david p. fessell, md

Associate Professor, Radiology



Dr. David Fessell is an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Michigan Hospital. He is a fellowship trained Musculoskeletal Radiologist who is certified by the American Board of Radiology. He received his MD degree from the University of Michigan and did his Radiology residency training and Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital.

Dr. Fessell’s clinical interests are in the areas of trauma radiology, computer based radiology interpretation, and MSK ultrasound applications.  He is also passionate about innovation, teaching and mentoring. His research focuses on defining the accuracy of imaging modalities as well as new applications of imaging, especially ultrasound. He has published over 60 manuscripts and multiple book chapters and has won awards for excellence in teaching. He serves on the editorial boards of many of the leading publications in radiology and is a member of numerous radiology societies. He travels and lectures worldwide on a variety of topics in musculoskeletal radiology.  

Dr. Fessell currently directs the Leadership Curriculum for the University of Michigan Medical School.  He serves as an executive coach in the UM Health System and, as a Master Coach, is involved in coaching training.  He also consults on the topic of “Enhancing Creativity” and is a graduate of the Second City Improv Conservatory.