Kevin E. Varner, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Institute for Academic Medicine
Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Kevin Varner, Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics, specializes in foot and ankle disorders. Specific areas of interest include tibia fractures and sports related injuries of the foot and ankle. He serves as the head team physician for the Houston Ballet and is the assistant team orthopedic surgeon for the Houston Texans, the Houston Dynamo and the University of Houston. He is also a member of the Houston Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine.

Dr. Varner completed his foot and ankle fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and was named by Texas Monthly magazine as one of its “Super Docs”. Dr. Varner sees patients in the Texas Medical Center.

Areas Of Expertise

tibia fracture ankle injury foot injury sports related injury athlete
Education & Training

Clinical Fellowship
Residency , Baylor College of Medicine
Internship , Baylor College of Medicine
MD , Baylor College of Medicine

Performance and Return to Sport After Sports Hernia Surgery in NFL Players
Jack, RA, Evans, DC, Echo, A, McCulloch, PC, Lintner, DM, Varner, KE & Harris, JD 2017, Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, vol 5, no. 4. DOI:

Plantar Plating for the Treatment of Proximal Fifth Metatarsal Fractures in Elite Athletes
Mitchell, RJ, Duplantier, NL, Delgado, DA, Lambert, BS, McCulloch, PC, Harris, JD & Varner, KE 2017, Orthopedics, pp. 1-4. DOI:

Acute Tibialis Posterior Tendon Rupture With Pronation-Type Ankle Fractures
Bernstein, DT, Harris, JD, Cosculluela, PE & Varner, KE 2016, Orthopedics, vol 39, no. 5, pp. e970-e975. DOI:

Injuries in a Professional Ballet Dance Company: A 10-year Retrospective Study
Ramkumar, PN, Farber, J, Arnouk, J, Varner, KE & Mcculloch, PC 2016, Journal of dance medicine & science : official publication of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science, vol 20, no. 1, pp. 30-7. DOI:

Efficacy of Intra-articular Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections in Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review
Meheux, CJ, McCulloch, PC, Lintner, DM, Varner, KE & Harris, JD 2016, Arthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, vol 32, no. 3, pp. 495-505. DOI:

Microinstability of the hip and the splits radiograph
Harris, JD, Gerrie, BJ, Lintner, DM, Varner, KE & McCulloch, PC 2016, Orthopedics, vol 39, no. 1, pp. e169-e175. DOI:

Radiographic Prevalence of Dysplasia, Cam, and Pincer Deformities in Elite Ballet
Harris, JD, Gerrie, BJ, Varner, KE, Lintner, DM & McCulloch, PC 2016, American Journal of Sports Medicine, vol 44, no. 1, pp. 20-27. DOI:

Incidence and Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Injury in Ballet: A Systematic Review
Smith, PJ, Gerrie, BJ, Varner, KE, McCulloch, PC, Lintner, DM & Harris, JD 2015, Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, vol 3, no. 7. DOI:

Radiographic Evidence of Hip Microinstability in Elite Ballet
Mitchell, RJ, Gerrie, BJ, McCulloch, PC, Murphy, AJ, Varner, KE, Lintner, DM & Harris, JD 2015, Arthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery. DOI:

Stress fractures of the tibia
Harris, JD & Varner, KE 2015, . in Stress Fractures in Athletes: Diagnosis and Management. Springer International Publishing, pp. 137-147. DOI:

Bilateral congenital absence of the anterior tibialis tendon: Case report
Cosculluela, PE & Varner, KE 2010, Foot and Ankle International, vol 31, no. 12, pp. 1115-1117. DOI:

Atraumatic avulsion of the distal iliopsoas tendon: An unusual cause of hip pain
DePasse, JM, Varner, K, Cosculluela, P & Incavo, S 2010, Orthopedics, vol 33, no. 8. DOI:

Surgical treatment of developmental hip dislocation in children aged 1 to 3 years: A mean 18-year, 9-month follow-up study
Varner, KE , Incavo, SJ, Haynes, RJ & Dickson, JA 2010, Orthopedics, vol 33, no. 3. DOI:

Dorsomedial bridge plating of lisfranc injuries
Cosculluela, PE, Ebert, AM & Varner, KE 2009, Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery, vol 8, no. 4, pp. 215-220. DOI:

Screw versus plate fixation of proximal first metatarsal crescentic osteotomy
Varner, KE, Matt, V, Alexander, JW, Johnston, JD, Younas, S, Marymont, JV & Noble, PC 2009, Foot and Ankle International, vol 30, no. 2, pp. 142-149. DOI:

Lateral talar process fracture and peroneal tendon dislocation: A previously unrecognized injury complex
Klein, SE, Varner, KE & Marymont, JV 2008, Foot and Ankle International, vol 29, no. 10, pp. 1020-1024. DOI:

Management of posttraumatic extensive bone loss and osteomyelitis using a customized articulating knee spacer
Russell, RD, Incavo, SJ, Klebuc, M & Varner, K 2008, Knee, vol 15, no. 4, pp. 268-271. DOI:

Technique tip: Limiting fluid extravasation into soft tissues during ankle arthroscopy before lateral ankle ligamentous reconstruction
Hanson, TW & Varner, KE 2007, Foot and Ankle International, vol 28, no. 6, pp. 739-741. DOI:

Autologous osteochondral transplantation for medial talar dome osteochondral lesions
Varner, KE & Kolstad, K 2006, Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery, vol 5, no. 3, pp. 175-183. DOI:

Computerized matching of autologous femoral grafts for the treatment of medial talar osteochondral defects
Marymont, JV, Shute, G, Zhu, H, Varner, KE, Paravic, V, Haddad, JL & Noble, PC 2005, Foot and Ankle International, vol 26, no. 9, pp. 708-712.