Dr. Stephen Warner is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston.

He is American Board of Orthopedic Surgery eligible and specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, with an emphasis on periarticular fractures of the upper and lower extremities, fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum, periprosthetic fractures, treatment of patients with polytrauma, and complications of fractures such as nonunions, malunions, and infections.

Dr. Warner received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He then worked for three years as a research associate for Bristol-Myers Squibb while also competing on the United States National and Olympic Rowing team. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he also earned a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, New York. He went on to complete a fellowship in Orthopedic Trauma at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Dr. Warner is a member of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, AO Trauma North America, Orthopedic Research Society, and a candidate member of the Orthopedic Trauma Association.


Undergraduate Degree
Bachelor of Science, Cellular and Molecular Biology with Highest Honors, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Medical School
Doctor of Medicine & Doctor of Philosophy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York
Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship, McGovern Medical School, formerly The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, Houston, TX



Warner SJ, O’Connor DP, Brinker MR. Sub-tubercle Osteotomy for Medial Compartment Osteoarthritis of the Knee using an Ilizarov Technique: Survival Analysis and Clinical Outcomes. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 In press.

Brinker MR and Warner SJ. Metabolic Workup of Nonunions. J Orthop Trauma. 2017 In press.

Schottel PC and Warner SJ. Role of Bone Marrow Aspirate in Orthopedic Trauma. Orthop Clin North Am. 2017 Jul; 48(3): 311-321. PMID: 28577780.

Gausden EB, Garner MR, Fabricant PD, Warner SJ, Shaffer AD, Lorich DG. Do clinical outcomes correlate with bone density after open reduction and internal fixation of tibial plateau fractures. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2017, Jun;137(6):755-760. PMID: 28391428

Czajka CM, Bauer IN, Warner SJ, Goytia RN, Brinker MR. Precise Measurement of the Outer Diameters of Antibiotic-Laden Cement Nails Produced by Various Sized Thoracostomy Catheter Molds. J Orthop Trauma. 2017, May;31(5): e148-e150. PMID: 28169939.

Warner SJ, Garner MR, Schottel PC, Fabricant PD, Thacher R, Loftus ML, Helfet DL, Lorich DG. The Effect of Soft Tissue Injuries on Clinical Outcomes Following Tibial Plateau Fracture Fixation. J Orthop Trauma. In revisions.

Gausden EB, Christ AB, Warner SJ, Nellestein A, Lorich DG. The triceps-sparing posterior approach to plating humeral shaft fractures results in a high rate of union and low incidence of complications. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2016 Dec;136(12):1683-1689. PMID: 27744633.

Lorich DG, Fabricant PD, Sauro G, Lazaro LE, Thacher RR, Garner MR, Warner SJ. Superior Outcomes after Operative Fixation of Patella Fractures using a Novel Plate Construct: A Prospective Cohort Study. J Orthop Trauma. 2017 May;31(5):241-247. PMID: 28166170.

Gausden EB, Villa J, Warner SJ, Redko M, Miller A, Henry M, Pearle A, Lorich DG, Helfet DL, Wellman DS. Nonunion after clavicle osteosynthesis:  High incidence of infection. J Orthop Trauma. 2017 Apr;31(4):229-235. PMID: 27984454.

Christ AB, Gausden EB, Warner SJ, Garner MR, Thacher R, Helfet DL, Lorich DG. Rotator cuff-sparing approach for antegrade humeral nailing with biceps tenodesis: a technical trick with clinical implications. J Orthop Trauma. 2017 Feb;31(2): e60-e65. PMID: 27580320.

Warner SJ, Uppstrom TJ, Miller AO, O’Brien ST, Salvatore CM, Widmann RF, Perlman SL. The Epidemiology of Deep Surgical Site Infections after Pediatric Spinal Fusion Surgery. Spine. 2017 Feb;42(3): E163-E168. PMID: 27306257.

Gausden EB, Garner MR, Warner SJ, Levack A, Nellestein A, Tedore T, Flores E, Lorich DG. Tranexamic acid in hip fracture patients: a protocol for a randomised, placebo-controlled trial on the efficacy of tranexamic acid in reducing blood loss in hip fracture patients. BMJ Open. 2016 Jun 21;6(6): e010676. PMID: 27329438

Warner SJ and Lorich DG. Surgical Approach Options for Pilon Fractures. Tech Foot Ankle Surg. 2016 Dec; 15(4):169-174.

Verbeek D, Hickerson L, Warner SJ, Helfet DL, Lorich DG. Low profile mesh plating for patella fractures; video of a novel surgical technique. J Orthop Trauma. 2016 Aug;30 Suppl 2: S32-3. PMID: 27441934

Garner MR, Warner SJ, Lorich DG. Surgical Approaches to Posterolateral Tibial Plateau Fractures. J Knee Surg. 2016 June; 29(1): 12-20. PMID 26480345.

Warner SJ, Garner MR, Nguyen JT, Helfet DL, Lorich DG. Perioperative Vitamin D Levels Correlate with Clinical Outcomes after Ankle Fracture Fixation. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2016 Mar; 136(3):339-44. PMID: 26660079.

Sculco PK, Lazaro LE, Little MM, Berkes MB, Warner SJ, Helfet DL, Lorich DG. Dislocation is a risk factor for poor outcome after supination external rotation type ankle fractures. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2016 Jan; 136(1):9-155. PMID: 26506829

Warner SJ, Fabricant PD, Garner MR, Schottel PC, Helfet DL, Lorich DG. The measurement and clinical significance of anatomic syndesmotic reduction after operative fixation of rotational ankle fractures. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Dec 2; 97(23):1935-44. PMID: 26631994

Lorich DG, Warner SJ, Garner MR. Plating of Patella Fractures: A Novel Technique Utilizing Multiplanar Fixation. Operation Tech Orthop. 2015 Dec; 25(4): 230-234.

Warner SJ, Garner MR, Hinds RM, Helfet DL, Lorich DG. Correlation between the Lauge-Hansen Classification and Ligament Injury in Ankle Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Dec; 29(12):574-8. PMID: 26595596.

Lorich DG, Warner SJ, Schottel PC, Shaffer AD, Lazaro LE, Helfet DL. Multiplanar Fixation for Patella Fractures using a Low Profile Mesh Plate. J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Dec; 29(12):e504-10. PMID: 26270460.

Sen MK, Warner SJ, Sama N, Raglan M, Bircher C, Bircher M, Lorich DG, Helfet DL. Treatment of Acetabular Fractures in Adolescents. Am J Orthop. 2015 Oct; 44(10): 465-70. PMID: 26447408.

Warner SJ, Schottel PC, Hinds RM, Helfet DL, Lorich DG. Ankle fracture-dislocations demonstrate poor postoperative functional outcomes among pronation external rotation IV ankle fractures. Foot and Ankle Int. 2015 Jun;36(6):641-7. PMID: 25690442.

Warner SJ, Garner MR, Schottel PC, Hinds RM, Loftus ML, Lorich DG. Analysis of PITFL Injuries in Rotationally Unstable Ankle Fractures. Foot and Ankle Int. 2015 April; 36(4): 377-82. PMID 25367251.

Hinds RM, Lazaro LE, Garner MR, Warner SJ, Loftus ML, Birnbaum JF, Burket JC, Helfet DL, Lorich DG. Ankle Spur Sign is Pathognomonic for the Hyperplantarflexion Variant Ankle Fracture. Foot and Ankle Int. 2015 Feb; 36(2): 159-64. PMID: 25278340.

Warner SJ, Schottel PC, Garner MR, Helfet DL, Lorich DG. Ankle Injuries in Distal Tibial Spiral Shaft Fractures: Results from an Institutional Change in Imaging Protocol. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2014 Dec; 134(12): 1661-6. PMID: 25337963.

Warner SJ, Smith MV, Wright RW, Matava MJ, Brophy RH. Sport-specific outcomes after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Arthroscopy. 2011 Aug; 27(8):1129-34. PMID: 21734594.

Dorn GW 2nd, Clark CF, Eschenbacher WH, Kang MY, Engelhard JT, Warner SJ, Matkovich SJ, Jowdy CC. MARF and Opa1 control mitochondrial and cardiac function in Drosophila. Circ Res. 2011 Jan 7;108(1):12-7. PMID: 21148429.

Warner SJ, Longmore GD. Context-dependent Compensatory Proliferation in Epithelial Homeostasis and Tumorigenesis. Cell Cycle. 2010 Oct; 9(20):4037-8. PMID: 20935485.

Warner SJ, Yashiro H, Longmore GD. The Cdc42/Par6/aPKC polarity complex regulates apoptosis-induced compensatory proliferation in epithelia. Current Biology. 2010 Apr; 20(8): 677-686. PMID: 20381350.

Warner SJ, Longmore GD. Cdc42 antagonizes Rho1 activity at adherens junctions to limit epithelial cell apical tension. Journal of Cell Biology. 2009 Oct; 187(1): 119-133. PMID: 19805632.

Warner SJ, Longmore GD. Distinct functions for Rho1 in maintaining adherens junctions and apical tension in remodeling epithelia. Journal of Cell Biology. 2009 Jun; 185(6): 1111-1125. PMID: 19506041.

Vidal M, Warner S, Read R, Cagan R. Differing Src signaling levels have distinct outcomes in Drosophila. Cancer Research. 2007 Nov; 67(21): 10278-10285. PMID: 17974969.

Warner SJ, Hutson MR, Oh SH, Gerlach-Blank LM, Lomax MI, Barald KF. Expression of ZIC genes in the development of the chick inner ear and nervous system. Developmental Dynamics. 2003 Apr; 226(4): 702-712. PMID: 12666207.

Gong TW, Huang L, Warner SJ, Lomax MI. Characterization of the human UBE3B gene: structure, expression, evolution, and alternative splicing. Genomics. 2003 Aug; 82(2): 143-152. PMID: 12837265.

Good PJ, Chen Q, Warner SJ, Herring DC. A family of human RNA-binding proteins related to the Drosophila Bruno translational regulator. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2000 Sep; 275(37): 28583-28592. PMID: 10893231.