Dr. James Shaw 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).

James Shaw, MD is a board-eligible (American Board of Orthopedic Surgery) orthopedic surgeon who specializes in orthopedic trauma surgery.

Dr. Shaw was born in Austin, Texas. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin in Biomedical Engineering. He also spent time his junior year studying abroad in Cambridge, England. His studies led him to pursue a career in medicine, and he completed his medical degree at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston. He completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Texas Health and Science center at Houston. While there, he quickly cultivated a passion for trauma surgery. Dr. Shaw spent two months of his chief year in Santiago, Chile and Cape Town, South Africa as an invited trauma fellow. During that time, he had a unique experience observing the challenges of delivering orthopedic care in international healthcare systems.

Dr. Shaw subsequently completed his final year of formal training at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, New York, serving as a trauma fellow with Dr. David Helfet and Dr. William Ricci. He additionally spent one month in Miami with Dr. Stephen Quinnan studying management of infections, nonunions and malunions as well as principles of circular frame fixation and bone distraction osteogenesis.

Dr. Shaw was hired to rejoin his academic program at McGovern Medical School in Houston as faculty, practicing orthopedic trauma surgery. His training specializes in orthopedic trauma with an emphasis on complex periarticular fractures and dislocations of the extremities, pelvis and acetabulum. Dr.Shaw also has special interest in treating periprosthetic fractures, nonunions, malunions, deformity correction and infections.

Dr. Shaw is active in orthopedic research and has been published in peer-reviewed journals, invited chapters in orthopedic textbooks, and presented his work at national meetings. He is an active member of the Orthopedic Trauma Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Shaw has spent the past decade in Houston, which he now calls home. When he is not caring for his patients, he and his wife, Tahlia, spend every opportunity traveling the world together.


Undergraduate Degree
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Medical Degree
McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Houston, Texas
Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Houston, Texas
Orthopaedic Surgery Trauma Fellow, Hospital for Special Surgery Department of Orthopaedics, New York, New York

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • Periarticular fractures & dislocations
  • Malunions and nonunions
  • Post traumatic deformities
  • High energy injuries
  • Periprosthetic fractures
  • Fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum


Publication Information

Department of Orthopaedics, McGovern Medical School 2017
James Shaw MD., Milton Routt MD., Joshua Gary MD.

  • “Intra-operative multi-dimensional fluoroscopy of guidepin placement prior to Iliosacral screw fixation for posterior pelvic ring injuries and sacroiliac dislocation: an early case series.”
  • International Orthopaedics, 41(10), 2171-2177.

Department Of Orthopaedics, McGovern Medical School 2019
Marschall Berkes MD., James Shaw MD., Steven Warner MD., Timothy Achor MD.

  • “Medialized trochanteric starting point and focused lateral endosteal beak reaming to optimize success of intramedullary nailing in atypical femur fractures: A technical trick and case series.”
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 33 (8), 313-317.


Department of Orthopaedics, McGovern Medical School 2019
James Shaw MD., Joshua Gary MD., Andrew Burgess MD., Catherine Ambrose PhD.

  • The Effects of Sterilization Techniques on Bioactivity of Polymethyl Methacrylate Antibiotic Beads Containing Vancomycin and Tobramycin.”
  • Podium presentation OTA, Denver 2019
  • Submitted to Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma

Department of Orthopaedics, McGovern Medical School 2019
James Shaw MD., Joshua Gary MD., Catherine Ambrose PhD., Milton Routt MD.

  • Multidimensional Pelvic Fluoroscopy: A New and Novel Technique for Assessing Safety and Accuracy of Percutaneous Iliosacral Screw Fixation.”
  • Digital presentation OTA, Denver 2019

Department of Orthopaedics, Hospital for Special Surgery 2019
James Shaw MD., Peter Sculco MD., David Helfet MD., David Wellman MD.

  • “Is Screw Fixation Into The Cement Mantle Safe In Femur Periprosthetic FractureManagement?”
  • Accepted for poster presentation AAHKS, Dallas 2019