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Joel Wells, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and a comprehensive hip surgeon at UT Southwestern’s Orthopaedic Surgery Clinic. Dr. Wells sees patients at the Sports Medicine Clinic at Richardson/Plano.

Dr. Wells earned his medical degree at Tulane University, followed by an internship in surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Harvard Orthopaedics and Massachusetts General Hospital. He then received advanced training in joint preservation, resurfacing, and reconstructive surgery through a fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

Among his numerous honors, Dr. Wells received the Gold Humanism in Medicine Society Award in 2009, the Tufts Accomplished Teaching Award in Surgery in 2011, and the Harvard Orthopaedic Surgery Best Clinical Research Award in 2015 for two of his presentations: The Long-Term Outcomes Following The Bernese Periacetabular Osteotomy and Predictors of Failure.

Education

Graduate School
Tulane University School of Public Health (2010), Public Health
Medical School
Tulane University (2010)
Internship
Brigham and Women's Hospital/The Faulkner Hospital (2011), Surgery
Residency
Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Program (2015), Orthopedic Surgery
Fellowship
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2016), Joint Preservation, Resurfacing & Reconstruction

Research Interest

  • Cartilage Injury
  • Complex Hip Revisions
  • Comprehensive Hip Surgery
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hip Instability
  • Hip Preservation Surgery
  • Hip Reconstruction
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Preservation Surgery
  • Labral Repairs
  • Minimally Invasive Direct Anterior Total Hip Replacement
  • Pelvis and Femoral Anatomy
  • Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO)
  • Perthes Disease
  • Sports Injuries
  • Surgical Hip Dislocations
  • Tendon Repairs

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Early-Onset Osteoarthritis originates at the chondrocyte level in Hip Dysplasia.
Hernandez PA, Wells J, Usheva E, Nakonezny PA, Barati Z, Gonzalez R, Kassem L, Henson FMD, Sci Rep 2020 Jan 10 1 627
Effect of Patient Body Mass Index, Recommendation for Weight Modification, and Nonmodifiable Factors on Patient Satisfaction.
Wells J, Batty M, Box H, Nakonezny PA, J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2019 Aug
Ultrasound-guided suprainguinal fascia iliaca compartment block versus periarticular infiltration for pain management after total hip arthroplasty: a randomized controlled trial.
Gasanova I, Alexander JC, Estrera K, Wells J, Sunna M, Minhajuddin A, Joshi GP Reg Anesth Pain Med 2019 Feb 44 2 206-211
Ultrasound-guided suprainguinal fascia iliaca compartment block versus periarticular infiltration for pain management after total hip arthroplasty: a randomized controlled trial.
Gasanova I, Alexander JC, Estrera K, Wells J, Sunna M, Minhajuddin A, Joshi GP Reg Anesth Pain Med 2019 Feb 44 2 206-211
Cam-type femoroacetabular impingement-correlations between alpha angle versus volumetric measurements and surgical findings.
Dessouky R, Chhabra A, Zhang L, Gleason A, Chopra R, Chatzinoff Y, Fey NP, Xi Y, Wells J Eur Radiol 2019 Feb
Treatment of intra-articular hip malignancy with extra-articular resection, preservation of the acetabular columns, and total hip arthroplasty.
Wells JE, Clohisy JC, O'Keefe RJ Arthroplast Today 2018 Dec 4 4 431-435

Honors & Awards

  • Young Alumnus or the Year
    Abilene Christian University (2020)
  • Harvard Orthopaedic Surgery Best Clinical Research Award: The Long-Term Outcomes Following The Bernese Periacetabular Osteotomy, and Predictors of Failure.
    (2015)
  • Chief Resident Massachusetts General Hospital Orthopaedic Surgery: Chairman Harry Rubash MD
    (2014-2015)
  • Tufts Accomplished Teaching Award in Surgery
    (2011)
  • Tulane Orthopedic Surgery Caldwell Society Award: Top Medical Student in Orthopaedic Surgery
    (2010)
  • Gold Humanism in Medicine Society Award
    (2009)
  • ESPN The Magazine Academic All American
    (2006)
  • Lone Star Conference Baseball Player of the Year
    (2006)
  • MLB Amateur Baseball Draft, Selected by NY Mets
    (2006)
  • Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association All American
    (2006)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)
  • American Board of Orthpaedic Surgeons (ABOS)
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • International Society of Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA)
  • Miles4Hips, Medical Director
  • Texas Medical Assocation (TMA)
  • Texas Medical Board (TMB)
  • Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA)