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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. David Hennessy specializes in total joint replacement of the hip and knee and the surgical management of musculoskeletal tumors. He completed his residency at UW Hospital and Clinics and served as the orthopedic surgery chief resident. He then completed two additional subspecialty fellowships with advanced training in hip/knee replacement and orthopedic oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital.


He takes care of a wide range of hip and knee pathologies requiring joint replacement. He performs both anterior and posterior hip replacements and tailors his approach based on each patient’s unique clinical presentation. In addition to total hip and knee replacements he performs robotic-assisted partial knee replacements, complex joint reconstructions, and revision hip and knee replacements. His surgical technique focuses on minimally invasive approaches which limit tissue injury and enhance the speed of recovery. This surgical philosophy is complimented by the excellent team of physical therapists and supportive staff which help patients return to maximum function as soon as possible.


His care of musculoskeletal tumors includes both benign and malignant tumors, particularly the management of extremity and pelvic sarcomas. He cares for both adult and pediatric patients who have bone or soft tissue tumors. At UW we practice a multi-disciplinary approach and work in conjunction with the top tier team of medical and radiation oncologists at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.


Orthopedic Surgery

Anterior and Posterior Total Hip Replacement

Joint Replacement Revision Surgery

Knee Pain

Management of Benign and Malignant Musculoskeletal Tumors

Management of Metastatic Cancer Involving the Skeleton

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction and Replacement

Orthopedic Oncology

Partial Knee Replacement

Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement

Surgical Management of Extremity and Pelvic Sarcomas

Total Knee Replacement


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UW Health at The American Center
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UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Professional Certifications and Education

Fellowship Adult Reconstructive Surgery and Orthopedic Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.