Frank A Buttacavoli, MD
Chief Adult Reconstruction
Department of Orthopaedics
Dr. Buttacavoli grew up in Miami Beach, Florida but had his first exposure to Texas when he attended Rice University on a Golf scholarship. After completing his degree in Economics, he returned home to the University of Miami for Medical School. He was very fortunate to match for the Orthopaedic Residency at UT Health San Antonio. During this time, Dr. Butttacavoli developed specific interest within Hip and Knee Reconstruction. After residency, he completed his Fellowship training in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. After his fellowship in Boston, he traveled to Switzerland for additional training in hip reconstruction at Balgrist Hospital. Upon returning from Switzerland, Dr. Buttacavoli decided to enter private practice in Miami. After 2 years in Miami, he returned as staff to the same department where he once was a resident. He was excited to join the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Health San Antonio.
Dr. Buttacavoli's specific interests include hip and knee replacements as well as revisions of failed replacements. He has clinical interest in improving long term patient outcomes within these procedures, and cost containment for future health care models without sacrificing patient satisfaction and outcomes. He has previous experience with patient specific implants, robotics, revision surgery, and the use of stem cells and biologics in treatment of hip and knee disorders. He's excited to help grow the Orthopaedic department and be at the forefront of hip and knee deformity and arthritis treatment. Dr. Buttacavoli joined UT Health San Antonio because he knew this would be the best place for him to make a lasting impact on the future of patient care.
Outside of his work in the clinic and hospital, he enjoys traveling with his wife. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf on the amateur circuit. His wife is a native of nearby New Braunfels, Texas. They look forward to building a family near her hometown. They are excited to join the UT Health San Antonio Department of Orthopaedics family. It has been a privilege and an honor to return to the department that built the foundation of his Orthopaedic training. He looks forward to a long career caring for patients and teaching future Orthopaedic Surgeons at UT Health San Antonio.
- 2015 - Clinical Fellowship - Hip Reconstruction - Balgrist Hospital, University of Zurich
- 2015 - Clinical Fellowship - Adult Reconstruction - Brigham and Women`s Hospital Harvard Medical School
- 2014 - Residency - Orthopaedic Surgery - The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- 2009 - MD - Medicine - Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
- 2005 - BA - Economics - Rice University
- 10/2017 - Present - Associate Professor/Clinical - UT Health San Antonio, Orthopaedics, San Antonio
- 09/2017 - Orthopaedic Care Center - Aventura, FL
- 08/2015 - Associate Surgeon and Attending Staff - Brigham and Women's Hospital, Department of Orthopaedics, Boston, MA
Fitz W, Buttacavoli FA. Custom-Made Knee Replacement. In: W. Norman Scott. Insall and Scott Surgery of the Knee, 2-Volume 6th Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017. p. 1519-1525.
Zelle BA, Buttacavoli FA, Shroff JB, Stirton JB. Loss of follow-up in orthopaedic trauma: who is getting lost to follow-up? J Orthop Trauma 2015 Nov;29(11):510-515. Rowley D, Somerson J, Kennedy C, Buttacavoli F, Agarwal A. Electromagnetic Navigation Reduces Surgical Time And Radiation Exposure For Proximal Interlocking In Retrograde Femoral Nailing Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 2014 Jul;28(7):417-421.
- 2017 - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery