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David Ring, M.D., Ph.D.


UCSD School of Medicine

Ph.D., Psychosocial Aspects of Arm Illness
University of Amsterdam


Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital


David Ring is associate dean for comprehensive care and professor of surgery at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.

He was born in San Diego, double majored in physics and biochemistry/cell biology at the University of California at San Diego and graduated from the UCSD School of Medicine in 1993. His surgical internship was at Massachusetts General Hospital, and his orthopedic residency was in the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program. He was chief resident at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital and had a hand-and-upper-extremity fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital with Dr. Jesse Jupiter.

Prior to moving to Austin, Ring was a professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School, chief of hand surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, and chair of the MGH Orthopedic Quality and Patient Safety Committee. He was awarded a Ph.D. for clinical research in the psychosocial aspects of arm pain from the University of Amsterdam in 2005. His interests include trauma and posttraumatic reconstruction in the arm, quality and patient safety, common arm illnesses, and psychosocial aspects of arm illness. He has more than 450 peer-reviewed original research publications. He is a deputy editor for Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

Ring has influenced the treatment of upper extremity trauma and its effects (traumatic elbow instability in particular), nonunions, and common hand illnesses. He has also increased the appreciation of the importance of both nontechnical skills in orthopaedic surgery and the psychological and sociological influences on musculoskeletal illness.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Orthopedic Trauma Association
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • MGPO Physician Leadership Development Certificate Program
Awards & Honors
  • Leadership Award
    Partners Samuel
  • Compassionate Caregiver Award
    The Schwartz Center
  • Best Clinical Poster Award
    Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Commendations
    British Medical Assocation Awards for Musculoskeletal Trauma in the Elderly