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Rockwood, Jr., Charles A., MD

Charles A. Rockwood, Jr., MD
Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Shoulder Service
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 30 years. He worked closely with DePuy Orthopaedics in the development of the Global TM Shoulder Arthroplasty System and a post-operative home-based exercise rehabilitation program for the shoulder. He led his team of investigators in developing a second prosthesis with DePuy specifically designed to treat fractures of the shoulder. Although he has discontinued his surgical practice, he continues to see patients in clinic 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.


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. Charles 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. 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.




Rockwood and Green, Editors, 
Fractures in Adults and Children – 3 volumes
Seventh edition, Lippincott - 2010

Rockwood and Matsen – Editors
The Shoulder – 2 volumes
Fourth edition, Elsevier - 2009

Journal Articles

Groh GI, Wirth MA, Rockwood CA. Treatment of traumatic posterior sternoclavicular dislocations Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 2011 Jan; 20(1):107-113.

Orfaly RM, Rockwood CA, Esenyel CZ, Wirth MA. Shoulder arthroplasty in cases with avascular necrosis of the humeral head Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Sup 1 Arthroplasty of the Shoulder and Elbow-Current R 2007 Jun;16(35):27S-32S.

Rockwood CA, Wirth MA, Rosipal CE, Marchant DC. Management of defects in the rotator cuff in older patients: a specific physician directed home-based rehabilitation program Minerva Ortopedica E Traumatologica 2007 Apr; 58(2):115-124.