David M Kahler, MD

David M Kahler, MD

KahlerCV 01 08 2014

Voted Best Doctor 2014 128px

Office Location:

Fontaine Center

Office Phone:

Office Fax:

Mailing Address:
Box 800159 HSC
Dept Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 


Following Medical School and Residency at Tulane in New Orleans, Dr. Kahler came to the University of Virginia as a fellow in Hand Surgery and Sports Medicine with Dr. Frank McCue.  He was granted a faculty appointment and has spent his entire academic career at UVA.  In the 1990's Dr. Kahler became one of the pioneers in the new field of computer-assisted surgery, performing the first computer guided pelvic fracture surgeries in the world.  He now primarily treats patients with shoulder problems, while also caring for patients with pelvic and acetabular fractures at the University.  He also enjoys treating patients with challenging fracture problems, such as periarticular fractures, malunions, and nonunions.

Beyond Orthopaedics

"I am married to Vicky Norwood, head of Pediatric Nephrology at UVA, and we finally slowed down long enough to have our first and only child in 2003.  She is a great kid and has adjusted well to the fact that most people assume we are her Grandparents!  Aside from my passion for orthopaedic innovation at the national and international level, I enjoy working on our "play farm" in Earlysville, VA, where we grow vegetables, raise chickens and fight back the vegetation and deer each year.  I try to clear enough brush for a good paintball match with the Residents during visiting professor week."





Orthopaedic Surgery



Special Expertise:

Shoulder problems (Arthritis, Instability, Fractures, Rotator Cuff)
Complex long bone fractures and malunions/nonunions
Pelvic and acetabular fracture surgery, including minimally-invasive computer-guided approaches.


Dean's teaching award for undergraduate medical education

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Winzelburg award for advances in image-guided surgery

Past-president, Virginia Orthopaedic Society

Past-president and Founding Member, International Society for Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery


1981 Dartmouth College

1985 Tulane Univ School of Medicine


Tulane Affiliated Hospitals (1990 Chief Resident)
1990 Charity Hospital


1991 University of Virginia (Hand and Sports)


Orthopaedic Surgery through 2023

State License:

Virginia and Louisiana

Research Description:

Centers around development of new techniques and workflows in image guided surgery and validation of existing techniques.  Current work emphasizes expansion of existing techniques for pelvic fractures, moving toward use in routine long-bone fracture care and correction of malunions.

Clinical Trials:

Multi-center trial, AO-CID: Navigated iliosacral screw placement compared to standard technique (prospective, randomized)