Dr. Rockwood

Charles A. Rockwood, Jr., M.D.
Professor and Chairman Emeritus
Shoulder Service


Charles A. Rockwood, Jr., M.D., Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Orthopaedic Department, Director, Shoulder Service, UTHSCSA. He has limited his private practice to the study and treatment of shoulder problems for the past 15 years. He worked closely with DePuy Orthopaedics in the development of the Global Shoulder Arthroplasty System and a post-operative home-based exercise rehabilitation program for the shoulder. More recently, he has led his team of investigators in developing a second prosthesis with DePuy specifically designed to treat fractures of the shoulder. In his private practice he continues to perform complex shoulder surgery and as a consultant, lends his expertise to other orthopaedic surgeons throughout the country. Dr. Rockwood has authored numerous journal articles and audiovisual presentations and has served as editor of several textbooks, including six editions of the three-volume text, Fractures and three editions of the two-volume text, The Shoulder. He also travels and lectures extensively on the care of shoulder problems.

Dr. Rockwood graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1956 and completed his Orthopaedic residency at the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Oklahoma and affiliated hospitals in 1961. His academic honors include fellowship in shoulder surgery with Dr. Neer in New York City, recipient of the American-British-Canadian Fellowship Award in 1967, Honorary Fellowship, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland (1993) and induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1996. He served as President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 1984-85 and president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons in 1985-87. Currently his professional activities include: member of the Board of Trustees for the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation; Examiner for Candidates for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Civilian National Consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Rockwood is a member of numerous national medical associations and an honorary or corresponding member to numerous international medical associations. He served as a Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve.