Dr. John Munz
Dr. John Munz

Dr. John Wesley Munz, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, has received a teaching award by an internationally recognized medical organization.

Munz was presented the Howard Rosen Table Instructor Award at a training workshop in Pittsburgh, organized by AOTrauma North America (AOTNA). The award was created in 2000 by the AOTNA Education Committee to commemorate Rosen’s lifelong dedication to teaching.  Rosen also was known for his use of a technique that allowed him to repair fractures without bulky casts.

Munz, one of the instructors at the workshop, was singled out by his peers who felt that his performance in the laboratory exemplified many of the same teaching skills and devotion attributed to Rosen. The instructors taught basic principles and techniques of operative fracture management to doctors from around the world.

Munz specializes in orthopaedic trauma care and trains orthopaedic surgery residents. “We teach the residents day in and day out. The key to being a good orthopaedic surgeon includes being dedicated to patient care,” he said.

Munz received his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University and his medical degree at McGovern Medical School. He completed a surgical internship and an orthopaedic surgery residency at McGovern Medical School, as well as a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at Harborview Medical Center at the University of Washington.

Other UTHealth faculty members earning the award include Dr. Timothy Achor, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, and Dr. Milton L. “Chip” Routt Jr., professor of orthopaedic surgery.

AOTrauma is an international community of trauma and orthopaedic surgeons, musculoskeletal researchers, and operating room personnel dedicated to delivering knowledge, experience, and evidence to improve patient care and outcomes in the field of musculoskeletal trauma.

-Rob Cahill, Office of Public Affairs, Media Relations