Dr. David Friscia, MD

Dr. David Friscia, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 59
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Dr. David Friscia, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Rancho Mirage, CA. He is 59 years old and has been practicing for 34 years. Read his story

39000 Bob Hope Dr

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Contact Information

(760) 568-2684

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • 3 More

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Arthritis of the Elbow
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Dr. Friscia's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Friscia "David A. Friscia, M.D. joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 1990 to serve as director of the Center's foot and ankle program. A Southern California native, Dr. Friscia was raised in Long Beach. He says he always had an interest in science and a desire to work with people, which is why he pursued medicine. He has been involved in implant design and research. In addition, he is an Assistant Editor of the journal Foot & Ankle International. Dr. Friscia graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. Returning to California, he earned his Medical Degree from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). Following medical school in 1984, he spent five years as a resident at UCLA. In 1990, he went to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ and received his subspecialty training as a fellow in foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Friscia is a member of the American Medical Association, California Medical Association, American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, North American Foot & Ankle Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and serves as an assistant clinical professor at USC where he teaches surgery residents and students. He was recently President of the Riverside County Medical Association and has several terms as an officer of the Medical Staff of Eisenhower Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Friscia has served as Chairman and is President of Desert Orthopedic Center, and has served as Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center Medical Director. He also was Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Eisenhower Medical Center for 4 years and has served on numerous committees and has had many leadership roles."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Friscia ""Foot and ankle surgery is especially challening with the breadth and diversity of patients, conditions, and the need to be creative in your problem solving""


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Bone Cancer
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteosarcoma


  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Harvard Medical School
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1979
  • University Of California, San Francisco, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • University Of California At Los Angeles
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • University Of California, Los Angeles
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1990

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Friscia has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Friscia's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Friscia to family and friends
based on 22 total reviews (5 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (22)

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Dr. Friscia's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

in Los Angeles, CA |
Dr. Friscia performed surgery on my ankle in which both bones were broken....he is a reserved quiet man of few words. Its true, that his PA takes most of his appointments post surgery, but i asked to see him and he came in to talk to me. All of the staff was very good and professional, there...more
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in Palm Desert, CA |
After suffering for two years from loss of cartilage in an ankle I feel I was fortunate to have found Dr. Friscia at the Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center for complete ankle replacement surgery. The skill and expertise of Dr. Friscia and his staff carried me seamlessly through the preparation,...more
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in Palm Desert, CA |
Great Dr. and wonderful staff.
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in Bermuda Dunes, CA |
Excellent care. Outstanding. We received wonderful care and the staff was very professional.
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La Quinta, CA |
I believe Dr. Friscia is a fine surgeon. I have had a good outcome from my surgery but I saw him only once before surgery (after being seen twice by his PA) and was seen by his PA three times post op. Never saw Dr. Friscia again after the operation. It is impossible to reach the practice by...more
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Friscia accepts 12 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
    Pathway X Direct Access PPO
    Pathway X Tiered Direct Access
    Select PPO
  • Blue Shield of California
    Access Plus Savenet
    Basic PPO
    Enhanced Exclusive for Small Business HMO
    Local Access Plus HMO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Health Net
    Blue & Gold HMO
    Employer Group HMO
    Health Net PPO
    Individual and Family PPO
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
    WholeCare Network HMO
  • HealthSmart
  • MultiPlan
    Kaiser PHCS Network PPO
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Friscia has admitting privileges

Eisenhower Medical Center
39000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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