David Alberto Bichara, MD, MBA

David Alberto Bichara, MD, MBA
Director, Discovery & External Ops
Boston, MA
Member Since: 2018

How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career?
The Academy has been an invaluable resource. I am an MD by training, but for the past ~5 years, my day-to-day focus has been on the entrepreneurial side of orthopedics, working to bring devices and cell therapies to market. The Academy has helped me connect with experts in the field and provides current Clinical Practice Guidelines that help me stay atop the standard of care—a key knowledge factor during the discovery and development of new treatments.

As an Allied Member, which AAOS resources do you use most and why?
The Clinical Practice Guidelines have been particularly useful, given that they are up-to-date and provide evidence-based treatment recommendations on various orthopedic topics.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
Some of the best advice I ever received was from Andy Freiburg, MD, one of my mentors during my time at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He advised me not to be afraid of venturing into uncharted territories, like start-up companies, which tend to be high-risk workplaces.

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
My go-to productivity trick is not a trick but a routine. I always start my day with an early morning workout, whether a short run or a ride on the road bike. This allows me to stay sharp and focused during the day and frees up my time in the late afternoon and evenings to spend with my wife and daughters (Magnolia (Noli), 5, and Lila, 1).

What’s one thing you are currently trying to make a habit?
Reading more has become a priority for me. I completed my MBA at BU's Questrom School of Business last year, and now I finally have a bit more time to prioritize reading. I started "Good Strategy Bad Strategy" by Richard Rumelt this week.

What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?
Any outdoor activity is enjoyable, but specifically, bike riding. For the last couple of years, I've been riding from Boston to Provincetown (125 miles), starting at 3:00 AM, with a local group of folks. It's truly an amazing experience. Last year, I rode to Kittery, Maine, from Boston and back (150-mile round trip), filling up my cup for the year.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
I am originally from Monterrey, Mexico. My ties to Boston are through a clinical clerkship I did at Massachusetts General Hospital in Orthopedic Surgery back in 2006. I fell in love with Boston during my visit as a student and knew it was my future home.