by Betha Merit
Dr. Robert L. Burke, M.D., welcomes Dr. Joshua T. Woody, M.D., to Fondren Orthopedic Group, L.L.P. to both the Pearland and Pasadena office locations in Bay Area Houston.
In his practice, Dr. Burke specializes in sports medicine, upper and lower extremities, shoulder and knee arthroscopy, joint replacement, and acute and reconstructive trauma. “I look forward to working with Dr. Woody and adding his expertise to our practice,” says Dr. Burke. Both doctors have the vision to learn and utilize the newest innovation and technology in their medical procedures, to provide the safest patient experience with restoration to full mobility for their clients.
Dr. Woody provides the full spectrum of both non-operative and operative treatment of all musculoskeletal conditions of the spine and upper extremity. He has extensive experience in reconstruction and joint replacement of the shoulder and elbow. He completed a fellowship under the guidance of three world-renowned surgeons; Dr. Charles Rockwood Jr. who pioneered shoulder replacement techniques, Dr. Bernard Morrey who is the world expert in elbow reconstruction and replacement, and Dr. Michael Wirth who is a world expert in total shoulder replacement. “I am excited to join Dr. Burke in the two areas of joint replacement surgery and sports medicine,” says Dr. Woody.
Additionally, Dr. Woody has considerable experience in the care of fractures from his residency as an attending physician at a Level 1 trauma center. Dr. Woody served as Team Physician for Humble ISD Athletics for Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood Park, and Summer Creek High Schools from 2011 to 2012.
A native Texan, Dr. Woody graduated with honors from Trinity University, San Antonio in three years with a degree in chemistry, where he was also elected Phi Beta Kappa. He continued on to Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. Woody is married and has a two-year old son that he says, “Is more than I can handle; he is a real character.” His wife, Mitra, is from Houston and active in committees for the Houston Junior League. They both participate in the community through Houston’s Children’s Museum and Museum of Fine Arts. “Mitra is on hiatus from practicing law, and busier than ever raising our son,” says Dr. Woody. Being in the outdoors, camping, and duck-hunting are favorite pastimes for Dr. Woody.
Dr. Burke is one of the first surgeons in Texas to offer TRUMATCH Personalized Solutions, a surgical instrumentation and computer software system designed to aid in knee implant positioning and procedure efficiency. “I am especially impressed that TRUMATCH cuts down on the risk of infection and complications of surgery,” says Dr. Burke. TRUMATCH is a system that utilizes CT scans and computer software to guide the development and production of femoral and tibial cutting blocks that are individually prepared to match the actual bone surfaces of each patient. Precise positioning of the knee implant is critical to its overall performance. Also, the use of CT scans, rather than MRIs, results in improved bone imaging, less scanning time and lower costs.
Positioning of the knee replacement is crucial. Compare it to getting an alignment on new tires for your car. Without proper alignment, there will be uneven wear and tear and possibly tire failure. “Your knee is a weight bearing joint, and is critical to overall mobility,” says Dr. Burke.
Dr. Burke has been in practice since 1992 and affiliated with Fondren Orthopedic Group since 1995. He is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a member of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Texas Orthopedic Association, Texas Sports Medicine Society as well as several others. He continues to focus his care in areas that are developing new techniques on a regular basis to provide his patients with the most up to date medical care.
Stem cell treatment for cartilage disorders of the knee is a new and exciting procedure for which Dr. Burke has been named lead investigator for the study by Texas Orthopedic Hospital. Stem cell treatment promotes advanced cartilage healing. It is not yet FDA approved, but available through employing a monitored study protocol. “We will begin enrollment for the study soon,” says Dr. Burke.
Fondren Orthopedic Group L.L.P. is recognized nationally as one of the largest and most comprehensive association of private orthopedic surgery practitioners in Houston. Formed in 1973, the group has more than 40 surgeons. Because of its physicians’ long-standing reputations for leadership in the field of orthopedic surgery, as well as in teaching and research, Fondren Orthopedic Group has become one of the nations most respected and well-established orthopedic practices.
The Pearland office is located at 10223 Broadway, Suite A, Pearland, Texas 77584, phone: 713.436.3488 The Pasadena office is 4001 Preston, Suite 150, Pasadena, Texas 77505, phone:— 281.991.8000.