Strong feelings for Nac bring orthopedic surgeon back

Dr. Steven Overturf developed strong feelings for Nacogdoches after starting his family here 11 years ago, so he’s thrilled to start his new practice, Overturf Orthopedics, here now.

“I don’t really like the big city, I like smaller towns better,” Dr. Overturf said. “The people in Nacogdoches are incredibly friendly and the schools are good. The availability of fishing and hunting that my boys and I can enjoy around the area appeals to me also. It just has everything I’ve ever wanted from a town.”

Dr. Overturf is excited to start his new life in a small town and to watch his two young boys, Brandon, 11, and Brady, 9, grow up. “Right now the boys are playing soccer and baseball,” Overturf said. “Those are the main two sports that our family is involved in. It’s really good for us, because it’s something we enjoy, but we also get to socialize with some great people in Nacogdoches.”

Originally from Taos, New Mexico, Dr. Overturf graduated with honors from Stephen F. Austin State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine. He then attended medical school at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, completing his internship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, working for the department of general surgery. He returned to UTMB to fulfill his residency, specializing in orthopedic surgery.

Looking forward to meeting the local standard of exceptional orthopedic care in the East Texas region, Dr. Overturf also believes in some of the newer techniques and technologies he hopes to bring to the table from the cutting edge world of a teaching hospital. “There are a lot of things that are done in Nacogdoches, that are already up to the most current standards in orthopedics,” Overturf said.”But I think coming from a teaching program where we’re introduced to the very newest techniques and technology available, I can offer my patients an advantage in new awareness. An example of that would be shoulder treatment using an athroscope, which is a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery. Although I know it’s done some in this town, I know it’s not done across the board. I think this is an example of something I bring to the table. I’m comfortable with some of these techniques that haven’t arrived fully yet in a small town, because those are the techniques I worked with at UTMB every day, as part of the curriculum.”

Dr. Overturf fully embraced that UTMB curriculum, graduating recently with three out of four of the top awards offered to orthopedic residents. He received the Orthopedic-in-Training Exam Master award, which is given to the resident with the highest percentage of correct answers on his/her exam. He also received the OITE Highest Raw Score award. The Golden Bone Excellence in Teaching Award is the prize he’s most proud of though. That coveted award recognizes excellence in a resident’s ability to teach his/her medical students and is nominated by the students themselves. Dr. Overturf received that award for the past two years. He was also nominated for the UTMB Outstanding Resident of the Year 2012-2013 award.

“These awards are a great validation for me and my family.” Overturf said. “I’ve worked hard to be able to come back to Nacogdoches and establish the life I want with my boys. These awards give recognition to all that hard work and give me hope that my family and I can continue to work hard together and realize our dreams.”

Dr. Overturf enjoys the immediacy of orthopedic medicine, especially being able to improve a patient’s situation almost instantly. “My interest is not in managing a patient’s chronic illness for decades. That’s not my strong-suit. I’m better with problem solving, figuring out the puzzle, decoding it. Having a patient wake up from surgery and feeling their shoulder or their knee feel noticeably better already - that aspect of orthopedics really appeals to me.”

 The orthopedist has co-authored two articles on orthopedic practices that have been accepted for publication in two different medical journals, the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Along with these publications, Dr. Overturf has participated in extensive research, including an investigation into the reliability of software used in the creation of 3-D imaging from standard, two-dimensional CT scans.

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, Texas Orthopedic Association, Texas Medical Association and most recently, the Nacogdoches County Medical Society. Overturf Orthopedics will be located across the street from Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital at 1300 North Mound Street. For more information, visit www.nacortho.com.

“Ever since I attended school at SFA, I knew that this would be the perfect place to establish my family,” Overturf said. “The community spirit here is unmatched and that was a big plus for me. I’m excited to get started.”

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