Board of Directors

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.

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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.

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Jeanne Bennett

Board Member

Jeanne Bennett’s banking career has spanned 30 years with over 25 years of providing banking services to the healthcare industry. As the Head of Private Banking for Amegy Bank in San Antonio, she leads a team of professionals that works extensively with physicians and hand in hand with bankers from all lines of business, enabling clients to receive one-one-one personalized solutions and comprehensive service at any time.

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Bennett and her team specialize in meeting and anticipating the needs of doctors, corporate executives, professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners, wealthy individuals and families who expect and deserve excellence and seek personalized relationship banking.

Bennett received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word. She is the immediate Past Chair of the University Health System Foundation and is actively involved in the Bexar County Medical Society, Healthcare Think Tank, The Health Cell, Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association, MD News, Impact San Antonio, and San Antonio Medical Group Management Association.

She is also a past Board Member and Executive Committee Member of the Bexar County Medical Society Foundation and a past Board Member of the Cancer Center Council and American Heart Association.

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Mayor Al Suarez

Board Member

Mayor Al Suarez was born in San Antonio, Texas and is the current Mayor of Converse, Texas. A graduate of Brackenridge High School, he served in the United States Air Force for over 20 years as an Air Traffic Controller & Security Specialist. He participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and is currently employed with the Bexar County Criminal District Courts Adult Probation Department.

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Mayor Suarez holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Management & Administration, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice & Corrections, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology & Behavioral Management, an Associate’s degree in Airway Science, and an Associate’s degree in Security Administration.

Mayor Suarez was elected to the Converse City Council on May 6, 2006, elected as Mayor of Converse on May 5, 2007, and re-elected to a 6th term as Mayor on November 7, 2017. He serves as Chairman of the Greater Bexar County Council of Cities, former Chairman of the Northeast Partnership for Economic Development, President of the Judson Education Foundation, Executive Board Member for Build San Antonio Green, Member of the Judson ISD Bond Oversight Committee, and former Randolph AFB Honorary Commander.

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Thomas M. DeBerardino, M.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Thomas DeBerardino is an orthopaedic surgeon and retired US Army Veteran specializing in arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, and hip and reconstructive procedures of the knee and shoulder.

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Dr. DeBerardino graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY in 1985. He attended New York Medical College and then completed his internship and orthopaedic residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. Dr. DeBerardino completed his training with the two year John A. Feagin, Jr, Sports Medicine Fellowship at both Brooke Army Medical Center and the United States Military Academy’s Keller Army Hospital. He returned to Brooke Army Medical Center in 1997, where he became the Chief of the Sports Medicine Service before moving back to West Point in 2001.

Dr. DeBerardino completed his 24-year Army career at the rank of Colonel. He served as Director of the West Point Sports Medicine Fellowship and Head Team Physician for Army Athletics before his retirement from the Army in 2009. Dr. DeBerardino returned to San Antonio after spending seven years from 2009-2016 as an Associate Professor and Orthopaedic Team Physician for the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at the University of Connecticut Medical Center and the UCONN Athletic Department.

He has pioneered a number of open and arthroscopic knee and shoulder procedures, and is a frequent speaker and teacher at national and international medical symposia on these procedures. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. DeBerardino has been involved teaching medical students, orthopaedic residents, and sports medicine fellows for his entire career. He served as Fellowship Director at West Point and Assistant Fellowship Director at UCONN Health. He is currently serving as Co-Director of the Combined Baylor School of Medicine & San Antonio, Texas Sports Medicine Fellowship.

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