10 Best Orthopedic Surgeons in Oklahoma

The medical world has seen a huge spike in the number of patients that require some form of treatment for their muscle, bone, and joint pain. While the general idea is that the underlying factor for most of these issues is the modern lifestyle, sports injuries and workplace accidents comprise over 70 percent of these problems. Thankfully, medical science has also progressed along with the issues, and orthopedic surgeons of today possess skills and techniques that allow for quick treatment with minimal pain. In the state of Oklahoma, there are some of the best orthopedic surgeons in the country with years of experience.

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Dr. Paul B. Jacob

Paul B. Jacob Profile

It is clear that 80 percent to 90 percent of the patients who are candidates for a joint replacement, particularly knee replacement often avoid it because of their fear of post-operative pain, so it is a really important topic to discuss not just for patients but in general.”

Dr. Paul B. Jacob was born in Akron, Ohio and he went on to become a physical therapist. After working in the field of physical therapy he realized that he wanted to be a part of a new medical discipline. Although he was exceptionally skilled at physical therapy as he had already become a director of physical therapy, he returned to medical school to pursue an education in orthopedic surgery. He also utilizes the latest technology approved for surgical procedures, and modern equipment allows Dr. Jacob to diagnose the injury more accurately, and hence, enables him to treat patients precisely. Having such extensive experience in the medical field he understands that patients are nervous and afraid before a procedure, so he ensures to calm them.

Specialization 

Dr. Jacon specializes in partial and total replacement of the hip and knee joint, along with revision surgeries for the said joints. His patient base comprises both old and young individuals, and all of them can walk within two weeks without assistance. Dr. Jacob has also written numerous publications on subjects like the biomechanics of large joints, diagnoses of a knee injury, use of robotics in the surgery, and many more. He has also provided lectures on hip and knee joint treatment.

Paul B. Jacob speciality

Dr. Paul B. Jacob during a lecture at Kent State University

When I talk to patients, I always say if you were in the OR with me, would you want me to have more information or less information in order to make the decisions that I’m making during the surgery? The robotic-assisted procedures give me more information than I would ever be able to obtain in a traditional total knee replacement.”

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor of Science in General Biology, Walsh University, Ohio
  • Master of Physical Therapy, Walsh University, Ohio
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)

Experience

  • Over 15 years of experience in the medical field
  • PRN Physical Therapist, Staff Physical Therapist, Kent State University, Ohio
  • Director of Rehabilitation, Kent State University, Ohio
  • Resident, Orthopedic Surgery, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital
  • Fellow, Adult Reconstruction, The Cleveland Clinic
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Oklahoma Joint Reconstruction Institute
  • Member, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
  • Member, American Osteopathic Association

Achievements

  • AAS Master of Dissection Award (2009)
  • Outstanding Resident Consultant Award (2010)
  • Patients’ Choice Award (2016, 2017 2018, 2020)
  • On-Time Doctor Award (2016, 2017 2018, 2020)
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2016, 2017 2018, 2020)
  • Joint Replacement Center of Excellence Award (2022)

Paul B. Jacob awards

Media Appearances

  • Dr. Paul B. Jacob has been a part of Focus: Black Oklahoma Radio Show

Dr. Corey E. Ponder

Dr. Corey E. Ponder Profile

I really like to be able to restore life in patients. Nothing gives me greater joy than seeing a patient, who I’ve seen in my clinic limping, using a walk, using a cane, sometimes even a wheelchair. Seeing that patient after surgery up and round, walking, not having any walking aids, telling me stories about how they are able to go hang out with their grandchildren at their basketball or football game, to me that’s what doing this job is all about, using the talents that God has given me to help other people gain the strength and gain the independence that they once had.”

As you can already tell by his statement, Dr. Ponder is an amazing human being, and he provides utmost care to his patients. He was also recognized as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly. Dr. Ponder believes in the education of the patients because the more an individual knows about their condition, the better they will be able to make a decision.

Specialization

Robotic-assisted total replacement and revision of total hip and knee are the procedures exclusively performed by Dr. Ponder. While he has performed several hip surgeries, he possesses extensive knowledge about the knee joint and he treats arthritis, avascular necrosis, degenerative joint disease, dysplasia, knee injuries, lower extremity reconstruction, and more. Having such a comprehensive understanding of the knee, he also teaches other physicians about it.

What happens is once the cartilage gets completely destroyed in the knee, where you no longer have the cushion left, you get bone on bone contact between the thigh bone and the shin bone, and that develops severe inflammation causes pain. People who end up needing knee replacements typically have pain severe enough that they’re having pain that wakes them up at night, pain that starts causing other aches in other parts of their body because they’re limping.”

Education and Certification 

  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology, University of Oklahoma
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Oklahoma-College of Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center
  • Fellowship in Total Joint, University of Utah
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)

Experience

  • Over 15 years of experience in the medical field
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Department of Veterans Affairs-University of Utah (August 2007-August 2008)
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Oklahoma Sports and Orthopedics Institute (August 2007-Present)

Achievements

  • Patients’ Choice Award (2008-2014, 2017, 2017, 2020)
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010-2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020)
  • Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Compassionate Doctor Award – 5 Year Honoree (2014)
  • Top 10 Doctor – Metro Area (2014)
  • Top 10 Doctor – State (2014)
  • On-Time Doctor Award (2014, 2018, 2020)
  • Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors: 1st Edition

Media Appearances

  • Dr. Corey Ponder has been featured on Koco 5 News, The Oklahoma News Report, and Oklahoma Magazine

Dr. Brian E. Clowers

Brian E. Clowers Profile

I knew early on in my medical education that I wanted to be a surgeon. I thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on nature of the surgical fields as well as the technical challenge of surgical arts. I was particularly drawn to orthopedic surgery because of the spatial reasoning it demands and the ability to have tangible impacts on the function of patients.”

Dr. Brian E. Clowers is an excellent orthopedic surgeon in Norman, Oklahoma. Despite having years of experience in this field, he doesn’t force his decisions onto the patients instead he acts as a professional partner and reaches a decision by understanding the goals and expectations of the patient. Although he doesn’t like to sugarcoat the condition of a patient, he is extremely compassionate and has great bedside manners. While the schedule of a doctor is very restrictive, Dr. Clowers loves traveling and playing golf whenever he gets a chance.

Specialization

Dr. Clowers is an expert in sports medicine, in particular, injuries to the foot and ankle. He also diagnoses and treats the disorders of the mentioned body parts. With the foot and ankle being crucial joints in walking, Dr. Clowers ensures that he treats his patients with the least amount of scaring and maximizes the recovery rate. He treats all sorts of patients from someone with a minor sprain to someone with a complex fracture in the ankle.

I really enjoy the dexterity challenge that arthroscopic surgery provides, and it is exciting to effect so much change through such a minimally invasive approach. I also enjoy the geospatial aspects of reconstructing arthritic joints and the challenge of restoring anatomic relationships.”

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor of Musical Arts, Summa Cum Laude, University of Oklahoma
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Oklahoma-College of Medicine
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS)

Experience

  • Over 15 years of experience in the medical field
  • Gross Anatomy Teaching Assistant, University of Oklahoma-College of Medicine (2002)
  • Anesthesia Extern, University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center (2003-2004)
  • Resident Physician, University of Oklahoma (2005-2010)
  • Fellow, Foot & Ankle, Foot and Ankle Institute at Mercy Medical Center (2010-2011)
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Oklahoma Sports & Orthopedics Institute (2011-Present)

Achievements 

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • On-Time Doctor Award (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Patients’ Choice Award (2017, 2018)

Dr. Scott Reid

Scott Reid Profile

I aspire to give the best care possible to anybody who trusts me to do it and I have been blessed with what I think are reasonable technical skills and a good education. My fellowship was one of the best in the country and was able to learn some unique things during that fellowship that I can pass on to my patients now.”

Dr. Reid is an amazing orthopedic surgeon who gained experience in the medical field by working in the US Army Medical Corps. Not only is he loved by his patients but also by his staff, and he says he’s lucky to have such an amazing and loyal staff. Dr. Reid is a people person, he quickly bonds with patients and makes them feel comfortable regardless of the complexity of the procedure. Additionally, he genuinely loves helping his patients, he believes it’s a humbling yet empowering experience to help someone get better. When he is not busy working, he enjoys playing baseball.

Specialization 

Dr. Scott Reid specializes in adult reconstruction of the hip, knee, and shoulder joint. He also does both partial and total shoulder and knees arthroscopic surgery. Working in Afghanistan made Dr. Reid have some experiences, which he would’ve never come across in a general hospital setting, and these experiences allowed him to be exceptionally technical while being efficient. He utilizes technologies like Hip XPert Technology and Mako Robotic Knee Technology that allow him to have a three-dimensional view of the joint. Also, he’s the first doctor to perform an Augmented Reality-Guided Hip Replacement Surgery in the region.

Everybody wants to do sports, it is kinda cool, kinda sexy to do sports cases, but I will be real honest I love my joints practice. It’s very predictable, it is all elective, I take care of some sick people but it’s a really nice quality alive, there’s not a lot of trauma associated with it and you’re able to help people that’s probably the coolest part about it.”

Philanthropy

  • During his time in the army, Dr. Reid’s staff and he ran clinics on Wednesdays and treated locals from Afghanistan for free.

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor’s Degree, University of Oklahoma
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Residency in Orthopedic Surgery, Tripler Army Medical Center Residency, Honolulu
  • Otto E. Aufranc Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)

Experience

  • Over 15 years of experience in the medical field
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, US Army Medical Corps
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates, Oklahoma
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Media Appearances

  • Dr. Scott Reid has appeared on GTR News, Strong LYFE, and Shrimp Tank.

 

 

Dr. James M. Odor

James M. Odor Profile

You can tell that patient care and patient education are the priorities of Dr. Odor because he believes that only a well-informed individual can make an accurate decision when it comes to life-altering procedures. Dr. Odor always welcomes any questions and is more than happy to tell the details about the surgery to the patient. He is an adventurer at his heart, as he loves conquering mountain trails whether it be on foot, bike, or his favorite jeep. Although he loves traversing rugged terrains, he also enjoys farming, ranching, fishing, and fitness in general.

Specialization

Dr. James M. Odor exclusively deals with the diagnoses and treatment of the spine. He has a special interest in disc herniations, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, spinal deformity, spinal fusion surgery, failed spinal fusions, and revision surgeries. After gaining experience as a spine surgeon, his business partner, Dr. Fasi Nasar and he established Spine Surgery Associates to make extensive spinal treatment accessible to the locals of Oklahoma.

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine Education, University of Oklahoma
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Rotating Internship, University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Residency in Orthopedic Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Fellowship in Spine Surgery, Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, Los Angeles
  • American Board of Spine Surgery

Experience

  • Over 30 years of experience in the medical field
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Orthopedic Associate, LLC (1989-1992)
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Spine Surgery, Inc. LLC (1992-Present)
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Oklahoma Spine Hospital (2000-Present)
  • Member of North American Spine Society
  • Member of American Orthopaedic Association

Achievements

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition(2012-2018)
  • Patients’ Choice Award (2013-2018)
  • Super Doctors (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • On-Time Doctor Award (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2018)
  • Compassionate Doctor Award – 5 Year Honoree (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020)
  • Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2017, 2018, 2020)

Dr. Robert F Hines

Dr. Robert Hines is one of the best and most experienced orthopedic surgeons that deal with sports medicine injuries in the state of Oklahoma. In addition to being a skilled surgeon, he is known to connect with his patients, as he explains everything to them and also follows up with his patients after the procedures. Dr. Hines also educates the patients on what to expect after the surgery, and he is straightforward with this aspect. Having so many years of experience and working with athletes, he is extremely disciplined, respects the time of his patients, and is also compassionate towards them.

Specialization

Dr. Hines has been working with athletes, wrestlers to be exact for almost 25 years and he understands each type of injury that one can encounter in such a sport. He specializes in the treatment of injuries to the knee and shoulder. When it comes to these two joints he provides shoulder arthroscopy, rotator cuff repairs, shoulder stabilization, knee arthroscopy, ACL reconstruction, Osteochondral cartilage transfer, and microfracture surgery.

If there are no injuries, it is a great thing for our team but if they are in a need of any type of medical support, then, I am there as a support medical person, I am there on the scene to provide them any type of medical treatment to allow them to compete.”

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Doctor of Medicine, the University of Texas-San Antonio Long Medical School
  • Residency, University of Oklahoma Health-Sciences Center
  • Internship, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)

Experience

  • Over 35 years of experience in the medical field
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Oklahoma Sports Science & Orthopedics (1994-Present)
  • Team Physician, USA Wrestling Team (2008-Present)
  • Team Physician, Collegiate Programs (Present)

Achievements

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011-2018)
  • Patients’ Choice Award (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Compassionate Doctor Award – 5 Year Honoree (2015, 2016,2017, 2018)
  • On-Time Doctor Award (2018)

Media Appearances

  • Dr. Robert Hines has been featured on News Channel 4

Dr. Arthur Conley

Arthur Conley Profile

Dr. Arthur Conley is an orthopedic surgeon who is committed to providing the best healthcare to his patients, and he continually pursues advanced education and training to make his medical procedures efficient. Dr. Conley also utilizes traditional medicine in his practice such as Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and Naturopathy in addition to using techniques like Osteopathy and Acupuncture. This opens up the opportunity for patients to be treated, healed, and recover quicker with the least amount of pain, and incorporating other medical disciplines into practice also minimizes the need for surgery. However, if surgery happens to be the last resort, Dr. Conley is extremely skilled in carrying out surgeries.

Specialization

Dr. Conley specializes in spine care, and he deals with all sorts of problems of the spine. When it comes to surgery, he uses the most advanced technology available and goes for minimally invasive spine surgery, over the years he has developed techniques that allow him to carry out a procedure with the least amount of pain, blood loss, and damage. Given his experience in treating the spine, it doesn’t come as a surprise that he has lectured, taught, and written publications on minimally invasive spine surgery. In the past, spinal fusion was the only procedure for spinal issues, which involved fusing the vertebra, but this led to other issues and lack of mobility. Dr. Conley was the first surgeon in Oklahoma to successfully perform a total disc replacement in the lumbar spine. Moreover, he is known to treat chronic pain related to the spine.

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Doctor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas
  • Residency in Orthopedic Surgery, Rush Presbyterian St Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago
  • Fellowship in Spine Surgery, Rush Cook County Hospital, Chicago
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS)

Experience

  • Over 20 years of experience in the medical field
  • Attending Staff Orthopedic, David Grant Medical Center (July 1996-May 1999)
  • Attending Staff Orthopedist, Sierra Nevada Hospital (July 1999-May 2000)
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Oklahoma Sports Science, and Orthopedics (June 2000-Present)

Achievements

  • Patients’ Choice Award (2018)
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2018)
  • Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors: 1st Edition
Media Appearances
  • Dr. Arthur Conley has been mentioned in Oklahoma Magazine (2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)

Dr. Bryan J Hawkins

Bryan J Hawkins Profile

Everything that patients have that we encounter whether it is an injury or a problem, it’s their first encounter, almost unbearably with that problem. Of course, a physician has seen that a thousand times, so I look at my job as an educator or a salesman. I mean somebody comes in, they have a problem, I am confident in what should be done about that, all I need to do is make them feel confident about what we are telling them, as well as what we expect from the treatment that we are doing.”

Dr. Hawkins was born in Washington, and he decided to become an orthopedic surgeon after he encountered an injury playing football and was treated by one. He is also one of the most straightforward doctors in Oklahoma, his patients appreciate his honesty when it comes to stating their conditions. He is surrounded by athletes all the time, and for that reason, he also enjoys an active lifestyle, and keeping himself in a healthy condition is a must for him. Several papers and reports have also been published in various medical journals by Dr. Hawkins.

Specialization

After his football injury, he was certain that he wants to be working with athletes, therefore, he specialized in sports medicine. His area of expertise is arthroscopic and reconstructive surgeries for the foot and ankle, as well as total joint replacement. He treats all sorts of problems in the foot and ankle from treating a pulled muscle to fixing a bunion.

You learn to do this profession, specifically, the specialty that you are in and it is really true for all the specialties, you are really being taught how to continue to learn because the practice of any medical specialty changes constantly and what we do today relative to what we did in the 1980s when I was training is completely different.”

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans
  • Doctor of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans
  • Transitional Internship, Charity Hospital, New Orleans
  • Residency in Orthopedic Surgery, Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals, New Orleans
  • Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery, The University of Texas-Medical Branch at Galveston
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS)

Experience

  • Over 30 years of experience in the medical field
  • Staff Orthopedic Surgeon, US Navy (July 1999-August 1993)
  • Physician, the Central States Orthopedic Specialities (August 1993-Present)
  • Member, American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
  • Member, Oklahoma State Medical Association
  • Member, Tulsa County Medical Society

Achievements

  • Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors: 1st Edition
  • Patients’ Choice Award (2014)
  • On-Time Doctor Award (2014)
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2014)

Media Appearances

  • Dr. Bryan J. Hawkins has been mentioned in Oklahoma Magazine and Stars & Stripes newspaper.

Dr. Steven S Sands

Steven S Sands Profile

Dr. Sands is a true Oklahoman, as he was brought up in Oklahoma City, completed his schooling in Tulsa, and presently lives in Edmond. Despite living in the same state for all of his life, he still loves Oklahoma. Although Dr. Sands has always been in Oklahoma, he loves traveling, and he has performed surgeries in the entirety of the United States. He is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and he treats patients of all ages. When he is not working or traveling, he enjoys spending time with his family and catching up with his friends. Moreover, he is multi-lingual, as he speaks English, Spanish, and Farsi.

Specialization

Dr. Steven Sands exclusively deals with orthopedic trauma surgery, especially the hip and knee joint. He deals with the diagnoses and treatment of bones, joints, and associated structures that allow movement, i.e., ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. He also has a particular interest in orthopedic innovation, he continually designs implants and instruments to enhance orthopedic surgeries.

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Doctor of  Osteopathic Medicine, Oklahoma State University Health Sciences Center
  • Traditional Rotating Internship, Tulsa Regional Medical Center
  • Residency in Orthopedic Surgery, Oklahoma State University Medical Center
  • Specialty Residency Training in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Specialty Residency training in Orthopedic Traumatology at Tampa General Hospital
  • Fellowship in Orthopedic Traumatology, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital

Experience

  • Over 10 years of experience in the medical field
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon, INTEGRIS Health (August 2010-Present)

Achievements

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2014)
  • On-Time Doctor Award (2015)

Dr. Kristopher R. Avant

Dr. Kristopher R. Avant is a native of Oklahoma and one can tell that he loves it here, as he completed most of his education in this very state and continue to operate here, even though he went to Florida for his fellowship. He is also known to be very compassionate towards his patients, and he treats them with kindness. He also maintains a calm demeanor at his office and gives each patient thorough detail about his or her treatment. Although he has vast knowledge, he doesn’t push his verdict onto patients, instead, he listens to their goals and acts accordingly.

Specialization

Dr. Avant’s area of expertise is in hand, elbow, shoulder, and microvascular surgery. Sports medicine is also of particular interest to him. He is quick to assess even complex cases, and because of nearly a decade of experience in this field, he is also able to differentiate between two almost similar appearing conditions. Dr. Avant sees patients of all ages, as he also published articles on arthroplasty of the knee, post-operative conditions, and hand anatomy.

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Animal Biology, University of Oklahoma
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
  • Internship, St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma
  • Training in Orthopedic Trauma, East Texas Medical Center
  • Training in Pediatric Orthopedics, University of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital
  • Residency in Orthopedic Surgery, St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma
  • Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity, Florida Orthopaedic Institute
  • American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOA)

Experience

  • Over 10 years of experience in the medical field
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, AvantOrtho (August 2012-Present)

Achievements

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2015, 2016)

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