, Norfolk, VA, Nov 15-16, 2008.
- Evaluation of the painful hip: Taking a hip history. 2008 Mid-Atlantic Resident Arthroplasty Meeting, Norfolk, VA, Nov 15-16, 2008.
- Biomechanical stability of retrograde femoral nails in the treatment of proximal femur fractures- How high is too high? 57th Annual Meeting of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society, Norfolk, Virginia, May 14-16, 2004
- Biomechanical stability of retrograde femoral nails in the treatment of proximal femur fractures- How high is too high? Naval Medical Center Portsmouth 19th Annual Research Competition, April 16, 2004.
- Biomechanical stability of retrograde femoral nails in the treatment of proximal femur fractures- How high is too high? 44th annual meeting of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Diego, California, Dec. 10-14, 2002.
- Athletic Injuries to the First MTP Joint
- Fat Embolism Syndrome and Thromboembolic Disorders in the Injured Patient
- Application of Lower Extremity Traction
- Management of Acetabular Bone Deficiency in Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty
- Basic Science: Meniscus Anatomy and Function
- Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Injuries
- Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty
- Total Hip Arthroplasty for Femoral Neck Fractures
- The Hip Exam- intern lecture series.
- Blood Management Strategies in Total Joint Arthroplasty
- Management of Instability in Total Hip Arthroplasty
- Radiographic evaluation of total hip arthroplasty
- Basics of Total Knee Arthroplasty
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Periprosthetic Infection
- Stability of revision acetabular components using the rim-fit technique. Lang JE, Salyapongse AK, Whiddon DR, Moezzi DM, Bono JV, Smith EL. 75th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, March 5-9, 2008.
- Accuracy of a cylindrical radiographic marker in assessing magnification of total hip radiographs. Krasinski K, Whiddon DR, Bono JV. 75th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, March 5-9, 2008.
- Limb lengthening is a common consequence of total knee arthroplasty. Lang JE, Lonner JH, Murphy SB, Whiddon DR, Salyapongse AK, Smith EL, Bono JV, Scott RD. 75th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, March 5-9, 2008.
- Orthopaedic Fracture Registry: A One-Year Experience at Naval Hospital Okinawa. Whiddon DR, Gordon J, Kurtz CA. 47th Annual Meeting of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orlando, FL, Dec 12-16, 2005.
- In vitro characteristics of pre-made tobramycin-PMMA beads. Balsamo LH, Whiddon DR, Simpson RB. 46th annual meeting of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, Vail, Colorado, Dec 6-11, 2004.
- Biomechanical stability of retrograde femoral nails in the treatment of proximal femur fractures- How high is too high? Whiddon DR, Simpson RB. 19th Annual NMCP Research Competition, Portsmouth, Virginia, April 2004.
- Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva presenting as juvenile bunions: A case report and review of the literature. Whiddon DR, Slakey JB, Simpson RB. 43rd annual meeting of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, Vail, Colorado, Dec. 10-15, 2001.
- Late migration of plasma sprayed titanium cementless acetabular components inserted without screws. Jiranek WA, Whiddon DR, Johnstone WT. 65th annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 19-23, 1998