Dr. Stephen S. Burkhart, M.D.
The work of one humble San Antonio surgeon – a healer with the heart of a teacher – has advanced arthroscopic surgery and enhanced the field of orthopaedic care around the world. Today, more shoulder surgeries are done with minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques and with improved patient outcomes due to the work of Dr. Stephen Burkhart.
A lifelong Texan, Dr. Burkhart graduated cum laude from Rice University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He attended The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, then completed an internship at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, TX, followed by his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Oregon in Eugene. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Burkhart currently serves as President of TSAOG Orthopaedics and continues his clinical practice.
Dr. Stephen Burkhart is among the country’s most prolific writers of scientific and medical information on shoulder arthroscopy, with an estimated 180 articles published between 1979 and 2015. He is also among the most well-known speakers in his field worldwide and has given more than 250 scientific presentations since 1981.
Additionally, Dr. Burkhart started a conference which draws hundreds of orthopaedic physicians and surgeons each year and wrote the number one bestselling book on arthroscopic shoulder repair. He also holds more than 25 patents for devices, surgical methods, and equipment being used in operating rooms today and has improved upon existing instruments and techniques.