Dr. Cecil Christensen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Christensen specializes in General Orthopedics with an emphasis on arthroplasty of the hip, knee, and shoulder, as well as partial knee replacements. Dr. Christensen is highly skilled in complex first time total joint procedures and revisions.

Dr. Christensen received his undergraduate degree from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended medical school at the University Autonoma in Guadalajara, Mexico. Dr. Christensen went on to complete his General Surgery internship and Orthopedic Surgery residency at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. He went on to complete a fellowship in Joint Replacement in Wrightingon, England, joining Sir John Charley’s team, performing the world’s first hip replacement. Following his training, Dr. Christensen returned to the United States, pioneering total hip replacement surgery, and then the total knee replacement in this country.

In addition to his clinical practice. Dr. Christensen is a trained engineer. He used this skill set to help design and build the first modern knee replacement. In his distinguished career, Dr. Christensen has performed more than 38,000 joint replacement procedures.

Dr. Christensen is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the Texas Orthopedic Association.


Undergraduate Degree
Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska
Medical School
University Autonoma, Guadalajara, Mexico
Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas
Surgery of the Hip Fellowship, Wrightington, England

Contact Information

713.486.3575 Office
713.522.5200 Fax

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

Arthroplasty of the hip, knee, and shoulder
Arthroscopic surgery of the knee
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Rotator Cuff repair
Partial knee replacement
Cyst removal
DeQuervain’s Release
Fracture care
Sports injuries