Dr. David R. Maldonado is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.

Dr. Maldonado is a triple fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip arthroscopy, hip preservation surgery, and robotic-assisted hip replacement. His background includes Hip Arthroscopy/Preservation fellowship training at the American Hip Institute, Chicago-IL, under hip arthroscopist and reconstruction expert, Dr. Benjamin G. Domb. He has also completed a formal Sports Medicine fellowship, at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute, Los Angeles-CA, with distinguished experts such as Dr. Neil ElAttrache. He expanded his training in joint replacement by completing an Adult Joint Reconstruction fellowship at UTHealth Houston. He is a recognized hip arthroscopy expert, with over 200 peer-reviewed publications in this field within top peer-reviewed journals, with numerous presentations at international academic meetings.

Dr. Maldonado is an experienced hip arthroscopy surgeon, and he performs cutting-edge techniques in hip arthroscopy to repair or reconstruct injuries such as labral tears, hip impingement, and gluteus medius tears. Further, he has vast experience in outpatient Robotic Hip Replacement and Hip Resurfacing using minimally invasive approaches.

Dr. Maldonado is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), the International Society of Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).

He also serves as an Editorial Board member and Reviewer for the prestigious Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, The American Journal of Sports Medicine, The Clinical Orthopaedic and Related Research Journal, The Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery, The Journal of The International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, The Journal of Arthroplasty, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, and The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Maldonado has treated collegiate, professional, and elite-level athletes, including players for the NFL, NBA, MLS, and MLB. Dr. Maldonado treats patients from across the country, and he takes pride in caring for every patient like a professional athlete.


Medical Degree
Universidad Central de Venezuela, Luis Razetti School. Caracas-Venezuela
Trauma and Orthopaedics, Victorino Santaella Ruiz Hospital, Caracas-Venezuela. Orthopaedic Surgery, Private Hospital, Luis Razetti Clinic, Caracas-Venezuela. Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital Universitario de Caracas, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas-Venezuela.
Multi-Center Fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery
Clinical Hip Preservation Surgery Fellow at the American Hip Institute, Chicago, IL. USA, Clinical Sports Medicine Fellow At the Kerlan-Jobe Institute, Loas Angeles, CA. USA, Clinical Adult Joint Reconstruction Fellow at The University of Texas-Houston, Houston, TX. USA

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Impingement and Hip Labral Tears
  • Complex Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Labral Reconstruction
  • Hip Preservation Surgery
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Robotic-assisted Hip Replacement
  • Anterior Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Robotic-assisted Knee Replacement
  • Outpatient Hip and Knee Replacement
  • Sports Medicine


1. Ortiz-Declet V, Mu BH, Yuen LC, Maldonado DR, Chen AW, Lall AC, Domb BG.
J Hip Preserv Surg. 2019 Aug 4. pii: hnz022. doi: 10.1093/jhps/hnz022. PMID:

2. Maldonado DR, Chen JW, Walker-Santiago R, Rosinsky PJ, Shapira J, Lall AC,
Domb BG. Forget the Greater Trochanter! Hip Joint Access With the 12 O’clock
Portal in Hip Arthroscopy. Arthrosc Tech. 2019 May 17;8(6):e575-e584. doi:
10.1016/j.eats.2019.01.017. eCollection 2019 Jun.PMID: 31334013.

3. Lall AC, Schwarzman GR, Battaglia MR, Chen SL, Maldonado DR, Domb BG.
Effect of marital status on patient-reported outcomes following total hip
arthroplasty: a matched analysis with minimum 2-year follow-up. Hip Int. 2019 Jul
21:1120700019864015. doi: 10.1177/1120700019864015. PMID: 31328566.

4. Domb BG, Battaglia MR, Perets I, Lall AC, Chen AW, Ortiz-Declet V, Maldonado
DR. Minimum 5-Year Outcomes of Arthroscopic hip Labral Reconstruction With
Nested Matched-PairBenchmarking Against a Labral Repair Control Group. Am J
Sports Med. 2019 Jul;47(9):2045-2055. doi: 10.1177/0363546518825259. PMID:

5. Lall AC, Saadat AA, Battaglia MR, Maldonado DR, Perets I, Domb BG. Perineal
Pressure During Hip Arthroscopy Is Reduced by Use of Trendelenburg: A
Prospective Study With Randomized Order of Positioning. Clin Orthop Relat Res.
2019 Jun 21. doi: 10.1097/CORR.0000000000000804. PMID: 31261260.

6. Lall AC, Secretov E, Battaglia MR, Maldonado DR, Perets I, Domb BG. Effect of
alcohol consumption on patient-reported outcomes in hip arthroscopy: a matched
controlled study with minimum 2-year follow-up. Hip Int. 2019 Jun
5:1120700019853554. doi: 10.1177/1120700019853554. PMID: 31167582.

7. Maldonado DR.CORR Insights: Do Trabecular Metal Acetabular Components
Reduce the Risk of Rerevision After Revision THA Performed for Periprosthetic
Joint Infection? A Study Using the NJR Data Set.Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2019
Jun;477(6):1390-1391. doi: 10.1097/CORR.0000000000000598. PMID: 31136439.

8. Maldonado DR, Chen JW, Walker-Santiago R, Rosinsky P, Shapira J, Domb BG.
Forget the Greater Trochanter! Hip Joint Access With the 12 O’clock Portal in Hip
Arthroscopy. Arthrosc Tech. 2019 May. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2019.01.017. PMID:

9. Shapira J, Chen S, Wojnowski N, Lall AC, Rosinsky P, Maldonado DR, Domb BG.
(2019). Outcomes of Non-operative Management, Iliopsoas Tenotomy, and
Revision Arthroplasty for Iliopsoas Impingement after Total Hip Replacement: A
Systematic Review. J Arthroplasty. 2019 May 8. pii: S0883-5403(19)30457-7. doi:10.1016/j.arth.2019.04.067. PMID: 31147246.

10. Chen AW, Craig MJ, Yuen LC, Ortiz-Declet V, Maldonado DR, Domb BG. Five-
Year Outcomes and Return to Sport of Runners Undergoing Hip Arthroscopy for
Labral Tears With or Without Femoroacetabular Impingement. Am J Sports Med.
2019 Apr 16:363546519836429. doi: 10.1177/0363546519836429. PMID:

11. Rosinsky PJ, Go C, Shapira J, Maldonado DR, Lall AC, Domb BG. Validation of
a Risk Calculator for Conversion of Hip Arthroscopy to Total Hip Arthroplasty in a
Consecutive Series of 1,400 Patients. The Journal of Arthroplasty. Published
online: April 12, 2019. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2019.04.013. PMID: 31060916.

12. Maldonado DR, Lall AC, Laseter JR, Kyin C, Chen JW, Go C, Domb BG. Primary
Hip Arthroscopy With Labral Reconstruction. Is There a Difference Between
Allograft and Autograft? Orthop J Sports Med. 2019. doi:
10.1177/2325967119833715. PMID: 30937319.

13. Maldonado DR, Lall AC, Walker-Santiago R, Rosinsky P, Shapira J, Chen JW,
Domb BG. Hip Labral reconstruction: Consensus Study on Indications, Graft Type and Technique Among High-Volume Surgeons. J Hip Preserv Surg. 2019 Feb. doi:
10.1093/jhps/hnz008. PMID: 31069094.

14. Walker-Santiago R, Ortiz-Declet V, Maldonado DR, Wojnowski NM, Benjamin
Domb BG. The Modified Resisted Internal Rotation Test for Detection of Gluteal
tendon Tears. Arthrosc Tech. 2019 Feb. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2018.11.006. PMID:

15. Saadat AA, Lall AC, Battaglia MR, Mohr MR, Maldonado DR, Domb BG.
Prevalence of Generalized Ligamentous Laxity in Patients Undergoing Hip
Arthroscopy: A Prospective Study of Patients’ Clinical Presentation, Physical
Examination, Intraoperative Findings, and Surgical Procedures. Am J Sports Med.
2019 Feb 12:363546518825246. doi: 10.1177/0363546518825246. PMID: 30753088

16. Maldonado DR, LaReau JM, Perets I, Ortiz-Declet V, Laseter JR, Lall AC, Domb
BG. Outcomes of Hip Arthroscopy With Concomitant Periacetabular Osteotomy.
Minimum Five-Year Follow-Up. Arthroscopy. 2019 Feb 4. pii: S0749-
8063(18)31029-6. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2018.10.143. PMID: 30733041

17. Maldonado DR, Laseter JR, Perets I, Ortiz-Declet V, Chen AW, Lall AC, Domb
BG. The Effect of Complete Tearing of the Ligamentum Teres in Patients
Undergoing Primary Hip Arthroscopy for Femoroacetabular Impingement and
Labral Tears: A Match-Controlled Study. Arthroscopy. 2019 Jan;35(1):80-88. doi:
10.1016/j.arthro.2018.07.042. PMID: 30611371

18. Maldonado DR, Lall AC, Battaglia MR, Laseter JR, Chen JW, Domb BG.
Arthroscopic Iliopsoas Fractional Lengthening. JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques.
2018 Dec; 8(4). doi: 10.2106/JBJS.ST.18.00020. PMID: 6358333

19. Chen AW, Yuen LC, Ortiz-Declet V, Litrenta J, Maldonado DR, Domb BG.
Selective Debridement With Labral Preservation Using Narrow Indications in
the Hip: Minimum 5-Year Outcomes With a Matched-Pair Labral Repair Control
Group. Am J Sports Med. 2018 Feb;46(2):297-304. doi:
10.1177/0363546517739566. PMID: 29135288.

20. Perets I, Rybalko D, Mu BH, Maldonado DR, Edwards G, Battaglia MR, Domb
BG. In Revision Hip Arthroscopy, Labral Reconstruction Can Address a Deficient
Labrum, but Labral Repair Retains Its Role for the Reparable Labrum: A Matched
Control Study. Am J Sports Med. 2018 Dec;46(14):3437-3445. doi:
10.1177/0363546518809063. PMID: 30419171

21. Maldonado DR, Perets I, Mu BH, Ortiz-Declet V, Chen AW, Lall AC, Domb BG.
Arthroscopic Capsular Plication in Patients With Labral Tears and Borderline
Dysplasia of the Hip: Analysis of Risk For Failure. Am J Sports Med. 2018 Nov. doi
10.1177/0363546518808033. PMID: 30419179

22. Maldonado DR. CORR Insights: Do Trabecular Metal Acetabular Components
Reduce the Risk of Rerevision After Revision THA Performed for Periprosthetic
Joint Infection? A Study Using the NJR Data Set. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2018
Nov. doi: 10.1097/CORR.0000000000000598. PMID: 30507831

23. Lall AC, Maldonado DR, Domb BG. Editorial Commentary: It is Acceptable to
Have Symptoms After Hip Arthroscopy?? Depends on Whom You Ask.
Arthroscopy. 2018 Nov;34(11):3030-3032. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2018.08.017.

24. Maldonado DR, LaReau JM, Lall AC, Battaglia MR, Mohr MR, Domb BG.
Concomitant Arthroscopy With Labral Reconstruction and Periacetabular
Osteotomy for Hip Dysplasia. Arthrosc Tech. 2018 Oct 15;7(11):e1141-e1147. doi:
10.1016/j.eats.2018.07.012. PMID: 30533361

25. Chen AW, Steffes MJ, Laseter JR, Maldonado DR, Ortiz-Declet V, Perets I,
Domb BG. The Education and Training of Future Hip Preservation Surgeons:
Aggregate Recommemdations of High-Volume Surgeons. J Hip Presrv Surg. 2018
Oct 25;5(3):307-311. doi: 10.1093/jhps/hny032. PMID: 30393559

26. Maldonado DR, Krych AJ, Levy BA, Hartigan DE, Laseter JR, Domb BG. Does
Iliopsoas Lengthening Adversely Affect Clinical Outcomes After Hip Arthroscopy?
A Multicenter Comparative Study. Am J Sports Med. 2018 Sep; 46(11):2624-2631.
doi: 10.1177/0363546518785966. PMID: 30074842

27. Maldonado, DR. CORR Insights: Can Dynamic Ultrasonography of the Hip
Reliably Assess Anterior Head Translation? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2018 Sep. doi:
10.1097/CORR.0000000000000500. PMID: 30247234

28. Ortiz-Declet V, Yuen LC, Maldonado DR, Schwarzman G, Laseter JR, Domb
BG. Return to Play Among Golfers Undergoing Hip Arthroscopy: Short- to Midterm
Follow-up. Orthopedics. 2018 Jul 1;41(4):e545-e549. doi: 10.3928/01477447-
20180524-02. PMID: 29813170

29. Maldonado DR, Ortiz-Declet V, Chen AW, Lall AC, Mohr MR, Laseter JR, Domb
BG. Modified Shelf Acetabuloplasty Endoscopic Procedure With Allograft For
Developmental Hip Dysplasia Treatment. Arthrosc Tech, 2018 Jun 25;7(7):e779-
e784. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2018.03.015. PMID:30094151

30. Perets I, Craig MJ, Mu BH, Maldonado DR, Litrenta JM, Domb BG. Midterm
Outcomes and Return to Sports Among Athletes Undergoing Hip Arthroscopy.
Am J Sports Med. 2018 Jun;46(7):1661-1667. doi: 10.1177/0363546518765969.
PMID: 29726692

31. Maldonado DR, Mu BH, Chen AW, Ortiz-Declet V, Perets I, Yuen LC, Domb
BG. Fresh Femoral Head Osteochondral Allogaft Transplantation for Treating
Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Femoral Head. Arthrosc Tech, 2018 Mar
12;7(4):e331-e335. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2017.10.001. PMID: 29868400