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David R. (David) King, MD

Dr King is a trauma and acute care surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital Trauma Center. Additionally, Dr King also attends in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit providing care to the sickest patients at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Phone: 617-726-2760
Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
Department of Surgery
Clinical Interests
Bowel obstruction and perforation
Compartment syndrome
Critical care
Gallbladder disease
Surgical emergencies
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Miami School of Medicine
Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Residency, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Fellowship, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Board Certifications
Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Surgical Critical Care, American Board of Surgery
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Dr King is a trauma and acute care surgeon with military combat experience at the Massachusetts General Hospital Trauma Center. His practice is limited to caring for the acutely injured and traumatized, emergent surgical illnesses, as well as surgical critical care. This includes treatment of all traumatic conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, pneumothorax, hemothorax, pulmonary contusion, blunt cardiac injury, liver and splenic lacerations, pancreatic injury, mesenteric lacerations, pelvic fractures, spine fractures, renal injuries, and all injuries to the intestines and blood vessels. Dr King treats all conditions that are the result of penetrating injuries, such as gunshot and stab wounds, as well as blunt trauma such as falls, assaults, and motor vehicle crashes.

Dr King also manages and treats emergent surgical conditions such as acute appendicitis, diverticulitis, bowel obstruction, hernias, peptic ulcers, perforated gastric and duodenal ulcers, foreign body ingestions, enterocutaneous fistula, massive gastrointestinal bleeding, mesenteric ischemia, Ogilvie's Syndrome, acute cholecystitis, acute cholangitis, pancreatitis, abdominal compartment syndrome, gas gangrene, and necrotizing fasciitis.

In the intensive care unit, Dr King cares for patients with cardiopulmonary failure, pneumonia, cardiogenic shock, arrhythmias, malnutrition, hyperglycemia, actue renal failure, multisystem organ failure, sepsis, bacteremia, delerium, agitation, pain control, acute respiratory distress syndrome, hypertension, and all conditions requiring mechanical ventilation.

Dr King is an attending surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital Trauma Center.


Dr King's research is mainly devoted to novel hemostatics for intracavitary hemorrhage control and novel monitoring technologies for detection of occult injury. He has funded research support and grants from the Department of Defense and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as well as industry support for clinical trials of complicated wound healing.

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David R. King, MD, director of the Knight Surgical Research Lab at Mass General, is part of a team investigating the use of a biofoam to assist wounded soldiers.

Mass General surgeon runs 2013 New York City Marathon

Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon David King, MD, has a run of emotions from his combined 2013 Boston and New York Marathon experiences.

Mass General surgeon shares his 2013 Boston Marathon experience

David King, MD, trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, shares his inspirational experience running the 2013 Boston Marathon and operating on bombing victims.

Mass General surgeon is developing life-saving "trauma foam"

David King, MD, trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, is developing an innovative, self-expanding foam that may help patients with severe internal bleeding survive long enough to reach a hospital and undergo surgery.

Trauma preparedness: teaching the teachers

Mass General trauma surgeon David King, MD, instructs local educators in the use of tourniquets, empowering them to take action in a crisis.

Trauma preparedness: Teaching the teachers

On June 3, trauma surgeon David King, MD provided training and equipment 
to prepare teachers at St. John's School for a potential crisis in the classroom.

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15 Parkman St
Boston, MA 02114-3117

Phone: 617-726-2760
Fax: 617-726-9121

Churchill Surgical Clinic
15 Parkman St
Boston, MA 02114-3117

Phone: 617-726-2760
Fax: 617-726-9121

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