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Renowned hand surgeon Dr. Thomas Hunt to lead BCM orthopedic surgery

Dr. Thomas Hunt, an internationally recognized leader in the field of hand and wrist surgery, has been named Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

Hunt also joins the Houston Texans as one of their team doctors.

"Dr. Hunt is a proven leader and an expert clinician who will provide innovative direction to this important area of patient care, research and education at Baylor College of Medicine," said Dr. Paul E. Klotman, BCM president and CEO. "He is an excellent mentor to students and trainees and has provided his expertise to sports teams, as well as his skills to patients from around the world. He will be a force at Baylor and in the community, serving as a team physician for the Houston Texans."

Hunt is coming to BCM from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. At UAB, he is Professor of Surgery and holds the John D. Sherrill Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is the Director of the 26-member Division of Orthopedic Surgery, as well as the Director of the UAB Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship. He is chief of surgical services at UAB Highlands.

In addition, Hunt has served as a team physician for the University of Alabama, Auburn University, and UAB. He is also the hand surgery consultant for a long list of regional colleges and universities. He works very closely with Dr. James Andrews caring for numerous professional athletes from around the United States and serves as a member of the Board of the American Sports Medicine Institute.

He participates as a senior scientist within UAB's Center for Metabolic Bone Disease, Biomatrix Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Center, Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Autoimmunity Center, and Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education. In addition to speaking to trainees and colleagues internationally, Hunt has recently edited a major textbook detailing the most critical hand, wrist, and forearm surgical procedures.

"It is a great honor to be chosen as the leader of Orthopedics at an institution as nationally prominent as BCM," said Hunt. "My goals will be to help create collaborative clinical programs that reflect Baylor's focus on high value and patient-centered care, to facilitate translation of the scientific discoveries which are taking place every day in the labs within the college into innovative treatments, and to build on the outstanding orthopedic education programs already in place."

"On behalf of the BCM Board of Trustees, I am particularly pleased to have been a part of the selection process for such a prestigious orthopedic surgeon as Dr. Tom Hunt," said Philip Burguieres, Chair of the BCM Board Clinical Affairs Committee and Vice Chairman of the Houston Texans. "He will be a great addition to our Texas Medical Center and the sports community in Houston."

Hunt received his bachelor of science degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed additional graduate medical training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Thomas Jefferson University Medical Center, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania. Hunt has attended leadership and health care management courses at Harvard's School of Public Health and Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and expects to receive his doctorate of science in Health Services Administration in 2013.

In his previous positions, Hunt served as attending surgeon, Head of the Section of Hand Surgery and Director of the Cleveland Combined Hand Surgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; and before that, he oversaw the hand surgery program at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. While in Cleveland, Hunt was the hand surgeon for the NFL's Browns, the NBA's Cavaliers and MLB's Indians. He is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery, and is a prominent member of numerous orthopedic organizations including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Society of Sports Medicine, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Association for Hand Surgery.