Orthopedic and Spine Leader to Know: Dr. Walter R. Lowe of the University of Texas Health and Science Center

Written by Laura Dyrda | August 12, 2010 | Print  |
As the head team physician for the Houston Texans National Football League team, the Houston Rockets National Basketball Association team and the University of Houston, Walter R. Lowe, MD, certainly has a wide range of experience in treating athletes.

Dr. Lowe played high school football in Las Vegas, N.M., and tennis at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. As a physician, Dr. Lowe said in a University of Texas news release, "you are giving people back a lifestyle and a way of life."

In addition to his work with professional and university sports teams, Dr. Lowe is the chairman of the department of orthopedics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the head of orthopedic surgery at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and LBJ General Hospital. Finally, Dr. Lowe serves as the medical director of the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute.

"Dr. Lowe has distinguished himself in the field of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine," said Giuseppe Colasurdo, MD, in the University of Texas release.

Dr. Lowe has an expertise in diagnosing and treating knee, shoulder and elbow injuries and disorders. He has studied under Frank Jobe, MD, who pioneered the "Tommy John surgery," technically known as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, a surgery to repair injured pitching arms. In addition to the "Tommy John surgery," Dr. Lowe treats rotator cuff tears, SLAP lesions, tennis elbow, meniscus transplants and ACL reconstruction.

He earned his medical degree form the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and completed his residency at Tarrant County Affiliated Hospitals in Fort Worth, Texas. His additional training includes a fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthpaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Among his affiliations, Dr. Lowe sites the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Leader to Know: Dr. Jeff Pierson

- Orthopedic and Spine Leader to Know: Dr. Ezriel Kornel of Brain & Spine Surgeons of New York

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