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College of Medicine, '06: Doctor's work takes him around the world -- and onto The Dr. Oz Show

July 5, 2013
By Allyson Bird
Office of Development and Alumni Affairs

Dr. David Forsh spends his days caring for some of the most medically-fragile patients in New York City, people who arrive in his operating room at Mount Sinai Hospital following car accidents, shootings and stabbings. 

“You don’t want to meet me professionally,” he said.

           Dr. David Forsh

The Myrtle Beach native graduated from the MUSC College of Medicine in 2006. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Mount Sinai and then went on to orthopedic trauma fellowship training at the prestigious University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif.

Dr. Forsh now serves as chief of orthopedic trauma and an assistant professor of orthopedics at Mount Sinai. And he’s only 32 years old. 

“The draw of orthopedic trauma for me was that I’m not isolated to one part of the body,” Dr. Forsh said. “I am never doing just one thing, and the only place on the body where I do not operate is the spine.”

Dr. Forsh spent a portion of his fourth year of medical school working in a clinic in Costa Rica. Since joining the team at Mount Sinai, he also has traveled to Liberia.

“There’s a significant amount of trauma there and no orthopedic care,” he said. “When I go, there’s so much work. People die from simple orthopedic injuries there.”

Myra Haney Singleton, assistant dean for student affairs at the MUSC College of Medicine, said Dr. Forsh arrived as a student at MUSC with a warm demeanor and passion for learning. “He can adapt and adjust to demands,” she said. “Some people have transition challenges, but he seemed to have the innate ability to adjust to any given situation. His career path complements his personality really well.”

Singleton said that Dr. Forsh tutored other students in anatomy during all four years at MUSC, and he still checks on current medical students. During their most recent conversation, Dr. Forsh called Singleton on his way to work and told her that, no matter how busy his schedule becomes, he hopes to keep those priorities. “He never wants to lose himself in the process,” she said.

But Dr. Forsh’s hectic schedule leaves little room for personal time. This past Valentine’s Day, The Dr. Oz Show identified him as one of the 50 most eligible doctors in America. Dr. Forsh first received a call asking if he would appear on the show for a health segment, he said, but then the focus shifted.

He instead salsa danced on screen and explained how the swan pose, a calming yoga stretch, can help improve sleep. “I have the secret to freshen up your love life instantly,” he said in one segment.

At the end of the show, a lucky woman from the audience chose a “date” from among three of the most eligible doctors, and she selected Dr. Forsh. They made plans for an evening on the town but, almost predictably, Dr. Forsh was called into emergency surgery that night.

“It’s a challenge every day,” he said. “People come to you knocking on death’s door.”

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