Dr. David So is a UCI Health orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee surgery.

David H. So, MD


Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Interests

hip fractures, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Arthroscopic knee surgery, avascular necrosis, partial knee replacement, periprosthetic fractures, periprosthetic joint infections, Revision total hip replacement, Revision total knee replacement

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  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery - General
  • English
Medical School
Wayne State University
Henry Ford Hospital - GMEOrthopedic Surgery
Henry Ford Hospital - GMEOrthopedic Surgery
University of PennsylvaniaAdult Reconstruction
Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor — Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCI School of Medicine
  • Chief, Hip & Knee Arthroplasty — Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 
Awards and Recognition
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association – 2021-2022
More Information

Dr. David H. So is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement for the treatment of knee and hip arthritis, with an emphasis on patient-centered care.

He received advanced training in joint replacement techniques, including minimally invasive, anterior-approach hip replacement, computer-assisted hip and knee arthroplasty, partial knee replacement, as well the use of medial pivot and custom knee implants. He also has extensive experience treating patients with failed or infected hip and knee replacements.

So earned his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Henry Ford Hospital, also in Detroit, followed by a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

His research interests include: studying the effects of computer-assisted joint replacement surgery on patient outcomes; improving post-operative pain control using pre-operative cryoneurolysis; periprosthetic joint infections and risk factors associated with the failure of two-stage reimplantation procedures, and patient outcomes after total knee replacement using kinematic alignment with a medial-pivot implant.

So sees patients at UCI Medical Center in Orange and UCI Health — Tustin.

UCI Health Orthopaedic Surgery Services
101 The City Drive South, Pavilion 3
Building 29A
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7012
Fax: 855-519-4485
UCI Health — Tustin
1451 Irvine Blvd.
Tustin, CA 92780
Phone: 714-838-8408
Fax: 714-838-0029