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Interests include trauma and post-traumatic reconstruction in the arm, quality and patient safety, common arm illnesses, and psychosocial aspects of arm illness.


David Ring, MD, PhD is Associate Dean for Comprehensive Care and Professor of Surgery at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.

He was born in San Diego, double majored in Physics and Biochemistry/Cell Biology at the University of California at San Diego, and graduated from the UCSD school of Medicine in 1993. His surgical internship was at Massachusetts General Hospital, orthopedic residency in the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency, chief residency at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital, and hand and upper extremity fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital with Dr. Jesse Jupiter. Prior to moving to Austin, Dr. Ring was Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Hand Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Chair of the MGH Orthopedic Quality and Patient Safety Committee. He was awarded a PhD for clinical research in psychosocial aspects of arm pain from the University of Amsterdam in 2005. He is a deputy editor for Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

Dr. Ring has influenced the treatment of upper extremity trauma and it's sequellae (traumatic elbow instability in particular), nonunions, and common hand illnesses. He has also increased the appreciation of the importance of both nontechnical skills in orthopaedic surgery and the psychological and sociological influences on musculoskeletal illness.

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Research Output 1994 2018

1 Citations

Bidirectional mediation of depression and pain intensity on their associations with upper extremity physical function

Talaei-Khoei, M., Fischerauer, S. F., Jha, R., Ring, D., Chen, N. & Vranceanu, A. M. Jun 1 2018 In : Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 41, 3, p. 309-317 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Upper Extremity
Cross-Sectional Studies
1 Citations

Does Mindfulness Correlate With Physical Function and Pain Intensity in Patients With Upper Extremity Illness?

Beks, R. B., Mellema, J. J., Menendez, M. E., Chen, N. C., Ring, D. & Vranceanu, A. M. Mar 1 2018 In : Hand. 13, 2, p. 237-243 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Upper Extremity
Chronic Pain

More Pain Than Expected After Losing a Finger

Ring, D. Apr 1 2018 In : Journal of Hand Surgery. 43, 4, p. e1

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter


Reliability of the classification of proximal femur fractures: Does clinical experience matter?

The Science of Variation Group Apr 1 2018 In : Injury. 49, 4, p. 819-823 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Femoral Fractures
Observer Variation
Femur Neck
Hip Fractures

Satisfaction with life moderates the indirect effect of pain intensity on pain interference through pain catastrophizing.

Talaei-Khoei, M., Chen, N., Ring, D. & Vranceanu, A. M. Mar 1 2018 In : Journal of consulting and clinical psychology. 86, 3, p. 231-241 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities of Daily Living
Upper Extremity