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David Shearer, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone628-206-3887
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    Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyBSMechanical Engineering
    University of WashingtonMDSchool of Medicine
    HarvardMPHSchool of Public Health
    University of California, San FranciscoResidencyOrthopaedic Surgery
    Harborview Medical CenterFellowshipOrthopaedic Trauma
    Saint Alphonsus Medical CenterFellowshipFoot and Ankle Surgery

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    Dr. Shearer completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and subsequently attended the University of Washington in Seattle for his medical school degree. Before beginning his residency training, he obtained a Masters Degree in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health focusing on clinical outcomes research and global health. He completed residency training at UCSF followed by subspecialty training in orthopaedic trauma surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and foot and ankle surgery with Dr. Mike Coughlin in Boise, Idaho. His clinical interests include the treatment of complex musculoskeletal injuries and both acute and post-traumatic conditions involving the foot and ankle. His primary research interest involves working with the Institute for Global Orthopedics and Traumatology at UCSF to improve educational and research programs in developing countries through academic partnership.

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    1. Intramedullary Nailing Versus External Fixation in the Treatment of Open Tibial Fractures in Tanzania: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 May 20; 102(10):896-905. Haonga BT, Liu M, Albright P, Challa ST, Ali SH, Lazar AA, Eliezer EN, Shearer DW, Morshed S. PMID: 32028315.
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    2. Delays to Surgery and Coronal Malalignment Are Associated with Reoperation after Open Tibia Fractures in Tanzania. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2020 May 05. Albright PD, Ali SH, Jackson H, Haonga BT, Eliezer EN, Morshed S, Shearer DW. PMID: 32379134.
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    3. Practice Patterns for Management of Pediatric Femur Fractures in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 May/Jun; 40(5):251-258. Curran PF, Albright P, Ibrahim JM, Ali SH, Shearer DW, Sabatini CS. PMID: 31425401.
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    4. The Burden of High-Energy Musculoskeletal Trauma in High-Income Countries. World J Surg. 2020 Apr; 44(4):1033-1038. Hoogervorst P, Shearer DW, Miclau T. PMID: 30043200.
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    5. Impact of North American Institutions on Orthopedic Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Orthop Clin North Am. 2020 Apr; 51(2):177-188. von Kaeppler E, Donnelley C, Roberts HJ, O'Hara NN, Won N, Shearer DW, Morshed S. PMID: 32138856.
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    6. Does Implant Choice Affect the Episode Cost of Pertrochanteric Hip Fracture for US Veterans? J Orthop Trauma. 2019 Dec; 33(12):635-641. Patterson JT, Takemoto SK, Shearer DW, Kuo AC. PMID: 31425414.
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    7. Orthopaedic Trauma in Low-resource Settings: Measuring Value. J Orthop Trauma. 2019 Nov; 33 Suppl 7:S11-S15. Ali SH, Albright P, Morshed S, Gosselin RA, Shearer DW. PMID: 31596778.
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    8. Barriers to Performing Soft Tissue Reconstruction Procedures among Orthopedic Surgeons in Low- and Middle-income Countries: Results of a Surgical Skills Training Course. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019 Oct; 7(10):e2420. Holler JT, Albright P, Challa S, Ali SH, Martins D, Keys K, Shearer DW, Terry MJ. PMID: 31772876.
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    9. Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN) Fin nail versus SIGN standard intramedullary nail for distal diaphyseal femur fractures treated via retrograde approach. Injury. 2019 Oct; 50(10):1725-1730. Liu MB, Ali SH, Haonga BT, Eliezer EN, Albright PD, Morshed S, Shearer D. PMID: 31540799.
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    10. Early treatment of open diaphyseal tibia fracture with intramedullary nail versus external fixator in Tanzania: Cost effectiveness analysis using preliminary data from Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute. SICOT J. 2019; 5:20. Haonga BT, Areu MMM, Challa ST, Liu MB, Elieza E, Morshed S, Shearer D. PMID: 31204649.
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    11. The burden of femoral shaft fractures in Tanzania. Injury. 2019 Jul; 50(7):1371-1375. Conway D, Albright P, Eliezer E, Haonga B, Morshed S, Shearer DW. PMID: 31196597.
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    12. Validation of Chichewa Short Musculoskeletal Function Assessment (SMFA) questionnaire: A cross-sectional study. Malawi Med J. 2019 03; 31(1):65-70. Chokotho L, Lau BC, Conway D, Wu HH, Shearer D, Hallan G, Gjertsen JE, Mkandawire N, Young S. PMID: 31143399.
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    13. Development of Squat-and-Smile Test as Proxy for Femoral Shaft Fracture-Healing in Patients in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 Feb 20; 101(4):353-359. Wu HH, Liu M, Challa ST, Morshed S, Eliezer EN, Haonga BT, Zirkle L, Shearer DW. PMID: 30801374.
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    14. The Cost of Intramedullary Nailing Versus Skeletal Traction for Treatment of Femoral Shaft Fractures in Malawi: A Prospective Economic Analysis. World J Surg. 2019 01; 43(1):87-95. Mustafa Diab M, Shearer DW, Kahn JG, Wu HH, Lau B, Morshed S, Chokotho L. PMID: 30094638.
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    15. Risk Factors for Conversion to Total Hip Arthroplasty After Acetabular Fractures Involving the Posterior Wall. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 12; 32(12):607-611. Firoozabadi R, Hamilton B, Toogood P, Routt MC, Shearer D. PMID: 30277977.
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    16. The extent of pediatric orthopaedic research in low- and middle-income countries and the impact of academic collaboration on research quality: a scoping review. Pediatr Surg Int. 2019 Mar; 35(3):397-411. Ibrahim JM, Liu M, Wu HH, Patel KR, Caldwell AM, Coughlin RR, Morshed S, Shearer DW. PMID: 30413920.
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    17. Consortium of Orthopaedic Academic Traumatologists: A Model for Collaboration in Orthopaedic Surgery. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Oct; 32 Suppl 7:S3-S7. Miclau T, MacKechnie MC, Shearer DW. PMID: 30247390.
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    18. Asociación de Cirujanos Traumatólogos de las Américas: Development of a Latin American Research Consortium. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Oct; 32 Suppl 7:S8-S11. Miclau T, MacKechnie MC, Shearer DW. PMID: 30247391.
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    19. Orthopaedic Trauma in the Developing World: Where Are the Gaps in Research and What Can Be Done? J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Oct; 32 Suppl 7:S43-S46. Challa S, Wu HH, Cunningham BP, Liu M, Patel K, Shearer DW, Morshed S, Miclau T. PMID: 30247400.
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    20. Conducting a Randomized Controlled Trial in Tanzania: Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology and the Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Oct; 32 Suppl 7:S47-S51. Ibrahim J, Liu M, Yusi K, Haonga B, Eliezer E, Shearer DW, Morshed S. PMID: 30247401.
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    21. From Mission Trips to Partnerships: The Evolution of International Outreach. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Oct; 32 Suppl 7:S1-S2. Shearer DW, Morshed S, Coughlin RR, Miclau T. PMID: 30247389.
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    22. Clinical Research Course for International Orthopaedic Surgeons: 2-Year Outcomes. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Oct; 32 Suppl 7:S35-S37. Wu HH, Ibrahim J, Conway D, Liu M, Morshed S, Miclau T, Coughlin RR, Shearer DW. PMID: 30247398.
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    23. Can a 2-Day Course Teach Orthopaedic Surgeons Rotational Flap Procedures? An Evaluation of Data From the Nepal SMART Course Over 2 years. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Oct; 32 Suppl 7:S38-S42. Challa S, Conway D, Wu HH, Bisht R, Sherchan B, Lamichhane A, Shearer DW, Terry M, Gillenwater J. PMID: 30247399.
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    24. Developing Research to Change Policy: Design of a Multicenter Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Comparing Intramedullary Nailing to Skeletal Traction in Malawi. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Oct; 32 Suppl 7:S52-S57. Lau BC, Wu HH, Mustafa M, Ibrahim J, Conway D, Agarwal-Harding K, Shearer DW, Chokotho L. PMID: 30247402.
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    25. Current Status of Musculoskeletal Trauma Care Systems Worldwide. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Oct; 32 Suppl 7:S64-S70. Miclau T, Hoogervorst P, Shearer DW, El Naga AN, Working ZM, Martin C, Pesántez R, Hüttl T, Kojima KE, Schütz M. PMID: 30247404.
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    26. Abstract. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Global Open. 2018 Aug 1; 6(9S):76-77. Michael J. Terry, Sravya Challa, Hao-Hua Wu, Justin Gillenwater, Ralph Richard Coughlin, David W. Shearer. .
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    27. Predictors of lower health-related quality of life after operative repair of diaphyseal femur fractures in a low-resource setting. Injury. 2018 Jul; 49(7):1330-1335. Ibrahim JM, Conway D, Haonga BT, Eliezer EN, Morshed S, Shearer DW. PMID: 29866624.
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    28. Quality of life and complications in lower limb amputees in Tanzania: results from a pilot study. The Lancet Global Health. 2018 Mar 1; 6:s18. Jeremy Shaw, Sravya Challa, Devin Conway, Max Liu, Billy Haonga, Edmund Eliezer, Saam Morshed, David Shearer. .
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    29. The impact of antegrade intramedullary nailing start site using the SIGN nail in proximal femoral fractures: A prospective cohort study. Injury. 2018 Feb; 49(2):323-327. Mustafa Diab M, Wu HH, Eliezer E, Haonga B, Morshed S, Shearer DW. PMID: 29162265.
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    30. Intertrochanteric Osteotomy for Femoral Neck Nonunion: Does "Undercorrection" Result in an Acceptable Rate of Femoral Neck Union? J Orthop Trauma. 2017 Aug; 31(8):420-426. Yuan BJ, Shearer DW, Barei DP, Nork SE. PMID: 28430719.
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    31. The Institute for Global Orthopedics and Traumatology: A Model for Academic Collaboration in Orthopedic Surgery. Front Public Health. 2017; 5:146. Conway DJ, Coughlin R, Caldwell A, Shearer D. PMID: 28713803.
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    32. A Comparison of Implants Used in Open-Door Laminoplasty: Structural Rib Allografts Versus Metallic Miniplates. Clin Spine Surg. 2017 Jun; 30(5):E523-E529. Tabaraee E, Mummaneni P, Abdul-Jabbar A, Shearer D, Roy E, Amin B, Ames C, Burch S, Deviren V, Berven S, Hu S, Chou D, Tay BK. PMID: 28525472.
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    33. Validation and reliability of the Chichewa translation of the EQ-5D quality of life questionnaire in adults with orthopaedic injuries in Malawi. Malawi Med J. 2017 06; 29(2):84-88. Chokotho L, Mkandawire N, Conway D, Wu HH, Shearer DD, Hallan G, Gjertsen JE, Young S, Lau BC. PMID: 28955412.
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    34. Predictors of Reoperation for Adult Femoral Shaft Fractures Managed Operatively in a Sub-Saharan Country. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 Mar 01; 99(5):388-395. Eliezer EN, Haonga BT, Morshed S, Shearer DW. PMID: 28244909.
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    35. Impact of academic collaboration and quality of clinical orthopaedic research conducted in low- and middle-income countries. SICOT J. 2017; 3:6. Wu HH, Liu M, Patel KR, Turner W, Baltus L, Caldwell AM, Hahn JC, Coughlin RR, Morshed S, Miclau T, Shearer DW. PMID: 28134090.
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    36. Early clinical cxperience with the SIGN hip construct: a retrospective case series. SICOT J. 2018; 4:55. Roth J, Goldman B, Zirkle L, Schlechter J, Ibrahim J, Shearer D. PMID: 30500327.
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    37. The Cost of Intramedullary Nailing for Femoral Shaft Fractures in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. World J Surg. 2016 Sep; 40(9):2098-108. Kramer EJ, Shearer DW, Marseille E, Haonga B, Ngahyoma J, Eliezer E, Morshed S. PMID: 26983603.
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    38. The use of traction for treating femoral shaft fractures in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review. Int Orthop. 2016 May; 40(5):875-83. Kramer EJ, Shearer D, Morshed S. PMID: 26744164.
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    39. SIGN HIP construct: Achieving hip fracture fixation without using an image intensifier. East African Orthopaedic Journal. 2016; 10(1):7-10. Haonga, B. T., Eliezer, E. N., Makupa, J. E., Shearer, D., Liu, M. B., Wu, H.
    40. Experience Using the IM Interlocking Screw System in Austere Environment. Orthopaedic Trauma in the Austere Environment. 2016 Jan 1; 395-407. David Shearer, Lewis Zirkle. .
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    41. Is Evidence-Based Orthopedic Traumatology Possible in the Low-Resource Environment?. Orthopaedic Trauma in the Austere Environment. 2016 Jan 1; 63-68. Saam Morshed, David Shearer. .
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    42. Building Networks for Global Clinical Research: The Basics. J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Dec; 29 Suppl 12:S15-8. Shearer DW, Volberding PA, Schemitsch EH, Cook GE, Slobogean GP, Morshed S. PMID: 26584260.
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    43. Short-term complications have more effect on cost-effectiveness of THA than implant longevity. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 May; 473(5):1702-8. Shearer DW, Youm J, Bozic KJ. PMID: 25560958.
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    44. A Comparison of Implants Used in Open-Door Laminoplasty: Structural Rib Allografts Versus Metallic Mini-Plates. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2014 Jul 29. Tabaraee E, Mummaneni P, Abdul-Jabbar A, Shearer D, Roy E, Amin B, Ames C, Burch S, Deviren V, Berven S, Hu S, Chou D, Tay BK. PMID: 25075986.
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    45. Status of road safety and injury burden: North America. J Orthop Trauma. 2014; 28 Suppl 1:S37-8. Shearer D, Morshed S, Miclau T. PMID: 24857996.
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    46. Erratum to: Collaborative Partnerships and the Future of Global Orthopaedics. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®. 2014 Jan 1; 472(1):389-389. Saam Morshed, David W. Shearer, Richard R. Coughlin. .
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    47. Collaborative partnerships and the future of global orthopaedics. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Oct; 471(10):3088-92. Morshed S, Shearer DW, Coughlin RR. PMID: 23884799.
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    48. Correlation between the Child Health Questionnaire and the International Knee Documentation Committee score in pediatric and adolescent patients with an anterior cruciate ligament tear. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Mar; 33(2):216-20. Boykin RE, McFeely ED, Shearer D, Frank JS, Harrod CC, Nasreddine AY, Kocher MS. PMID: 23389579.
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    49. The predictors of outcome in total knee arthroplasty for post-traumatic arthritis. Knee. 2013 Dec; 20(6):432-6. Shearer DW, Chow V, Bozic KJ, Liu J, Ries MD. PMID: 23313556.
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    50. Is hip arthroscopy cost-effective for femoroacetabular impingement? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2012 Apr; 470(4):1079-89. Shearer DW, Kramer J, Bozic KJ, Feeley BT. PMID: 21842295.
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    51. Arthrofibrosis after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in children and adolescents. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Dec; 31(8):811-7. Nwachukwu BU, McFeely ED, Nasreddine A, Udall JH, Finlayson C, Shearer DW, Micheli LJ, Kocher MS. PMID: 22101657.
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    52. Does a cemented cage improve revision THA for severe acetabular defects? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011 Feb; 469(2):494-502. Hansen E, Shearer D, Ries MD. PMID: 20857251.
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    53. Common generic measures of health related quality of life in injured patients. Injury. 2011 Mar; 42(3):241-7. Shearer D, Morshed S. PMID: 21163477.
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    54. SIGN Technique for Retrograde and Antegrade Approaches to Femur. Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2009 Dec 1; 24(4):247-252. Lewis G. Zirkle, David Shearer. .
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    55. Future Directions for Assisting Orthopedic Surgery in the Developing World. Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2009 Dec 1; 24(4):312-315. David Shearer, Lewis G. Zirkle. .
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    56. SIGN Hip Construct Surgical Technique and Early Clinical Experience. Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2009 Dec 1; 24(4):258-264. Lewis G. Zirkle, David Shearer, Justin Roth. .
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    57. Development and Biomechanical Testing of the SIGN Hip Construct. Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2009 Dec 1; 24(4):265-272. Justin Roth, David Shearer, Lewis G. Zirkle, Amy Johnson, Paul LaBarre. .
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    58. Population Characteristics and Clinical Outcomes From the SIGN Online Surgical Database. Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2009 Dec 1; 24(4):273-276. David Shearer, Brian Cunningham, Lewis G. Zirkle. .
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    59. Medical case teaching on the web. Teach Learn Med. 2007; 19(2):106-14. Kim S, Phillips WR, Huntington J, Astion ML, Keerbs A, Pinsky L, Dresden G, Sharma U, Shearer DW. PMID: 17564537.
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