Vinod K. Panchbhavi, MD, FACS

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Chief
Foot & Ankle Surgery

Dr. Panchbhavi’s areas of expertise include:

Ankle Arthroscopy and Replacement
Foot and Ankle Sports Injuries, Ligament Sprains and Fractures
Bunion and Toe Deformity Correction
Lower Limb Deformity Correction (Ilizarov)
Diabetic Foot Treatment
Flat Foot Correction

About Dr. Panchbhavi

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

AAOS Member Bio

Dr. Panchbhavi is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with a special interest in Foot and Ankle Surgery. He qualified as a physician in 1986, and obtained a postgraduate degree, Master of Science in Orthopedics, from the Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, in 1989. He received five years of additional postgraduate training in Orthopedics and Trauma in the United Kingdom. He completed a one-year subspecialty fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA

He earned additional credentials awarded by the certifying bodies of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England, namely, FRCSEd (Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh), FRCS (Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, England) and by the American College of Surgeons, namely, FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons). He is currently Board Certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

Dr. Panchbhavi has published innovative techniques, such as keyhole surgery for procedures such as fixation of pilon fractures in the distal tibia, endoscopic gastrocnemius release, harvesting tendons in the foot for grafting, and peroneal tendoscopy, which are traditionally performed through full, open incisions. He has also developed new techniques to measure results after bunion surgery, such as metatarsal span measurements and forefoot circumference and digital measurements as a new standard to compare results.

Besides being recognized and published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Foot and Ankle International, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery, British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Injury. Dr. Panchbhavi regularly presents at international orthopedic conferences and association meetings. He has organized symposiums and moderated sessions in national level conferences. He has been an invited speaker at national meetings with international attendance, such as the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.

He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery and editorial board member on journals such as the Foot and Ankle International, Internet-based education sites such as Footeducation.com, and reviewer for a number of additional journals, including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. He has a keen interest in education and served as Chairman of the Post Graduate Training Committee at the national level in the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.

He is a member of the General Medical Council, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, and American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, as well as Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Royal College of Surgeons of England.

His special interests include surgery of the foot and ankle, diabetic foot and ankle disorders, the Ilizarov method of bone deformity correction and bone transport, ankle arthroscopy, endoscopy, heel pain, fractures of the ankle, talus, and calcaneus, and trauma and general orthopedics.

For more information, or to refer a patient to Dr. Panchbhavi, please call 281 334 0620 or visit us online at UTMB Health.