David A. Yngve, MD

Professor and Chief
Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis Surgery

Dr. Yngve’s areas of expertise include:

Cerebral palsy
 Minimally Invasive Surgery
Fractures and Sprains
Foot, Knee and Hip Problems
Hand and Elbow Problems


1972 B.S., Antioch College
1976 M.D., Indiana University

Hospital Training

1976-1977 Internship: St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis
1977-1981 Residency: Indiana University, Orthopaedic Surgery
1981-1982 Fellowship: Louisiana State University, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery


1984 American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Activities

Dr. Yngve is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis at UTMB. He earned his medical degree and completed his orthopaedic residency at Indiana University, and a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Louisiana State University. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

Dr. Yngve, who came to UTMB in 1992, has been in practice for more than 20 years and says his goal is to treat his patients in a careful, caring and understanding manner. This includes remaining up-to-date in his field, which has resulted in his publication of more than 25 peer reviewed papers.

Dr. Yngve has a special interest in cerebral palsy, scoliosis and pediatric spine problems. He is doing a new type of minimally invasive cerebral palsy surgery called Selective Percutaneous Myofascial Lengthening (SPML) otherwise known as percutaneous surgery, or PERCS. He welcomes patients from 0-18 years with orthopaedic problems, including those of the back, hip, leg, ankle, foot, knee, arm, elbow, wrist, and hand. For more information on SPML, please see this SPML FAQ.

Role in Residency Program

Chief Pediatric Orthopaedic Service
Director of Medical Student Education
Dr. Yngve trains two orthopaedic residents as they rotate on his service, in the clinics, on the inpatient floors, and in the operating room.

Abstracts and Presentations

Yngve, D.A., Wild, D., Shani, R.H., Carmichael, K.D., Baker, C.P. "Outcomes of Minimally Invasive Multilevel Surgery for Children with Cerebral Palsy," AAOS Annual Meeting, Fan Francisco, CA, 2011.

Selected Publications
  1. Yngve, D.A., Chambers, C., "Vulpius and Z Lengthening," Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 16:759-764, 1996.
  2. Yngve, D.A., "Abdominal Reflexes," Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics,17:105-108, 1997.
  3. Herndon, W.A., Sullivan, J.A., Gruel, C.R., Yngve, D.A., "A comparison of Wisconsin instrumentation and Cotrel-Dubousset instrumentation," Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 13:615-621, 1993.
  4. Yngve, D.A., Gross, R.H., "Late diagnosis of hip dislocation in infants," Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 10:777-779, 1990.
  5. Yngve, D.A., "Foot-progression angle in clubfoot," Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 10:467-472, 1990.