Dr. Patrick McCulloch: Orthopedic Surgery: Houston, TX

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About Dr. Patrick McCulloch

Patrick McCulloch, MD, is a globally renowned orthopedic surgeon and expert in sports medicine based in Houston. Renowned for his work with elite college athletes, professional sports players, dancers, and other individuals seeking top-tier, compassionate care, Dr. McCulloch serves as a trusted physician or consultant for the Houston Astros, Rice University, Houston Ballet, Houston Rodeo, and NASA Astronauts. He offers his expertise to adolescent and adult patients at three Houston locations: the Houston Methodist Outpatient Center in the Medical Center, the Pin Oak office in Bellaire, and the Spring Valley office in Memorial.

Dr. McCulloch specializes in treating a wide range of conditions and injuries affecting the shoulder, elbow, and knee. He employs the latest in biologic treatments, arthroscopic, and minimally invasive techniques. His shoulder treatments cover everything from acute instabilities and rotator cuff tears to fractures, arthritis, and shoulder replacements. For the elbow, he addresses ligament and tendon injuries, including performing Tommy John surgery. His knee procedures include everything from ligament reconstructions, like ACL surgery, to treatments for meniscus and cartilage issues, transplantation and cell therapies, and osteotomies, excluding knee replacements.

Team Physician / Consultant

▸ Houston Astros, MLB (2009 – Present)

▸ Rice University Athletics, NCAA Division I (2009 – Present)
▸ Houston Ballet (2009 – Present)
▸ NASA Astronaut Corps (2011 – Present)
▸ St. John’s School, Manvel, Shadow Creek High Schools
▸ Houston Rodeo (2011 – 2017)


▸ Nationally Recognized Top Doctor Honoree, Castle Connolly (2015 – Present)
▸ Texas Super Doctors, Top 5% (2012 – Present)
▸ Houston’s Top Doctors, H Magazine
▸ Top Doctor Award, Houstonia Magazine
▸ “Patients Choice Award Winner”, Vitals
▸ “Compassionate Doctor Recognition”, Vitals


▸ President, Major League Baseball (MLB) Team Physicians Association (2021)
▸ Board Member, MLB Medical Executive Committee (2018 – Present)
▸ Chair, MLB Medical Education Committee (2020)
▸ Medical Director & Head Team Physician, Rice University (2018 – Present)
▸ Center for Performing Arts Medicine (2009 – Present)
▸ One of the founding Editors, “Orthobullets.com”


▸ John S. Dunn Chair in Orthopedic Surgery, Houston Methodist Hospital
▸ Fellowship Co-Director, Orthopedic Sports Medicine
▸ Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery:
▸ Houston Methodist Academic Institute
▸ Weill-Cornell Medical College
▸ Texas A&M University
"Thanks to this team of professionals I am back on my bike and racing."
"Dr. McCulloch and his staff were amazing. Very attentive to my needs and willing to answer any questions that I had"
"My total experience was better than I could imagine"
"The repair was a borderline miracle. I have nothing but the most wonderful things to say about Dr. McCulloch and his staff"