Dr. Robert Frangie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.

Dr. Frangie is triple fellowship trained, completing fellowships in Adult Reconstruction as well as Orthopedic Sports Medicine at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He also completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Trauma at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Dr. Frangie specializes in hip and knee surgery with an emphasis on innovative, arthroscopic procedures and complex, open surgeries for ligamentous and meniscal injuries to the knee. He performs partial and total knee replacement as well as total hip replacement and hip resurfacing. His practice encompasses primary and revision surgeries for failed arthroplasties and periprosthetic fractures. He uses both anterior and posterior approaches for his hip procedures. In all efforts to enhance the patient’s experience, he utilizes technologies such as robot and computer navigation.

During his training, Dr. Frangie had extensive hands-on experience in sports medicine treating high school, collegiate and professional athletes including serving as assistant team physician for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, Houston Dynamo, and the University of Houston Cougars. This extensive training allows him to treat a wide spectrum of hip and knee problems in patients of all age groups and ensure they return to the activities they enjoy.

Dr. Frangie’s practice is characterized by an empathic and individualized approach toward patient care. He practices personalized medicine where he uses each patient’s unique profile to guide decisions made in regard to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of orthopedic conditions.

Dr. Frangie attended medical school and completed his residency at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He is fluent in English, French, and Arabic. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). He has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and continues to be involved in clinical and experimental studies with the McGovern medical school. His areas of interest are periprosthetic fractures, revision arthroplasties, and computer simulation models in the study of multiple orthopedic conditions.


Undergraduate Degree
Bachelor of Science in Biology, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
Medical Degree
Doctor of Medicine, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
Orthopedic Surgery Residency, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA
Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas
Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

  • Computer and robotic assisted knee and hip replacement
  • Total and partial knee replacement
  • Complex revision knee replacement
  • Anterior and posterior total hip replacement
  • Hip resurfacing
  • Complex revision hip replacement
  • Periprosthetic joint infection
  • Periprosthetic fracture
  • Painful hip and knee replacement
  • ACL and PCL reconstruction and revision reconstruction
  • MCL, LCL and posterolateral corner repair and reconstruction
  • Osteochondral autograft, allograft, microfracture
  • Meniscal repair and transplant
  • Patellofemoral disorders
  • Multi-ligamentous knee injuries


1. Saghieh S, Weinstein S, Hoballah J (Eds). Operative Dictations in Orthopedic Surgery. Springer. 2013

Chapter 64: Ankle Fracture, Open Reduction and Internal Fixation

Chapter 65: Lisfranc Open Reduction and Internal Fixation

Chapter 78: Closed Reduction and Pinning of Two Parts Proximal Humerus Fracture

2. Frangie R, Warth RJ, Harner C. Will suture tape augmentation prove to be the answer to ACL graft remodeling, ultimate strength, and safe return to play? Arthroscopy. 2019

3. Frangie R, Masrouha KZ, Abi-Melhem R, Tamim H, Al-Taki M. The Association of Anemia and its Severity with Composite Morbidity after Total Hip Arthroplasty. HIP International. 2020

4. A New Modular External Fixator

This article describes the use of a new modular external fixator, Dolphix, and its application in pelvic and lower extremity stabilization. 36 cases done in 2018 at the University of Louisville Hospital are reviewed. The outcome as well as the surgical techniques are described. Pending submission.