David is a native Chula Vistan and alumni of Hilltop High School. He graduated from UC Riverside with honors, and worked for the County of San Diego his entire 36-year career, spending the majority of that time with the Assessor’s Office. In 2010, he retired as the Assessor/Recorder/Clerk. He was responsible for a staff of over 400 and an annual budget in excess of 50 million dollars.
Since retirement, David has continued to serve the public through volunteer work. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Sweetwater School District Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, the Vice President of the Bonita Historical Society Museum Board of Trustees, an active member of the Chula Vista Kiwanis, and a member of the Asset Management Program Advisory Committee for the City of Chula Vista. He has volunteered for the Southwest Sports Wellness Foundation since 2011, and is excited to begin serving as an Advisory Board member beginning in 2014.
Dr. Fithian has made his home in San Diego for nearly three decades. During that time, he has dedicated much of his time
to serving his community. He worked as a youth soccer coach for his three children, honing his skills as they progressed.
For the past decade he has traveled yearly on orthopaedic surgical mission trips to treat under-served populations in Latin America. He has long served as a liaison to local high school and college training rooms to expedite care of injured athletes.
Dr. Fithian is a dedicated teacher of fellows, residents and students in the Navy, UCSD and Kaiser Permanente training programs. His wide-ranging research interests include both laboratory and clinical projects, and he is very grateful for the relationships he has made with other scientists in the quest for scientific evidence that will enhance patient care. He has traveled extensively, and served as visiting professor to numerous residency programs in the United States and overseas.
He is fluent in both French and Spanish.
Dr. Fithian grew up in New Jersey, went to college in New Hampshire, and spent 10 years in New York City for medical training in orthopedic surgery. He came to San Diego in 1990 to do a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at Kaiser Permanente under the Direction of Dale M. Daniel, M.D., who was a friend and mentor to many San Diego orthopaedists
of that time. Dr. Fithian worked with Dr. Daniel and his staff, studying and treating knee and shoulder injuries in recreational athletes, and assumed directorship of the program after Dr. Daniel’s death in 1995. During more than 25 years with Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Fithian was also the architect of the Kaiser Permanente Joint Replacement Registry, which is now the largest implant registry in the United States. He recently transitioned to “Partner Emeritus” status with Kaiser Permanente, allowing him to split his clinical practice between Kaiser Permanente and Torrey Pines Orthopaedic Medical Group in La Jolla.