Rockwood Society


The Rockwood Orthopaedic Soceity (ROS) was named after our esteemed professor and chairman emeritus, Dr. Charles A. Rockwood, Jr., MD. Rockwood Orthopaedic Society serves to provide UTHSCSA students opportunities to learn about and experience the fields of Orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. Throughout the course of he yer we will be coordinating various activities that allow students to interact with residents and faculty in orthopaedic surgery and to explore their interest in the specialties. This year we hope to increase ROS’s peer mentoring capacity by having regular events with upper class students who plan to match (or have matched) in orthopaedic surgery. We also hope to increase the scope of shadowing activities for our members. Medical students interested in joining the Rockwood Orthopaedic Society or simply in learning more about it are invited to contact the Office of Student Life.

Charles A. Rockwood, Jr., M.D., Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Orthopaedic Department, UT Health San Antonio.

dr charles rockwoodHe has limited his private practice to the study and treatment of shoulder problems for the past 15 years. He worked closely with DePuy Orthopaedics in the development of the Global Shoulder Arthroplasty System and a post-operative home-based exercise rehabilitation program for the shoulder. More recently, he has led his team of investigators in developing a second prosthesis with DePuy specifically designed to treat fractures of the shoulder. In his private practice he continues to perform complex shoulder surgery and as a consultant, lends his expertise to other orthopaedic surgeons throughout the country. Dr. Rockwood has authored numerous journal articles and audiovisual presentations and has served as editor of several textbooks, including six editions of the three-volume text, Fractures and three editions of the two-volume text, The Shoulder. He also travels and lectures extensively on the care of shoulder problems.

Dr. Rockwood graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1956 and completed his Orthopaedic residency at the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Oklahoma and affiliated hospitals in 1961. His academic honors include fellowship in shoulder surgery with Dr. Neer in New York City, recipient of the American-British-Canadian Fellowship Award in 1967, Honorary Fellowship, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland (1993) and induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1996. He served as President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 1984-85 and president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons in 1985-87. Currently his professional activities include: member of the Board of Trustees for the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation; Examiner for Candidates for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Civilian National Consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Rockwood is a member of numerous national medical associations and an honorary or corresponding member to numerous international medical associations. He served as a Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve.


Meetings take place approximately once a month, where we invite faculty, residents and other experts in the field to discuss relevant topics in the field of orthopaedic surgery. Members will not only get a unique glimpse into this exciting field, but will also gain knowledge useful for applying to potential residencies.


Helpful links

Future Orthopaedic Physicians Future Orthopaedic Surgeons (FOS) is a society for medical students and junior doctors interested in pursuing a career in Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery.

Orthopedic Surgery Residency Ring (OSRR) – link and info to all national residencies (provides links to FRIEDA and program websites)

American Medical Association

American Acadamey of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Texas Orthopedic Association

The San Antonio Orthopedics Group – local private practice of ortho surgeons

Sports Medicine Associates– San Antonio Sports Med Ortho Docs – textbooks, simulations, organizations, etc. – information on how more doctors, nurses and hospitals can become tobacco free

American Lung Association – Promoting lung health and healthy living.