Dr. Chip Routt
Dr. Chip Routt

In its quest to dominate orthopaedics in the city of Houston, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery continues to bolster its talented roster of faculty. With its latest recruit, Dr. Chip Routt, more than 35 new faculty have been added to the ortho team since 2009.

Routt specializes in orthopaedic trauma, specifically pelvic ring injuries and acetabular fractures, and has spent the last 24 years at Harborview Medical Center for the University of Washington in Seattle.

“I was infected by trauma care when I was doing my residency at Vanderbilt. My attending/mentor was selected to return to the University of Washington, and he took me along with him. He even saw to it that my wife, who was a radiology resident could transfer in to the UW’s radiology department, and we haven’t left until now,” he explained.

Growing up in Chappell Hill, outside of Brenham, Routt said he was always interested in returning home.  “I was intrigued by this place as a kid after seeing Dr. Duke on Channel 13 doing his TV spots,” he said. “It’s always been my dream job.”

Routt graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. “Galveston was my first choice — my great-uncle went there, and he influenced me greatly, and his son worked for decades at Southwest Memorial,” he added.

But, it was Dr. Walt Lowe, chair of the department, who convinced him that The University of Texas Medical School at Houston was the right choice, right now.

“Walt is a tremendous leader and colleague; he sold me on the place in a span of 20 minutes. He and I were in UT System medical schools at the same time, and we have about 50 common friends, but we had never met before last year,” he said.

For Lowe, it’s all about building the team to deliver results.

“Having Chip Routt join us here at UT Ortho is as big as Peyton Manning signing with the Denver Broncos,” said Lowe, holder of the Edward T. Smith, M.D. Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery. “Chip is a leader in orthopedics, a great teacher and surgeon, and even a better person. He embodies the character and skills that I want our Department of Orthopedic Surgery here at UT to be known for throughout the world.”

Routt said his goal with the Department of Orthopaedics will be to work hard like all of the other traumatologists, mentor the younger faculty members, develop a pelvic and acetabular team, continue to do relevant research and educational projects, and pursue outreach. “I just want to do my best to improve the program and center in any way possible,” he said.

-Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School