The only orthopedic surgeon in Central Massachusetts who focuses on elbow
pathology is also one of the newest members of the UMass Memorial orthopedics
team. David Magit, MD, started seeing patients in February 2010, fresh from a
mini-fellowship with the renowned Canadian elbow, hand and wrist surgeon Graham
Before that, Dr. Magit completed an orthopedic trauma AO Foundation
fellowship in Austria and a sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe
Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. He did his orthopedics residency at Yale-New
Haven Hospital and received his medical degree from Tufts University School of
"I love orthopedics," Dr. Magit said. "As a former athlete who's suffered
several injuries, I was automatically drawn to sports injuries during my
What drew him to UMass Memorial?
"I was looking for a place where I could have a busy clinical practice but
also do a lot of teaching and research," he said. "I was impressed by the
comprehensive care the orthopedics department offers and heard great things
about the camaraderie here."
Dr. Magit leads the UMass Memorial Orthopedics at Milford practice, where he
focuses on elbow pathology and general orthopedics. He also sees patients on the
Hahnemann Campus of UMass Memorial Medical Center.
Dr. Magit handles a full range of issues, including arthritis, rheumatoid and
inflammatory arthropathies, and trauma and post-traumatic elbow injuries. "I
also deal with athletic injuries, especially in the overhead-throwing population
- pitchers, tennis and volleyball players, swimmers - doing ligamentous
reconstructions. And I do elbow arthroscopy, from fracture work to
reconstruction to elbow replacements. I also do quite a bit of shoulder and knee
work," he added.
"With ligamentous reconstruction, athletes with what were once career-ending
injuries can now resume play at a high, pre-injury level," Dr. Magit said. "And
while elbow replacements are not as common as knee or hip replacements, they are
a wonderful surgery for decreasing pain from post-traumatic or degenerative
Dr. Magit noted that today he and his colleagues perform many more minimally
invasive arthroscopic techniques. "For patients, that translates into less blood
loss, reduced soft-tissue morbidity, faster recovery and less pain," he