Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Programs Provide Robust Clinical and Research Opportunities for Trainees

Dec. 28, 2023 - Eden McCleskey

Under the leadership of director, Dr. Shari Liberman, and assistant director, Dr. Joshua Harris, the Houston Methodist Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program provides 15 medical residents hands-on access to the most advanced techniques in orthopedic surgery while opening the doors to countless research opportunities.

"Houston Methodist has a long history of dedication to providing the best clinical care, cutting-edge research, exemplary education and giving back to the community — the four legs that define our orthopedic surgery residency program," said Dr. Liberman. "Our residents graduate having become solid surgeons, accomplished researchers, dedicated teachers and good medical citizens, ready to pursue top-flight fellowships and academic careers, or simply to bring these skills to smaller local communities."

Additionally, Houston Methodist offers three ACGME-accredited fellowships: Orthopedic Adult Reconstructive Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Spine Surgery.

Adult Reconstructive Surgery

Each year, three Orthopedic Adult Reconstructive Surgery fellows receive a well-rounded clinical and research experience to augment their orthopedic surgery residency training.

Houston Methodist Hospital serves as a referral area for complex cases, which broadens the fellows' experiences.

In addition to traditional hip and knee replacement surgeries, fellows are exposed to unicompartmental knee arthroplasty, osteotomies of the knee and joint preservation of the hip.

The trainees also participate in a large revision surgery practice and assist in the treatment of patients with infected joint replacements and severe bone loss.

Sports Medicine

The three Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine fellows selected to join Houston Methodist's program receive hands-on training in an extremely high-volume setting.

The sports medicine fellowship offers intensive training in advanced techniques, with extensive exposure to elite athletes, both collegiate and professional.

Houston Methodist fellows provide care to many of the top athletes in the Houston area as the official health care provider for the Houston Texans (NFL), Houston Astros (MLB) and Rice University Athletics (NCAA).

The fellows also provide coverage for the Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera.

In addition to in-office consultations and surgical and nonsurgical treatment, fellows assist with sideline, training room and spring training coverage, as well as draft preparation. Through this process, fellows learn how to interact with elite athletes, coaches, trainers and agents.

Spine Surgery

Finally, Houston Methodist's two Orthopedic Spine Surgery fellows receive one year of extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of diverse spinal disorders alongside orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons.

Rotations provide comprehensive assessment and treatment of degenerative disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine, adult and pediatric spinal deformities, tumors of the spinal cord and spinal column, pain management and spinal column trauma.

Fellows rotate to locations within the Houston area with pain management specialists, neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons.

Trainees develop expertise in microscopic discectomy, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, transthoracic and retroperitoneal corpectomy reconstruction, en bloc spondylectomy, direct lateral and anterior psoas reconstruction, anterior lumbar interbody fusion and anterior and posterior spinal reconstruction.

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Orthopedics & Sports Medicine