UTMB’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation is positioned to meet the orthopaedic needs of southeast Texas and the Gulf South region with access and facilities on the UTMB campus as well as our mainland clinics in South Shore Harbor, Victory Lakes and Houston.

Our staff consists of nationally and internationally recognized specialists devoted to quality adult and pediatric patient care, comprehensive medical education, and innovative research encompassing muscles and bones from head to toe.

Patient care solutions include non-operative management, as well as surgical intervention when appropriate, to treat musculoskeletal injuries and diseases ranging from pulled muscles to broken bones to traumatic injuries to worn-out joints.

We treat feet, shoulders, pelvic fractures, replace ankles, hips, knees, and finger joints. We help carpal tunnel, scoliosis, back pain, sports injuries, recommending non-surgical therapies when possible. But, when surgery is needed, we offer the latest in technology, including minimally invasive surgery, state-of-the-art computer-guided techniques, innovative implants and instrumentation.

If you have an orthopaedic problem or question, UTMB Orthopaedics has the answer for you!

Patient Appointments: 832-505-1200

2.316 Rebecca Sealy
301 University Blvd., Route 0165
Galveston, Texas 77555-0165
Academic Office: 409-747-5700

“Who am I supposed to go after?”

George Steinbrenner, Owner, New York Yankees
(In response to criticism from his rivals for annually pursuing the best major league baseball free agents available)

Orthopaedic Surgery has become an exceedingly popular career choice among present-day medical students. The UTMB Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (DOSR) usually receives an overwhelming number of applications for its five accredited residency slots. The challenge for our program is a formidable one…who should we select to fill these positions?

The principal responsibility of DOSR faculty is the education and ultimate professional certification of our resident physicians. This process begins with our fundamental obligation to select the applicants with the potential to become the best orthopedic surgeons. The non-scholastic merits of these preferred candidates usually reflect strong leadership skills, unique talents, diverse backgrounds, a wide range of life experiences, and dedicated service to others. As faculty, our innate sense is the only tool we have with which to make comparative assessments based upon these virtues.

DOSR residents, past and present, can certainly impact the selection process. Residents create the appeal of the program by the nature and intensity of their effort during training and their success after its completion. They lack a formal vote; but they do provide faculty with a unique perspective on how the more subtle attributes of an applicant might fit with the intricacies our program.

Most applicants receive the unconditional support of family, friends, and/or professional acquaintances. These advocates also offer extremely valuable personal insights into a candidate, and assist DOSR faculty in making distinctions among our top applicants. This input, alone, however, does not designate a top choice.

The most significant basis for success in the selection process is determined solely by the applicant. Superior academic performance has become the standard for any truly competitive orthopaedic surgery aspirant. Many practicing orthopaedic surgeons quietly concede that their own admission into our subspecialty would not be assured in today’s highly competitive applicant market. This, albeit harsh, is our reality.

The quality and growth of tomorrow’s musculoskeletal healthcare will be predominantly determined by the aptitude of the trainees we select today. Understandably, therefore, the basis for any meaningful resident selection methodology always begins with the comparative scholastic merits of the candidates. In the years to come, if you, we, or any of our loved ones were ever in need of their services, who would you wish we had selected?

Ronald W. Lindsey, MD


The 32nd Annual GWN Eggers Lectureship was held on April 3-5, 2014, at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

Our Distinguished Guest Lecturer was be Edward Akelman, MD, Professor/Vice Chairman, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University. Dr. Akelman is also Chief of the Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgery Department at Rhode Island Hospital, and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. His research interests include nerve compression syndromes of the upper extremities, wrist and carpal kinematics and radiocarpal injuries.

In addition to our Distinguished Guest, our scientific program consisted of presentations by UTMB Orthopaedic Alumni and prominent regional physicians. Brandon Perez, MD won the coveted Lockhart Award for his research project presentation.