Austin, TX (April 25, 2013) – Patrick Palmer, MD, a faculty member of the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, was confirmed as the Texas Orthopaedic Association’s president at the organization’s annual meeting in Austin on April 20. His term will conclude in April 2014 at TOA’s 2014 annual meeting in San Antonio.
“The many hours that Dr. Palmer has dedicated to TOA over the years have made a tremendous difference for orthopaedics in Texas,” David Mansfield, TOA’s outgoing president, said. “Texas orthopaedic surgeons are pleased to have Dr. Palmer leading our specialty.”
In addition to serving as TOA’s president, Dr. Palmer also serves in a national leadership role as one of five Texas representatives on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Board of Councilors (BOC). The BOC represents the grassroots of the orthopaedic profession and serves as an advisory body to the AAOS Board of Directors and a resource to AAOS committees. Its 90-plus members are elected by state and regional orthopaedic societies.
Dr. Palmer is a native of San Antonio. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969 with special honors and was commissioned as an Air Force officer through ROTC. Dr. Palmer graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio in 1973. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California Medical School at San Francisco in 1978.
After his orthopaedic residency, Dr. Palmer was assigned to the USAFE Hospital in Torrejon, Spain, for three years. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at the Alfred I. DuPont Institute in Wilmington, Delaware, and was appointed to the orthopaedic faculty of the University of Missouri at Kansas City from 1982-1985. Dr. Palmer returned to San Antonio in 1985 to the private practice of orthopaedic surgery and, after 27 years of private practice, joined the full-time orthopaedic faculty at UTHSCSA in July 2011. As a faculty member, Dr. Palmer is involved in medical student and resident physician education and mentoring. He is able to see private patients through UT Medicine and serves as a consultant for the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital.
Dr. Palmer has been a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery since 1982. Active professional organizations include fellowship in the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Texas Orthopaedic Association, Western Orthopaedic Associate, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Texas Medical Association, and Bexar County Medical Society. He has served in leadership positions for the Bexar County Medical Society, American Academy of Surgeons, and Texas Orthopaedic Association. Currently, he serves on the Board of Councilors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is president-elect of the Texas Orthopaedic Association. His professional interests include general orthopaedic surgery, joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and pediatric orthopaedic surgery. He is also interested in orthopaedic socio-economic issues and has presented nationally and written articles on this topic.
In 2008, Dr. Palmer retired as a colonel from the US Air Force Reserves. He was awarded the Individual Mobilization Augmentee for the Air Force in 1989 and served in the Dessert Storm campaign.
Dr. Palmer is the ninth TOA president from San Antonio. Founded in 1936, TOA’s 1,200 members make up one of the largest orthopaedic state societies in the nation. In addition to producing scientific talks for its members, TOA serves as the public policy voice of orthopaedics in Texas.