Dr. Thomas R. Hunt, III is board certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certificate in surgery of the hand. He serves as Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Professor of Orthopedics, Surgery, and Space Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Hunt is an internationally recognized leader in the care of athletes with hand and wrist injuries.
Dr. Hunt is focused on research and innovation as the critical means of improving patient care outcomes. He has participated in numerous scientific investigations and has designed commonly utilized orthopedic implants for upper extremity trauma. Dr. Hunt has served as senior scientist and internal advisor for many university-designated research entities and he is on the program advisory board for the Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Bone Disease Program of Texas. He guides the Texas Medical Center’s National Center for Human Performance, a center dedicated to the functional assessment of late stage healthcare-related scientific advances and innovations created to enhance human performance and maximize human potential. Additionally, Dr. Hunt is working to define the genetic basis underlying tendon and ligament injuries in susceptible athletes through transcriptome and functional analysis of normal and abnormal human specimens in order to prevent injury, simplify treatment, and speed recovery.
Dr. Hunt has directed upper extremity fellowships at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He currently oversees all orthopedic surgery education endeavors at Baylor. Dr. Hunt has served as visiting professor at prestigious medical schools throughout this country, as well as course organizer, faculty, and invited speaker for national and international symposia. He has educated through podium presentations, skills instruction, and scientific publications. He serves on the AO North America Hand Education Committee and recently edited a highly regarded textbook entitled, “Operative Techniques in Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Surgery.”