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About Eric Hentzen, MD, PhD
Eric Hentzen, MD, PhD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand and microvascular surgery. His clinical interests include the treatment of post-traumatic, degenerative and developmental conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, including fracture care, arthroscopy, joint replacement and microsurgical techniques.
As a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Hentzen instructs medical students, residents and fellows. He has published numerous articles in orthopedic and bioengineering journals and has presented his work at national meetings. His current research focuses on skeletal muscle injury and repair, tendon transfer and advanced techniques in hand fracture fixation and rehabilitation.
Dr. Hentzen completed his fellowship in orthopedic trauma surgery at Charité University Hospital in Berlin, Germany, and his fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and his doctoral degree in biomedical engineering from Rice University.
Dr. Hentzen has an ongoing involvement in medical mission work that was fostered by his orthopedic training abroad and previous medical experience working in underdeveloped countries in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. Dr. Hentzen speaks English, Spanish and German.
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- Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Date Joined Staff
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Surgery of the Hand
Conditions and Treatments
- Degenerative/Developmental Shoulder Conditions
- Elbow Conditions
- Fracture Care
- Replantation and Tissue Transfer
- Joint Replacement Using Microsurgical Techniques
- Hand Surgery
- Sports Injuries
- Athletic Injuries