Improving health and reducing inequities worldwide

Dave Shearer, MD, MPH

Education & Training

Current program: Orthopaedic Surgery

Dave developed an interest in global health during medical school while spending a month volunteering in a rural pediatric clinic in Guatemala. He later became involved with SIGN, a non-profit that manufactures and donates orthopaedic implants to hospitals in low-income countries, a crucial need to address the growing burden of trauma. His roles included designing a biomechanical testing device used in the development of a novel hip fracture implant, traveling to Indonesia to help start a new SIGN program, and reviewing clinical outcomes of patients treated with SIGN implants. This led him to obtain an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health prior to beginning residency in orthopaedic surgery at UCSF. He is now a member of the UCSF Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology (IGOT), where he is actively involved in projects fostering collaboration with academic centers in Sub-Saharan Africa in an effort to create sustainable clinical research and educational programs.