David Matthew Apel, MD
I speak: English, Spanish
My gender: Male
Where I practice
Hello, and welcome to my Web page.
I am a native Californian in the loosest sense. Yes, I was born here, but at the age of six months, I began an odyssey of travel tied to my father's job in the U.S. Department of State. I grew up in Europe, Canada, and Latin America, and returned to the United States to earn my undergraduate degree at Carleton College in Minnesota. I attended medical school at the University of Chicago, and completed my residency in orthopaedics at Loyola University of Chicago. I did my fellowship in joint reconstruction at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, and my fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. I have authored or co-authored more than twenty articles and book chapters. Over the years, I have held many administrative positions within Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.
About my practice
I am probably most proud of my role in helping start the spine surgery program at our medical center and in our region. I am a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, meaning I treat children and teenagers with bone, ligament, and muscle and tendon disorders. As a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, I treat child and adolescent disorders that can occur from birth defects, developmental disorders, neuromuscular disorders, or as a result of injury. If there is one surgery type that predominates in my practice, it is spine surgery for deformities.
How I thrive
To maintain my own health, I like to run, and I also walk the family dog. I play ice hockey on a team consisting mostly of players considerably younger than myself. While I am not entirely sure this sport is still appropriate for me physically, it definitely helps me mentally!