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Daniel Altman

Daniel Altman, MD


Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialties: Orthopaedic Surgery


  • MD - Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • BS - Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

Awards & Honors

  • Harald Tscherne Lecture Award, Department of Trauma, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (June 2018)
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting Highlight Paper, Comparing Outcomes Between Hinged Knee Bracing and No Bracing after ORIF of Tibial Plateau Fractures, Tampa, Fla. (2014)
  • Hamot Research Day Poster Award – First Place, Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa. (1994)
  • Hamot Research Day Award – Third Place, Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa. (1993)
  • Hamot Research Day Award – Third Place, Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa. (1992)
  • Hamot Ambassador Award, Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa. (December 1992)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa. (1989)
  • Alden Scholar, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa. (1982)
  • Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa. (1981)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • American Orthopaedic Association (2015-present)
  • North American Spine Society (2001-present)
  • Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society (2001-present)
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association (1999-present)
  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (2000-present)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (1999-present)
  • American Medical Association (1994-present)
  • Pan American Trauma Society (2002-present)<
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society (2001)

Awards & Honors

  • Pittsburgh Magazine Top Doctors (2011, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Pittsburgh Business Times Best Doctors in Pittsburgh (2016, 2017)
  • Golden Mallet Award–Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2013)

Professional and Committee Memberships

  • President, Allegheny General Hospital Medical Staff (2022-present)
  • Allegheny Health Network CME Committee, Co-chairperson (2020-present)
  • Allegheny General Hospital Medical Executive Committee (2014-present)
  • Allegheny General Hospital Graduate Medical Education Committee (2012-present)
  • Drexel University College of Medicine Appointments and Promotions Committee (2021)
  • Allegheny General Hospital Bylaws Committee (2021-2021)
  • President Elect, Allegheny General Hospital Medical Staff (2020-2021)
  • Allegheny General Hospital Perioperative Executive Committee (2017-2019)
  • North American Spine Society Resident and Fellow Education Committee (2016)
  • Chairman, Allegheny Medical Executive Nominating Committee (2016)
  • Highmark Health Clinical Transformation Committee (2016-2017)
  • Allegheny Health Network Anesthesia Chairman Search Committee (2016)
  • Allegheny Health Network Physician Advisory Council (2015-2017)
  • Allegheny General Hospital Medical Executive Nominating Committee (2013-2018)
  • Allegheny General Hospital Orthopaedic Trauma Liaison (2005-2017)
  • Allegheny General Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (2004-2006)
  • Catholic Health East Orthopaedic Work Group (2000-2002)
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Liaison – Mercy Hospital (1998-2003)
  • Surgery Quality Management Committee – Mercy Hospital (1998-2003)
  • Medical Records Committee – Hamot Medical Center (1992-1993)
  • Medical Education Committee – Hamot Medical Center (1992-1993)


  • General Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Hamot Medical Center, Erie, PA


  • Spine Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Orthopaedic Traumatology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Affiliated Hospitals

Allegheny Health Network

Daniel Altman, MD, is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine.


Selected Publications

“Conservative Management with Functional Brace Versus Various Surgical Fixation Techniques for Humeral Shaft Fractures: A Network Meta-Analysis”
Zavras AG, Monahan KT, Winek NC, et al.
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2023;10.2106/JBJS.22.01374. doi:10.2106/JBJS.22.01374 [published online ahead of print, 2023 May 24]

“An Immunological and Biomechanical Comparison of PEEK-Zeolite and PEEK Interbody Fusion Devices”
Cheng BC, Swink I, McClain EJ 4th, et al.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2023;10.1097/BRS.0000000000004594. doi:10.1097/BRS.0000000000004594 [published online ahead of print, 2023 May 24]

“A biomechanical comparison of superior ramus plating versus intramedullary screw fixation for unstable lateral compression pelvic ring injuries”
Hempen EC, Wheatley BM, Schimoler PJ, et al.
Injury. 2022;53(12):3899-3903. doi:10.1016/j.injury.2022.09.027

“Complications of surgically treated pelvic ring injuries with associated genitourinary injuries”
Garay M, McKinney R, Wheatley B, Altman DT, Altman GT, Westrick ER
Injury. 2023;54(3):960-963. doi:10.1016/j.injury.2023.01.032

“Return-to-Play Outcomes of Athletes After Operative and Nonoperative Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation”
O'Connor SB, Holmberg KJ, Hammarstedt JE, et al.
Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2023;16(5):192-200. doi:10.1007/s12178-023-09829-z

“Aspirin or Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin for Thromboprophylaxis after a Fracture”
Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC), O'Toole RV, Stein DM, et al.
N Engl J Med. 2023;388(3):203-213. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa2205973

“Effect of Supplemental Perioperative Oxygen on SSI Among Adults with Lower-Extremity Fractures at Increased Risk for Infection: A Randomized Clinical Trial”
Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC)
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2022 Jul 20;104(14):1236-1243. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.21.01317. Epub 2022 May 11. PMID: 35775284

“The Presence of Biofilms in Instrumented Spinal Fusions”
Dupré DA, Cheng B, Kreft R, Nistico L, Ehrlich GD, Averick S, Altman DT
Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2022 Jul-Aug;26(7-8):375-381. doi: 10.1089/gtmb.2022.0026. PMID: 36027038

“Patient-Specific Self-Powered Metamaterial Implants for Detecting Bone Healing Progress”
Barri K., Zhang Q., Swink I., Aucie Y., Holmberg K., Sauber, R., Altman D. T., Cheng B. C., Wang Z. L., Alavi A. H.
Adv. Funct. Mater. 2022, 32, 2203533.

“Bacterial Identification and Visualization of Bacterial Biofilms Adjacent to Fracture Sites After Internal Fixation”
Palmer MP, Altman DT, Altman GT, Sewecke JJ, Saltarski C, Nistico L, Melton-Kreft R, Hu FZ, Ehrlich GD
Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2022 Feb;26(2):70-80. doi: 10.1089/gtmb.2019.0225. PMID: 35225678


Fellowship Application Strategies
North American Spine Society Annual Meeting. Chicago, Ill. (October 12, 2022)

Robotic Assisted Pedicle Screw Placement for the Treatment of Unstable Spine Fractures Using the Mazor X Robot: Preliminary Experience at a Level 1 Trauma Center
with Acosta, J, Sauber, R., Yu, A, Cheng, B, Holmberg, K, Jeyamohan, H
Global Spine Conference 2022, Las Vegas, Nev. (June 1-4, 2022)

Degenerative Versus Traumatic SI Joint Fixation: Current Concepts
with Monahan K.T.
Castellvi Spine Symposium 2022, Duck Key, Fla. (May 4-7, 2022)

Hip Spine Syndrome
Orthopaedic Update 2022, Farmington, Pa. (April 10, 2022)

A Biomechanical Comparison of Two Fixation Methods for Unstable Lateral Compression Pelvic Ring Injuries
with Hempen, E., Wheatley, B.M., Schimoler, P., Kharlamov, A., Melvin, P., Miller, M.C., Altman, G.T., Westrick, E.R.
Orthopaedic Trauma Association 2021 Basic Science Forum, Fort Worth, Texas (October 20, 2021)

Robotics in Spine Surgery
with Holmberg, K
12th Annual Nuts and Bolts of General Orthopaedics, Naples Fla. (October 8, 2021)

Integrating Technology and Clinical Advances in Spinal Surgery
Surgery for Engineers, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. (February 20, 2020)

Spinal Injuries in Sports
Allegheny Health Network Orthopaedic Update 2019, Farmington, Pa. (April 6, 2019)

Lumbopelvic Fixation in Trauma and Tumor
with Ercolano L.B.
Allegheny General Hospital Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, Pittsburgh, Pa. (April 3, 2019)

Lumbopelvic Fixation in Trauma
with Henrichsen K.
Allegheny General Hospital Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Pittsburgh, Pa. (September 25, 2018)

* This physician's clinical practice is independent of Drexel University.