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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 2017

2 Citations

An epidemic of the use, misuse and overdose of opioids and deaths due to overdose, in the United States and Canada

Helmerhorst, G. T. T., Teunis, T., Janssen, S. J. & Ring, D. Jul 1 2017 In : Bone and Joint Journal. 99B, 7, p. 856-864 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview article

Opioid Analgesics
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Appealing to Altruism May Not Work, But Don’t Give Up Hope

Moriates, C. & Ring, D. Mar 17 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of General Internal Medicine. p. 1-2 2 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle


Association between Opioid Intake and Disability after Surgical Management of Ankle Fractures

Finger, A., Teunis, T., Hageman, M. G., Ziady, E. R., Ring, D. & Heng, M. Jul 1 2017 In : Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 25, 7, p. 519-526 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Ankle Fractures
Opioid Analgesics

Associations Between Pain Catastrophizing and Cognitive Fusion in Relation to Pain and Upper Extremity Function Among Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Patients

Özkan, S., Zale, E. L., Ring, D. & Vranceanu, A. M. Feb 17 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Annals of Behavioral Medicine. p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Upper Extremity

Axillary artery injury associated with proximal humerus fracture: A report of 6 cases

Peters, R. M., Menendez, M. E., Mellema, J. J., Ring, D. & Malcolm Smith, R. 2017 In : Archives of Bone and Joint Surgery. 5, 1, p. 52-57 6 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Axillary Artery
Wounds and Injuries
Shoulder Dislocation