Biography

Dr. Timothy Achor 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 Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and Memorial Hermann in the Texas Medical Center.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Achor specializes in Orthopedic Trauma with an emphasis severe musculoskeletal injuries of the pelvis, hip, knee, and ankle, as well as nonunions and complications of fractures. Dr. Achor is active in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows both in Houston and at conferences nationwide.

Dr. Achor received his undergraduate degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Ohio and completed a five year Orthopedic Surgery residency at New York Medical College. He went on to complete an Orthopedic Trauma fellowship in New York City at the Hospital for Special Surgery under the direction of Dr. David Helfet.

He is an active member of many professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Orthopedic Trauma Association, and AO Trauma North America. Dr. Achor has lived and worked in Houston since completing his training, where he has become one of the busiest orthopedic trauma surgeons in the country.

 

Education

Undergraduate Degree
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Medical School
Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio
Internship
New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York
Residency
New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York
Fellowship
Orthopaedic Traumatology Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York

Contact Information

713.486.7560 Office
713.486.7512 Fax

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

Orthopedic Trauma
Complex fractures and dislocations
Complications of fractures
Malunions and Nonunions
Pelvic and Acetabular fractures
Post traumatic deformities
High-energy injuries

Publications

Publication Information

Abstracts

Ragsdale M, Achor T, Zelicof S, Asprinio D.  Open Reduction Internal Fixation and Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty of Selected Acetabular Fractures.  Presented at Orthopedic Trauma Association, October 2007.

Achor T, Chafe C, Zelazny D, Vigorita V, Asprinio D, Lucas P. Repair of Segmental Bone Gap Using Multipotent Adult Stem Cells.  Presented at Orthopedic Trauma Association, October 2008.

Achor T, Prasarn M, Ahn J, Lorich D, Helfet D.  The effect of locking inserts and overtorque on the fatigue behavior of locking compression plates.  Presented at American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, March 2010.

Refereed Original Articles in Journals

Boraiah S, Ragsdale M, Achor T, Zelicof S, Asprinio D.  Open reduction  internal fixation and primary total hip arthroplasty of selected acetabular fractures.  Journal of Orthopedic Trauma 2009; 23(4):243-248.

Prasarn M, Ahn J, Achor T, Matuszewski P, Lorich D, Helfet D.  Management of infected femoral nonunions with a single-staged protocol utilizing internal fixation.  Injury 2009; 40(11):1220-1225.

Prasarn M, Cattaneo M, Achor T, Ahn J, Klinger C, Helfet D, Lorich D.  The effect of entry point on malalignment and iatrogenic fracture with the Synthes Lateral Entry Femoral Nail.  Journal of Orthopedic Trauma 2010; 24(4):224-229.

Prasarn M, Achor T, Paul O, Lorich D, Helfet D.  Management of nonunions of the proximal humeral diaphysis. Injury 2010; 41(12):1244-8.

Prasarn ML, Ahn J, Achor TS, Paul O, Lorich DG, Helfet DL.  Acute compartment syndrome in patients with tibia fractures transferred for definitive fracture care. Am J Orthop 2014; 43(4):173-7

 Invited Articles in Journals

Achor T, Lorich D, Helfet D. Evaluation and treatment of acetabular fractures: an overview.  Minerva Ortop Traumatol 2009; 60:375-390.

Achor T, Ahn J.  Becoming the “Captain of the Ship” in the OR.  Journal of Orthopedic Trauma 2014; Sep;28 Suppl 9:S18-9

Ahn J, Achor T.  Tips for being an effective teacher.  Journal of Orthopedic Trauma 2014; Sep;28 Suppl 9:S15-7

Chapters

Routt ML, Achor TS: Internal Fixation of Unstable Fractures (Types B3 and C). AOTrauma: Fractures of the Pelvis and the Acetabulum–Principles and Methods of Management.  Editors Tile, Helfet, Kellam, Vrahas.  Pending publication

Presentations

“Pelvic Fractures.”  Westchester Medical Center, Combined Trauma Conference.  Valhalla, NY.  September 2008.

“Pelvic Fractures.”  New York Hospital Queens Grand Rounds.  New York, NY.  December 2008.

“External Fixation.”  AO Principles Course of Fracture Management for Operating Room Personnel.  New York, NY.  January 2009.

“Femoral Head Fracture/Dislocations.” Hospital for Special Surgery Grand Rounds.  New York, NY.  May 2009.

“Dislocations.”  Hospital for Special Surgery Resident Orientation.  New York, NY.  June 2009.

“Surgical Dislocation for the Treatment of Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis.”  Hospital for Special Surgery Friday Lecture Series.  New York, NY.  July 2009.

“Fracture Care: My Experience at the Hospital for Special Surgery.” Hospital Mutual de Seguridad, Visiting Professor Grand Rounds, Santiago, Chile.  August 2009.

“Fracture Care: My Experience at the Hospital for Special Surgery.” University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Department of Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds, Houston, TX.  September 2009.

“Traumatic Care of Orthopedic Sports Injuries.”  9th Annual Houston Sports Medicine Update.  June 2010.

“Irreducible Dislocations.”  9th Annual South East Trauma Symposium.  Destin, FL.  July 2010.

“Fractures of the Talus.”  9th Annual South East Trauma Symposium.  Destin, FL.  July 2010.

“Relative Stability: Intramedullary Techniques.”  AO Basic Principles of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  San Antonio, TX.  February 2011.

“Distal Humerus Fractures.” First International Course in Hand and Upper Extremity Reconstructive Surgery.  Hermosillo, Mexico.  March 2011.

“Radial Head Fractures.” First International Course in Hand and Upper Extremity Reconstructive Surgery.  Hermosillo, Mexico.  March 2011.

“Orthopedic Reflections: What I’ve Learned My First Year in Practice.”  University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Department of Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds.  Houston, TX.  April 2011.

“What’s New in Tibial Nailing.”  13th Annual Chicago Trauma Symposium. Chicago, IL.  August 2011.

“Preventing Peri-Operative Infections.” Advanced Course of Fracture Management for Operating Room Personnel.  Houston, TX.  January 2012.

“Relative Stability: Intramedullary Techniques.”  AO Basic Principles of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  New Orleans, LA.  January, 2012.

“Relative Stability: Intramedullary Techniques.”  AO Basic Principles of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Dallas, TX.  March, 2012.

“Posterior Column, Posterior Wall Acetabular Fractures.”  Pelvic and Acetabular Trauma Reconstructive Course.  Santiago, Chile.  May 2012.

“Sacral Fractures: Current Operative Strategies.”  Pelvic and Acetabular Trauma Reconstructive Course.  Santiago, Chile.  May 2012.

“Distal Radius Fractures: Intra-Articular Injuries.”  AO Advanced Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management.  Marco Island, FL.  June 2012.

“Periprosthetic Fractures.”  Synthes Resident Cadaver Course.  Houston, TX.  July 2012.

“Scapula Fractures.”  14th Annual Chicago Trauma Symposium.  Chicago, IL.  July 2012.

“Open Tibial Shaft Fractures: To Ream or Not To Ream?” Debate. 14th Annual Chicago Trauma Symposium.  Chicago, IL.  July 2012.

“Preventing Perioperative Infection: An O.R. “Never” Event.”  Principles Course of Fracture Management for Operating Room Personnel.  Destin, FL.  August 2012.

“Humeral Shaft Fractures.”  AO Basic Principles of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Seattle, WA.  August 2012.

“Avoiding Complications Around the Proximal Humerus.”  Edward T. Smith Orthopedic Lectureship: Advanced Shoulder Reconstruction.  Houston, TX.  November 2012.

“Distal Radius Fractures: Intra-Articular Injuries.”  AO Advanced Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management.  Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  November 2012.

“Proximal Humerus Fractures: Indications and Techniques of Arthroplasty.” AO Advanced Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management.  Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  November 2012.

“Orthopedic Reflections: What I’ve Learned My First Year in Practice.”  University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Student Orthopedic Association Guest Lecturer, January 2013.

“Nonunion.”  AO Basic Principles of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Sun Valley, ID.  March 2013.

“Relative Stability: Intramedullary Techniques.”  AO Basic Principles of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Kansas City, MO.  April 2013.

“The Spectrum of Stability.”  AO Basic Principles of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Kansas City, MO.  April 2013.

“Fracture Nomenclature: How to Speak Like an Orthopedic Surgeon.”  University of Texas Medical School at Houston: OrthoCamp for First and Second Year Orthopedic Residents.  July, 2013.

“Distal Femur Fractures: Latest Techniques.”  15th Annual Chicago Trauma Symposium.  Chicago, IL.  August 2013.

“Autograft vs Allograft with BMP: Preferred Bone Graft?”  Debate.  15th Annual Chicago Trauma Symposium.  Chicago, IL.  August 2013.

“Surgical Reduction Techniques: Respecting the Behavior of Bone.”  AO Basic Principles of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  San Francisco, CA.  August 2013.

“Intracapsular Hip Fractures.” AO Basic Principles of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  San Francisco, CA.  August 2013.

“Complex Elbow Fractures.”  Orthopedic Trauma Association Comprehensive Fracture Course for Residents.  Phoenix, AZ.  October 2013

“Heterotopic Ossification.”  American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons/Orthopedic Trauma Association Pelvic and Acetabular Course, Rosemont, IL.  October, 2013.

“Distal Radius Fractures: Intra-Articular Injuries.”  AO North America Advanced Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management.  La Jolla, CA. October 2013.

“Osseous Fixation Pathways of the Pelvis.”  Edward T. Smith Orthopedic Lectureship: Controversies and Advances in Traumatic Pelvic and Acetabular Injuries. Houston, TX.  November 2013.

“Intra-Operative Imaging Techniques.”  Edward T. Smith Orthopedic Lectureship: Controversies and Advances in Traumatic Pelvic and Acetabular Injuries. Houston, TX.  November 2013.

“Complex Pelvic Fractures.”  Orthopedic Trauma Association Advanced Trauma Techniques Course for Residents: Pelvic Module.  Orlando, FL.  January 2014.

“Relative Stability: Intramedullary Techniques.”  AO Basic Principles of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  La Jolla, CA. March 2014.

“What is Orthopedic Surgery?”  Short Course in Orthopedics for the South Pacific.  Suva, Fiji.  April 2014.

“The History of Fracture Care.”  Short Course in Orthopedics for the South Pacific.  Suva, Fiji.  April 2014.

“Emergent Care of Traumatic Sports Injuries.”  Short Course in Orthopedics for the South Pacific.  Suva, Fiji.  April 2014.

“Interfragmentary Lag Screws and External Fixation Principles.”  Short Course in Orthopedics for the South Pacific.  Suva, Fiji.  April 2014.

“Proximal Femur Fractures: Implant Options and Surgical Pearls.” Depuy Synthes Current Solutions in Orthopedic Trauma National Course.  Las Vegas, NV.  May 2014.

“Pelvic and Acetabular Fractures in the Elderly and Morbidly Obese.” Pelvic and Acetabular Trauma Reconstruction Course. Santiago, Chile.  May 2014.

“Transverse/Transverse with Posterior Wall Acetabular Fractures.” Pelvic and Acetabular Trauma Reconstruction Course. Santiago, Chile.  May 2014.

“High Energy Proximal Femur Fractures.” Pelvic and Acetabular Trauma Reconstruction Course. Santiago, Chile.  May 2014.

“Open Fractures.”  OrthoCamp: Short Course for First and Second Year Orthopedic Residents.  Houston, TX.  June 2014.

“Extracapsular Hip Fractures.” AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Columbus, OH.  August 2014.

“A Day in My Life and How I Became an Orthopedic Surgeon.” Miami University PreMedical Student Association/Mallory-Wilson Center for Premedical Education Invited Alumni Lecture.  Oxford, OH.  September 2014.

“Principles Overview.”  Session Moderator. AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Atlanta, GA.  October 2014.

“Articular Module.” Session Moderator.  Orthopedic Trauma Association Comprehensive Fracture Course for Residents.  Tampa, FL.  October 2014.

“Polytrauma.” AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Atlanta, GA.  October 2014.

“High Energy Proximal Femur Fractures.”  Grand Rounds Guest Lecturer, Northwestern University Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Chicago, IL.  October 2014.

“Proximal Humerus Fractures: Arthroplasty Indications and Techniques.”  AO North America Advanced Principles of Operative Fracture Management.  Toronto, Canada.  November, 2014.

“Distal Radius Fractures: Intra-Articular Injuries.” AO North America Advanced Principles of Operative Fracture Management.  Toronto, Canada.  November, 2014.

“The Role of BMP and Other Growth Factors in Orthopedic Trauma.”  Edward T. Smith Orthopedic Lectureship.  Houston, TX.  November 2014.

“Surgical Approaches to the Proximal and Distal Femur.”  Spectrum Health Lower Extremity Residents Workshop.  Grand Rapids, MI.  December 2014.

“High Energy Proximal Femur Fractures.”  Grand Rounds Guest Lecturer, Spectrum Health, Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Grand Rapids, MI.  December 2014.

“Complex Pelvic Fractures.”  Orthopedic Trauma Association Advanced Trauma Techniques Course for Residents: Pelvic Module.  Houston, TX.  January 2015.

“Periprosthetic Fractures about Total Knee Replacements.” Depuy Synthes National Sales Meeting. Orlando, FL.  January 2015.

 

Additional Information

Professional Courses Chaired

Edward T. Smith Orthopedic Lectureship: Advanced Shoulder Reconstruction. Houston, TX.  November 2012.

Short Course in Orthopedics for the South Pacific.  Suva, Fiji.  April 2014.

AO Basic Principles of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Houston, TX.  September 2014.

Professional Courses Taught

AO North America Operating Room Personnel: In-Service.  New York, NY. November 2008.

AO North America Principles of Fracture Management for Operating Room Personnel, New York, NY.  January 2009.

9th Annual Houston Sports Medicine Update.  June 2010.

9th Annual South East Trauma Symposium. Destin, FL, July 2010.

AOTK/Synthes Technical Commission for Advancement of Orthopedic Implants.  Boca Raton FL. January 2011.

AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  San Antonio, February 2011.

First International Course in Hand and Upper Extremity Reconstructive Surgery. Hermosillo, Mexico.  March 2011.

13th Annual Chicago Trauma Symposium.  Chicago, August 2011.

Synthes Operating Room Personnel Advanced Fracture Course.  Houston, TX.  January 2012.

AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  New Orleans, LA.  February 2012.

AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Dallas, TX.  March 2012.

Pelvic and Acetabular Trauma Reconstruction Course. Santiago, Chile.  May 2012.

AO North America Advanced Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Marco Island, FL.  June 2012.

Synthes Cadaver Course: Periprosthetic Femur Fractures. Houston, TX.  July 2012.

14th Annual Chicago Trauma Symposium.  Chicago, IL.  July 2012.

Synthes Operating Room Personnel Advanced Fracture Course.  Destin, FL.  August 2012.

AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Seattle, WA.  August 2012.

AO North America Advanced Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents. Toronto, ON.  November 2012.

AOTK/Synthes Technical Commission for Advancement of Orthopedic Implants.  Boca Raton, FL. January 2013.

AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Sun Valley, Idaho.  March 2013.

AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Kansas City, MO.  April 2013.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: Part II American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Oral Board Preparation Course. Chicago, IL.  June 2013.

OrthoCamp: Short Course for First and Second Year Orthopedic Residents.  Houston, TX.  June 2013

15th Annual Chicago Trauma Symposium.  Chicago, IL.  August 2013.

AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  San Francisco, CA.  August 2013.

Orthopedic Trauma Association Comprehensive Fracture Course for Residents.  Phoenix, AZ.  October 2013.

AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  La Jolla, CA. October 2013.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons/Orthopedic Trauma Association Pelvic and Acetabular Cadaver Course. Rosemont, IL. October 2013.

Edward T. Smith Orthopedic Lectureship: “Controversies & Advances in Traumatic Pelvic and Acetabular Injuries.”  Houston, TX.  November 2013.

AOTrauma Faculty Mentorship/Coaching Program.  Davos, Switzerland. December 2013.

Orthopedic Trauma Association: Advanced Trauma Techniques Course for Residents: Pelvic Module. Orlando, FL. January 2014.

Depuy Synthes National Sales Meeting. San Antonio, TX.  January 2014.

AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  La Jolla, CA.  March 2014.

Short Course in Orthopedics for the South Pacific.  Suva, Fiji.  April 2014.

Depuy Synthes Current Solutions in Orthopedic Trauma National Course.  Las Vegas, NV.  May 2014.

Pelvic and Acetabular Trauma Reconstruction Course. Santiago, Chile.  May 2014.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: Part II American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Oral Board Preparation Course. Chicago, IL.  June 2014

OrthoCamp: Short Course for First and Second Year Orthopedic Residents.  Houston, TX.  June 2014

AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Columbus, OH.  August 2014.

AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Houston, TX.  September 2014.

AO North America Basic Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management Course for Residents.  Atlanta, GA.  October 2014.

Orthopedic Trauma Association Comprehensive Fracture Course for Residents.  Tampa, FL.  October 2014.

AO North America Advanced Principles and Techniques of Operative Fracture Management.  Toronto, Canada.  November 2014.

Orthopedic Trauma Association: Advanced Trauma Techniques Course for Residents: Pelvic Module. Houston, TX. January 2015.

Depuy Synthes National Sales Meeting. Orlando, FL.  January 2015.

Webinars Taught

VuMedi Webinar: “Pubic Symphyseal Injuries.” January 2014.

AO North America Webinar for Trauma Fellows: “Proximal Humerus Fractures.”  March 2014.

AO North America Webinar for Practicing Orthopedic Surgeons: “Proximal Humerus Fractures.” April 2014.

VuMedi Webinar: “High Energy Proximal Femur Fractures: Plating Techniques.”  June 2014.

AO North America Webinar for Trauma Fellows: “High Energy Proximal Femur Fractures.”  January 2015.