David A. Friscia, M.D.
“Foot and ankle surgery is especially challenging with the breadth and diversity of patients, conditions, and the need to be creative in your problem solving.”
David A. Friscia, M.D. joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 1990 to serve as director of the Center’s foot and ankle program. A Southern California native, Dr. Friscia was raised in Long Beach.
He says he always had an interest in science and a desire to work with people, which is why he pursued medicine. He has been involved in implant design and research. In addition, he is an Assistant Editor of the journal Foot & Ankle International.
Dr. Friscia graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. Returning to California, he earned his Medical Degree from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). Following medical school in 1984, he spent five years as a resident at UCLA. In 1990, he went to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ and received his subspecialty training as a fellow in foot and ankle surgery.
Dr. Friscia is a member of the American Medical Association, California Medical Association, American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, North American Foot & Ankle Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and serves as an assistant clinical professor at USC where he teaches surgery residents and students.
He was recently President of the Riverside County Medical Association and has several terms as an officer of the Medical Staff of Eisenhower Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Friscia has served as Chairman and is President of Desert Orthopedic Center, and has served as Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center Medical Director. He also was Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Eisenhower Medical Center for 4 years and has served on numerous committees and has had many leadership roles.