David M. Lichtman
In1998, following a distinguished career in Navy medicine and as professor of hand and upper extremity at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Rear Admiral David M. Lichtman, MC, USN (Ret) joined the staff at John Peter Smith Hospital as Chairman of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of the Fort Worth Affiliated Hospitals Orthopaedic Residency Program. In 2006 he was named Chairman of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Dr. Lichtman was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He interned at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. His first tour of duty in the U. S. Navy was as a flight surgeon with carrier Air Wing 3 at N.A.S. Oceana and aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga. He then did his orthopaedic residency at Naval Hospital Oakland and a fellowship in hand surgery with James N. Wilson, M.D. in San Diego.
After serving three years as head of the Hand Surgery Service at Naval Hospital Bethesda, Dr. Lichtman was appointed Chief of Orthopaedics at Naval Hospital Oakland in 1977. While there, he established and directed the U. S. Navy/Sterling Bunnell Hand Surgery Fellowship. In 1984, Dr. Lichtman was reassigned to Naval Hospital Bethesda as Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of their residency program.
In January 1987, Dr. Lichtman was notified of his selection to the rank of Rear Admiral. In addition to his administrative duties as Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Oakland and subsequently, the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, RADM Lichtman has been equally dedicated to academic and clinical medicine. An internationally recognized expert in upper extremity surgery, Dr. Lichtman has written and lectured extensively on hand and wrist problems. In 1987, he published a widely distributed textbook entitled, "The Wrist and Its Disorders." The second edition, including CD ROM "multimedia" version, is currently in production.
Dr. Lichtman's military awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal , the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Medal (two awards), Humanitarian Service Medal, Expert Rifleman Medal and Expert Pistol Medal.
He is a past president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2006), past president of the Society of Military Consultants to the Armed Forces (2004) and a current delegate to the American Medical Association. He is a current member of the Orthopaedic Residency Review Committee of the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and an oral examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.