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Health Sciences

Geisinger Orthopaedics
1175 East Mountain Blvd.
Wilkes Barre, PA 18711
Phone: 570-808-1093
Fax: 570-808-7878

David J. Kolessar, MD

Research Interests

Dr. Kolessar’s research interests focus on best practices for knee and hip replacement surgery. 

Recent Publications

  • Bugbee WD, Kolessar DJ, Davidson JS, Gibbon AJ, Lesko JP, Cosgrove KD. Single use instruments for implanting a contemporary total knee arthroplasty system are accurate, efficient, and safe. J Arthroplasty. 2020 Jul 21:S0883-5403(20)30782-8.
  • Kolessar DJ, Tunis JG, Corrales AG, Suputtitada A Hip: Anatomy, Examination, Diagnoses, Imaging, Treatment and Rehabilitation. In: O’Young BJ, editor. Physical medicine and rehabilitation secrets. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2019. (Manuscript accepted: publication pending).
  • Springer B, Parvizi J, Austin M, Backe H, Valle C, Kolessar D, Kreuzer S, Malinzak R, Masri B, Mcgrory B, Mochel D, Yates A. Obesity and total joint arthroplasty a literature based review. J Arthroplasty. 2013;28(5):714-721.
  • Rethman MP, Watters W 3rd, Abt E, Anderson PA, Carroll KC, Evans RP, Futrell HC, Garvin K, Glenn SO, Goldberg MJ, Hellstein J, Hewlett A, Kolessar D, Moucha C, O' Donnell RJ, Osmon DR, O' Toole J, Rinella A, Steinberg MJ, Martin WR 3rd, Cummins DS, Song S, Sluka P, Boyer K, Woznica A, Ristic H, Hanson NB; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; American Dental Association. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Dental Association clinical practice guideline on the prevention of orthopaedic implant infection in patients undergoing dental procedures. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Apr 17;95(8):745-7.
  • Watters W 3rd, Rethman MP, Hanson NB, Abt E, Anderson PA, Carroll KC, Futrell HC, Garvin K, Glenn SO, Hellstein J, Hewlett A, Kolessar D, Moucha C, O'Donnell RJ, O'Toole JE, Osmon DR, Evans RP, Rinella A, Steinberg MJ, Goldberg M, Ristic H, Boyer K, Sluka P, Martin WR 3rd, Cummins DS, Song S, Woznica A, Gross L; American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; American Dental Association. Prevention of Orthopaedic Implant Infection in Patients Undergoing Dental Procedures. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2013 Mar;21(3):180-9.


  • MD, Temple University School of Medicine, 1983-1987

  • Residency, Albert Einstein Medical Center, 1989-1993

  • Fellowship, Adult Reconstructive Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 1993-1994
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