Professor and Chief
Foot & Ankle Surgery
Dr. Panchbhavi’s areas of expertise include:
Total Ankle Replacement
Foot and Ankle Sports Injuries
Ligament Sprains and Fractures
Bunion and Toe Correction
Lower Limb Deformities
Diabetic Charcot Deformities
Flat Foot Correction
About Dr. Panchbhavi
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
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
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, total ankle replacement, 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.