Dr. Danielle Melton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Director of the Amputee Program at Memorial Hermann The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR).

Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Melton specializes Orthopedic Trauma and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with an emphasis in rehabilitation of patients after traumatic accidents and non-surgical management of patients with spine and other musculoskeletal disorders often requiring pain management. Dr. Melton’s primary focus is the care of people with amputations, encompassing pre-prosthetic management, prosthetic design and prescription, and rehabilitation.  She also specializes in bracing and orthotics for patients with peripheral nerve injuries and spasticity.

Dr. Melton received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University. She then attended Medical School at Baylor College of Medicine and remained at Baylor, completing her residency in the Department of Physical Medicine.

Dr. Melton is active in several professional organizations including the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Amputee Coalition Scientific Medical Advisory Committee. She is also involved in the sponsorship of postdoctoral fellows with the Trauma Amputee Fellowship Program.


Undergraduate Degree
Louisiana State University
Medical School
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

Orthopedic Trauma
Non-surgical pain management
Care of patients with amputations
Pre-prosthetic management
Prosthetic design and prescription
Bracing and orthotics for peripheral nerve injuries and spasticity

Research Information

The University of Texas Medical School, TIRR. Ossur Rapid Rehab Program for Power Knee. Determining clinical practice for gait training with therapy. 2014-present

The University of Texas Medical School, TIRR. The Experience of Viewing Self in a Mirror after Amputation of a Limb. Principal Investigator Dr Wy Freysteinson, PhD, MN. 2013-present

American Orthotics Prosthetics Academy. Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Orthotic management of Strokes, 8/2013

American Orthotics Prosthetics Academy. Clinical Practice Guidelines for Transtibial Amputation Prosthesis Management, 10/2013

The University of Texas Medical School, TIRR. Modification of Electrical Pain Threshold by Voluntary. Breathing-Controlled Electrical Stimulation (BreEStim) in Healthy Subjects, 2012-present

The University of Texas Medical School, TIRR. Radiofrequency Ablation for the Treatment of Amputation Neuromas Case Series. Principal Investigator, 2009-present

Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Hospital Dual channel radial motor nerve conduction study for standard lab values. Mentor: Kuno P. Zimmerman, D.O., PhD., 2005

Baylor College of Medicine, PM&R Department. Critical Review of the Literature: Neuropathy after Total Hip Replacement. Mentor: George C. Kevorkian, M.D., 2004

Baylor College of Medicine, PM&R department. Study to assess spasticity management costs comparing Botox, Phenol, Intrathecal baclofen pumps, Medications & Surgical procedures. Mentor: Gerard Francisco, M.D., 2002

LSU, Mechanical Engineering Program Designed a two-dimensional beam position monitor for the electron synchrotron, AMSE regional competition finalist, 1993


Publication Information


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, Ideal Functional Outcomes for Amputation Levels (2014) 199-212. Authors: Robert Meier, MD and Danielle H Melton, MD

Shengai Li, Jeffrey C. Berliner, Danielle H Melton, Sheng Li (2013). Modification of electrical pain threshold by voluntary breathing-controlled electrical stimulation (BreEStim) in healthy subjects. PLoS One, July 24, 2013; 8(7): e70282 PMCID: PMC3722161

Perspective for O&P Business News, October 2012. The Effect of Rehabilitation in a Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit on Mobility Outcome After Dysvascular Lower Extremity Amputation. Joseph M. Czerniecki, MD et al.  (Dr. Danielle H. Melton wrote the prospectus)

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) Medical Council Networker, Summer 2011  •   Volume 3, Issue 3. Paving the Road to Preventing Limb Loss & Improving Amputee Care. Danielle H Melton, MD

Journal of Pain Research. Breathing-controlled electrical stimulation could modify the affective component of neuropathic pain after amputation: a case report. Sheng Li, MD, Danielle H Melton, MD, Jeffrey C Berliner, MD. Published Date April 2012 Volume 2012:5 Pages 71 – 75

Poster Presentation. TIRR, University of Texas Houston Health Science Center. Radiofrequency Ablation for Amputation Neuromas, AAP poster presentation. Danielle H. Melton, MD, Ahmed Khalifa, MD, Amanda Steen, MD, April 2010

Presentations and Lectures

Radio Interview for Doctor Radio on SiriusXM – The Doctor Radio Orthopedics program, collaboration with NYU Langone Medical Center

Amputations, limb loss and phantom pain and new technology in prosthetics. New York, New York, 11/24/14

Ortho Trauma Association Annual Conference. Peg Leg versus the $6Million Prosthesis Tampa, Florida, 10/14/14

Quanta Risk and Safety Conference. Rehabilitation of Traumatic Amputations from Electrocutions. The Woodlands, Texas 10/23/14

Ossur Prosthetic Center of Excellence. Amputees in Today’s ACO Healthcare Model – How Clinicians Must Work Together. Orlando, Florida 3/6/2014

Futuristic bionic knee makes SMUD worker feel “whole”. Interview regarding microprocessor knees. Sacramento Bee Article 1/19/14 by Edward Ortiz

Interview for Coordinating Care from Amputation through Rehabilitation. O&P Edge Article 1/2014 by Laura Hochnadel

Commenting on recent article: Robotic Leg Control with EMG Decoding in an Amputee with nerve Transfers in New England Journal of Medicine

MedPage Today Interview 7:30 CST Wednesday September 25th 2013. Medical Basis for Orthotic and Prosthetic Intervention. Baylor College of Medicine, Masters of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics. BCM Medical School, 8/1/2013

Amputee Care for Physical Therapists. National Course, American Physical Therapy Association Salt Lake City, Utah, 6/1/2013

Rehabilitation of Amputee after the Boston Marathon. Local News Channel 2, Local Area News Interview. Houston, Texas, 4/1/2013

Amputation Rehabilitation after Boston Marathon Terrorist Attacks. Good Morning America, National Morning News Interview. Houston, Texas, 4/1/2013

Moderator for Warrior Champions Film Reelabilities, Houston Disabilities Film Festival 2013

Orthotics and Prosthetics Clinician Conference: Pain Management of Amputations. Local Community Lecture, Orthotics and Prosthetics Group, TIRR, 2/1/2013

Limb Loss Prevention Task Force and the Amputee Coalition. National Course, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Atlanta, Georgia, 11/1/2012

Radio Address-Addressing Prosthetic Research for the Amputee

Radio Address, Houston’s All-News radio station -92.1 FM. Houston, Texas, 6/1/2011

Rehabilitation Needs for Amputees after the Haiti Earthquake, O&P lecture series. Local Community Lecture, Dynamic Orthotics and Prosthetics. Houston, Texas, 5/1/2010

Radiofrequency Ablation for Amputation Neuromas, AAP poster presentation. National Conference, Association of Academic Physiatrists. Fort Meyers, Florida, 4/1/2010

Lower Extremity Amputations and Prosthesis. Local Community Lecture, Case Management Southwest Association. Houston, Texas, 7/1/2007

Additional Information

Professional Activities

American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association (AOPA),

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Orthotic Management in Stroke, 8/2013

American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association (AOPA),

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Transtibial Prosthetic Management 10/2013

Orthotics Prosthetics Education Research Foundation (OPERF),

Physician Representative to Board of Directors, 2013-present

Amputee Coalition (AC) Scientific Medical Advisory Committee (SciMAC)

Contribute to Clinical and Scientific Expertise in program and policy initiatives.

International non-profit organization to serve persons with amputations

Continuing Professional Education Sub-Committee

Developed Skill Set Matrix for Nominations to SciMAC

Center for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) practitioner letter for Prosthetic Rx

Creating Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator adjusted for amputees 2010-present

American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Medicine Council

Member and organizer of Amputation Medicine group, 2012-present

Moderator, Post-Polio Syndrome, Annual Assembly Meeting, 2006

Baylor College of Medicine/University of Texas, Board Review Couse

Moderator, Orthotics & Prosthetics, Houston, 2007-2008

Mock Oral Exam Facilitator, 2007-present