Why Dr. Budoff?

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Dr. Budoff is a board certified Orthopaedic Hand & Upper extremity surgeon involved in cutting-edge research involving the treatment of upper extremity disorders. Dr. Budoff has written and published 46 articles in leading medical journals and has authored 24 textbook chapters. In addition, he has edited seven textbooks on the treatment of disorders of the upper extremity (hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder). He has served on national committees and frequently lectured at national meetings. He served as an Associate Master Instructor of shoulder arthroscopy for a national organization, where he taught other practicing orthopaedic surgeons the most up-to-date techniques of arthroscopic shoulder surgery. He was a Leadership Fellow for both the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery and a Reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, two of the most prestigious orthopaedic journals, where he helped other surgeons prepare their manuscripts for publication.

Dr. Budoff graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University and with honors from Cornell Medical School. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine, where his test scores over his four years of residency were among the highest in the nation. In order to obtain expertise covering the entire upper extremity, he completed two fellowships, one in Hand Surgery and the other in Sports Medicine. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and has a Certificate of Additional Qualification in Hand Surgery. Dr. Budoff spent 9 years teaching medical students, residents and Hand Surgery Fellows at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he was an Associate Professor.

Dr. Budoff specializes in open and arthroscopic surgery of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. He is an expert in endoscopic carpal tunnel release, endoscopic cubital tunnel release, hand & wrist pain, sports injuries, fractures, dislocations, arthritis, tennis elbow, shoulder instability, rotator cuff injuries, and labral repairs.

Dr. Budoff’s focus is on restoring function and eliminating pain with the newest, least invasive, most up-to-date methods possible. Dr. Budoff does all of his own surgeries. His one-incision endoscopic carpal tunnel release is the least invasive technique currently available. Independent research has confirmed that the one-incision endoscopic carpal tunnel release gets most people back to work (and other worthwhile activities) quicker than open carpal tunnel release or the two-incision endoscopic carpal tunnel release that many surgeons advertise.

Dr. Budoff currently sees patients in the Texas Medical Center and has satellite offices in Clearlake, Pearland and Katy, Texas. His professional affiliations include The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The American Society for Surgery of the Hand, The Arthroscopy Association of North America, The Texas Orthopedic Association and The Harris County Medical Society.


Undergraduate: Cum Laude Graduate, 1987
Harvard College Honorary Scholarship, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87

Medical School: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 1991
NIH Summer Research Fellowship, 1988, “Meniscal Cell Culture Longevity”, an in vitro model, Advisor: Steven P. Arnoczky, DVM, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

National Registry of Who’s Who, 2001 Edition

Leadership Fellow, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Class of 2005-6

Leadership Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Class of 2006-7