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OFFICE ADDRESSES

Bone & Joint Clinic of Houston
6550 Fannin, Suite 2600
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: (713) 790-1818

Houston Methodist Comprehensive Care Center
8520 W. Broadway St, Suite 100
Pearland, Texas 77584
Phone: (832) 736-9779

Fax: (713) 790-7500

EDUCATION

  • 1963
    Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy, Medical University of South Carolina,
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1963-1967
    Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1967-1968
    Internship, Charlotte Memorial HospitalCharlotte, North Carolina
  • 1968-1970
    Military Service, U.S. Air Force, Homestead Base, Florida
  • 1970-1974
    Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Charlotte Memorial Hospital, Charlotte, North Carolina

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS

  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital – Attending

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

  • Clinical Associate Professor
    Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine
    Houston, Texas

Present academic rank and position

  • Clinical Professor
    Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
    University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    September 19, 1975

HONORS

  • Texas Monthly – Super Doctors Award
     2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • NCQA Back Pain Recognition
    Oct 2010-2012
  • Consumers’ Research Council of America – America’s Top Orthopedists
     2009, 2010, 2011
  • H Texas - Top Doctors 2017, 2016

MEDICAL SOCIETIES and ASSOCIATIONS

  • Harris County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Texas Orthopaedic Association
  • Houston Orthopaedic Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • Clinical Orthopaedic Society
  • International Society of Clinical Densitometry

INSTITUTIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS

  • Quality of Care & Patient Care Committee
    St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
  • Pharmacy, Therapeutic and Nutrition Committee
    St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
  • Musculoskeletal Peer Review Committee, Chairman
    St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

PUBLICATIONS

  • Sassard WR, Heinig CF, Pitts WR: Posterior atlanto-axial dislocation without fracture. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, 56-A(3): 625-628, 1974.
  • Brodsky AE, Denis MD, Sassard WR: Alveolar soft-part sarcoma. A case report. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, 65-A(6): 841-842, 1983.
  • Brodsky AE, Khalil MA, Sassard WR, Newman BP: Repair of symptomatic pseudarthrosis of anterior cervical fusion: posterior vs. anterior repair. Spine 17(10): 1137-1143, 1992.
  • Sassard WR, Kaestner GR, Khalil MA, Gray PM, Jr.: Circumferential lumbar spine fusion through a posterior approach. Ortho Transactions, 18(2), 1994.
  • Sassard WR, Eidman DK, Gray Jr., PM, Block JE, Russo R, Russell JL, Taboada EM: Augmenting local bone with grafton demineralized bone matrix for posterolateral lumbar spine fusion: avoiding second site autologous bone harvest. Orthopedics, 23(10), October 2000.
  • Cammisa, Jr., F.P., Lowery, G., Garfin, S.R., Geisler, F.H., Klara, P.M., McGuire, R.A., Sassard, W.R., Stubbs, H., Block, J.E. Two-Year Fusion Rate Equivalency Between Grafton® DBM Gel and Autograft in Posterolateral Spine Fusion. Spine, Vol. 29, No. 6, pp 660-666, 2004.
  • Reitman, C.A., Watters, W.C., Sassard, W.R. The Cell Saver in Adult Lumbar Fusion Susrgery. Spine, Vol. 29, No.14, pp1580-1584. 2004

PAPERS PRESENTED

  • Sassard WR: The painful shoulder. Presented at Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, Houston Chapter, Houston, Texas, October 5, 1987.
  • Sassard, WR: Internal fixation of the lumbar spine with pedicle screws. Presented at National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses Workshop, Houston, Texas, October 19, 1990.
  • Sassard WR: Surgical applications of pedicle screw spine instrumentation for fusions. Presented at VSP & ISOLA In-service for St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital Orthopaedic Nursing Staff, Houston, Texas, February 15, 1992.
  • Kaestner GR, Sassard WR, Brodsky AE, Watters WC III, Khalil MA: Four-year experience with pedicle screw fixation in lumbar spine fusion. Presented at Texas Orthopaedic Association, San Antonio, Texas, May 15, 1992.
  • Sassard WR: Circumferential lumbar fusion. Presented at Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, May 29, 1992.
  • Brodsky AE, Khalil MA, Sassard WR, Newman BP: Comparison of posterior vs. anterior repair for symptomatic pseudarthrosis of anterior interbody fusions of the cervical spine. Presented at 7th Annual North American Spine Society, Boston, Massachusetts, July 10, 1992.
  • Sassard WR: Surgical treatment of disorders of the cervical spine. Presented at concurrent nursing program of 29th Annual St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital Orthopaedic Symposium, Houston, Texas, April 22, 1992.
  • Sassard WR, Kaestner GR, Khalil MA, Gray, Jr. PM: Circumferential lumbar fusion through a posterior approach. Presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Southern Orthopaedic Association, Vienna, Austria, August 12, 1993.
  • Sassard WR, Kaestner GR, Khalil MA, Gray, Jr. PM: Circumferential lumbar fusion through a posterior approach. Presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Western Orthopaedic Association, Long Beach, California, August 15, 1994.
  • Watters WC, Sassard WR, Siff SJ: The cell-saver in complex lumbar spine surgery: a cost-benefit outcomes study. Presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 66th Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California, February 4, 1999.