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Dr. Steven Thornton is recognized as a leader in the age of minimally invasive surgery. His expertise includes arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and hip with an emphasis on advanced arthroscopic techniques.

While attending the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Dr. Thornton was elected to the AOA national honor society and was awarded the Donald Imrie Award for Most Outstanding Performance
in Orthopaedic Surgery. After completing his orthopedic surgery residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Thornton was awarded the prestigious Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery
Fellowship at Cornell University’s Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Dr. Thornton has authored and co-authored scientific articles and book chapters on various sports related topics ranging from elbow ligament reconstruction in throwing athletes to rotator cuff repair and ACL reconstruction, and has presented this information at meetings nationally. In addition, he is a reviewer for the Journal of Arthroscopy and serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at Southwestern Medical Center.

Throughout his career, Dr. Thornton has continued to advance the field of sports medicine and has been elected by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in Dallas in D Magazine. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, the Texas Orthopaedic Association, and numerous other professional organizations.

Outside of his practice, Dr. Thornton enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and playing golf.

CERTIFICATION

Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery

HONORS

UT Southwestern Medical Center – Assistant Clinical Professor
Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society
The Donald Imrie Award for Most Outstanding Performance in Orthopedic Surgery
Research Grant, The Institute for Sports Medicine Research, New York, NY
Medical Alumni Scholarship, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Academic Excellence Scholarship, University of Mississippi Medical Center
D Magazine, Best Doctors in Dallas
Orthopaedic Surgeon, NCAA Final Four Men’s Championship 2014 – Dallas, TX
Team Physician, Texas Wild Professional Tennis Team 2014 – Dallas, TX
Orthopedic Surgeon, The Hamlet Professional Tennis Tournament 2004, New York, NY
Orthopedic Surgeon, Visa America’s Gymnastic Cup 2004, New York, NY
Orthopedic Surgeon, U.S. National Figure Skating Championship 2002 – Dallas, TX

TRAINING

Undergraduate
University of Mississippi, Jackson MS; 1989 – 1993
Degree – BA in Chemistry

Graduate
University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Jackson MS; 1994 – 1998
Degree – Doctor of Medicine

Internship
Parkland Memorial Hospital, UT Southwestern Medical Center; Dallas, TX; 1998 – 1999
General Surgery

Residency
Parkland Memorial Hospital, UT Southwestern Medical Center; Dallas, TX; 1999 – 2003
Orthopedic Surgery

Traveling Fellowship
Royal College of Surgeons, Norwich, UK; 2002
Orthopedic Surgery

Fellowship
Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University; New York, NY; 2003 – 2004
Sports Medicine, Knee and Shoulder Surgery