Faculty

John J. Faillace, MD, FAAOS

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Hand Surgery

Dr. Faillace's areas of expertise include:

Traumatic Hand Injuries
Congenital Hand Abnormalities
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Trigger Finger
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Thumb Base Arthritis
Dupuytren's Contracture
Minimally Invasive Wrist Arthroscopy

Education

Fellowship:
Hand Surgery Fellow, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 2001-2002

Residency:
Orthopaedic Residency: William Beaumont/Texas Tech Combined Program, El Paso, TX, 1997-2001
Surgical Residency: State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY, 1992-1993

Medical School:
University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX, 1987-1992

Undergraduate:
The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1987

Board Certification

Subspecialty Certification in Hand Surgery
Board Certification in Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Work History and Teaching Experience

09/2010–11/2017: Private Practice, Wrist & Hand Center of Waco, Woodway, TX
10/2011: Faculty, Master’s course in hand surgery, Arthrex / Pacific Medical, Tracy, CA
08/07-09/10: Hospital-based private practice, Hand and General Orthopaedic Surgery, Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Waco, TX
11/06-11/07: Occasional Locums Hand Surgery, coverage for Dr. Mark Henry, Park Plaza Hospital, Houston, TX
10/04-06/07: Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon, Chief Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, C. R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, TX
08/04-07/08: Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, El Paso, TX
07/03-08/04: Chief, Orthopaedic Hand Surgery, OIC Orthopaedic Surgery Clinic
07/02-09/04: Staff, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Tripler Army Medical Center
07/01-06/02: Hand Surgery Fellow, WRAMC/Curtis National Hand Center
07/97-06/01: Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, WBAMC/ Texas Tech Combined program
08/96-06/97: Emergency Department Physician, William Beaumont Army Medical Center
07/95: ATLS Instructor (reverified 07/99, 02/04, 08/07)
02/95: ACLS Instructor
09/93-06/97: Field Surgeon / General Medical Officer, Medical Corps, United States Army
09/93-07/96: Family Physician, United States Army Health Clinic, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (USAHC, SHAPE)
03/96-05/96: Instructor, EMT First Responder Course, Central Texas College, Europe Campus
07/92-06/93: Surgical Intern, State University of New York, Stony Brook
09/87-06/88: Physical Science Teacher, Pasadena Independent School District, Texas
06/86–06/87: Medical Records Researcher, Westat Inc., Rockville, MD

Awards/Achievements

03/23/06: Elected as Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
10/05–11/05: Humanitarian Service Medal for participation in Hurricane relief, New Orleans, LA
10/05–11/05: Army Achievement Medal for meritorious performance with the 21st CSH
2001: Outstanding Resident Award 2001 conferred by peer ballot
07/97–09/01: Army Commendation Medal for superior performance in Orthopaedic Residency
08/96–06/97: Army Commendation Medal for outstanding performance, WBAMC, TX
09/93–07/96: Meritorious Service Medal for service to the NATO community at SHAPE, Belgium
05/95: Army Achievement Medal for dedication to Intrinsic Action 95-2, Kuwait
1987: Analytical Chemistry Award, CUA 1987

Professional Memberships

ASSH
AAOS
AAHS
SOMOS
Western Orthopaedic Association
Texas Orthopaedic Association
Texas Medical Association
Hawaii Orthopaedic Association
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
Reviewer: Military Medicine

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Kruse RW, St. Louis J, Faillace J. Orthopaedic Manifestation of Hyperlipoproteinemia: An Unusual Case of Knee Pain. Mil Med, 158(8):576-7, 1993.
  2. Parr TJ, Faillace J. Scapular body stress fractures: a case report. Acta Orthop Scand, 70(1):84-85, 1999.
  3. Faillace JJ, Leopold SS, Brage ME. Extended hindfoot fusions and pantalar fusions: history, biomechanics and clinical results. Foot Ankle Clin N Am, 5(4):777-798, December 2000.
  4. Faillace JJ, Bagg RJ. Pediatric lower extremity surgery using a hand table. J Pediatr Orthop, 22(3):392-3, 2002.
  5. Pirela-Cruz M, Faillace JJ, Hamilton M. Scaphoid cortical ring sign: indicator of injury? Surg Radiol Anat, 2003 Nov-Dec; 25(5-6):451-4. Epub 2003 Sep 11.
  6. Ingari JV, Faillace JJ. .Soft tissue tumors of the hand. Hand Clin, 20(3):243-8, 2004.
  7. Burtis MT, Faillace JJ, Martin LF, Hermenau S. Scaphoid fracture detection in a military population: a standardized approach for medical referral. Mil Med, 171(5):404-8, 2006.
  8. Spivey JL, Chance JR, Faillace JJ. Case of the month: ruptured aneurysm of the ulnar artery. JAAPA, 20(5):82, 2007.
  9. Faillace JJ, Hermenau S. Biotenodesis screw in basilar thumb arthritis: a biomechanical study. Abstract from the AAHS 2008 annual meeting. Hand, 3:179, 2008.
  10. Yeager AF, Faillace JJ. Dynamic supination-flexion splinting for the postoperative management of distal biceps injuries. J Hand Ther, Apr-Jun; 21(2):204-8, 2008.

Book Chapters

  1. Faillace JJ, Farber GL. Hand injuries and burns. In Emergency War Surgery, 3rd US Revision, Chapter 26.1 – 26.5, 2004.

Varia: Patents and Products

  1. Micro Suture Lasso – Arthrex. Suture passer for use in Wrist Arthroscopy
  2. Clover Staple – BioPro, Inc. Three and Four pronged NiTiNOL memory staples for use in small bone fusions
  3. TrapEZX – Extremity Medical. Trapezium replacement for use in the wrist
  4. XMCP and IOFix – Extremity Medical. IntraOsseous fixation devices for fusion of small joints such as the MetaCarpoPhalangeal (MCP) and Proximal Interphalangeal (PIP) Joints
  5. Ambidextrous Self-retaining Retractor - Innomed

Abstracts/Posters/Presentations - 12

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Clinic Locations:

UTMB Health Primary Care Pavilion
400 Harborside Dr.
Galveston, Texas 77555
Call: (409) 266-7846

UTMB Health League City Campus
2240 Gulf Freeway South
League City, Texas 77573
Call: (832) 505-1200

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