John S. Early, M.D. is a board certified Orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the care of foot and ankle abnormalities. His interests range from the management of toe deformities to restoring weight-bearing function with complex reconstructions. His specialty is managing severe fractures of the foot and ankle and correcting neuromuscular imbalance caused by disease or injury. He is well versed in the use of internal fixation as well as complex external frames for limb reconstruction.

Dr. Early is internationally known and nationally sought after for his expertise in complex foot and ankle reconstruction. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on issues relating to foot and ankle care. He is co-director of a well-regarded foot and ankle fellowship that continues to train orthopaedic physicians in the subspecialty care of foot and ankle disease.

Prior to his association with Texas Orthopaedic Associates, he spent 10 years on the full-time Orthopaedic faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas as head of the Foot and Ankle division. Presently, Dr. Early holds the title of Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Southwestern Medical Center.

CERTIFICATION

Board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery since 1996

HONORS

  • R. Wofford Cain Distinguished Chair in Bone and Joint Disease Research; 1996 – 2004
  • Consultant Reviewer:  Journal Bone and Joint Surgery, American; 2001 – Present
  • Oral board Examiner:  American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery; 2004
  • Clinical Professor Orthopaedic Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center; 2004 – Present
  • Consultant Reviewer:  Foot and Ankle International; 2004 – Present
  • Consultant Reviewer:  Journal Orthopaedic Trauma; 2004 – Present
  • Consultant Reviewer:  Journal of the AAOS; 2005 – Present

TRAINING

Undergraduate
Princeton University; Princeton, New Jersey; 1977 – 1981
Degree:  B.S.E. (Chemical Engineering)

Graduate
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; Dallas, Texas; 1983 – 1987
Degree:  Doctor of Medicine

Internship
General Surgery – Pennsylvania Hospital; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 1987 – 1988

Residency
Orthopaedic Surgery – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Dallas, Texas; 1988 – 1992

Fellowship
Foot and Ankle Surgery – University of Washington Harborview Medical Center; Seattle, Washington; 1993 – 1994