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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


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

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

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


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

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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Galveston, Texas 77555
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League City, Texas 77573
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