Prof. Panchbhavi is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in Foot and Ankle Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. He qualified as a physician in 1986 and obtained a postgraduate degree, Master of Science in Orthopaedics, from the Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, in 1989. He received five years of additional postgraduate training in Orthopaedics and Trauma in the United Kingdom. He completed a one-year subspecialty fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA.
He earned additional credentials awarded by the certifying bodies of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England, namely, FRCSEd (Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh), FRCS (Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, England) and by the American College of Surgeons, namely, FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons). He is currently Board Certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).
Prof. Panchbhavi is internationally recognized for innovative minimally invasive or key-hole techniques he developed in foot and ankle surgery for procedures such as fixation of pilon fractures in the distal tibia, endoscopic gastrocnemius release, harvesting tendons in the foot for grafting, and peroneal tendoscopy, which are traditionally performed through larger open incisions. His special interests include surgery of the foot and ankle, minimally invasive surgical techniques, diabetic foot and ankle disorders, the Ilizarov method of bone deformity correction and bone transport, total ankle replacement, ankle arthroscopy, endoscopy, heel pain, fractures of the ankle, midfoot, Lisfranc injuries, talus, and calcaneus, and trauma and general orthopaedics.
He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Foot and Ankle International, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery, British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Injury. He regularly presents his work and speaks at international orthopedic conferences and association meetings. He has organized symposiums and moderated sessions in national level conferences. He has been an invited speaker at national meetings with international attendance, such as the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, the AAOS, the IFAS and as Visiting Professor at renowned Universities in USA and abroad.
He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery and editorial board member on journals such as the Foot and Ankle International, Internet-based education sites such as Orthopedia.com, Footeducation.com, and reviewer for a number of additional journals, including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. He has a keen interest in education and served as Chairman of the Post Graduate Training Committee at the national level in the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. He continues to serve on several committees in this and other organizations such as on the Instructional Course Committee of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
He is a member of the General Medical Council, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopedic Association and Orthopedic Trauma Association, as well as Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
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Osmania Medical College - Hyderabad, India, MD, 1984
Medical/Surgical, Osmani General Hospital Afzalgunj - Hyberband, Andhra Padesh India, 1985
Orthopaedics, Osmani General Hospital Afzalgunj - Hyberband, Andhra Padesh India, 1989
Orthopaedics, Greenwich District Hospital - England, UK, 1990
General Surgery, Yeovil District Hospital - UK, 1991
Orthopaedics, Saint Mary's Hospital - London, England, 1995
Orthopaedics, Wessex Rotation-Poole Hospital - West Dorset Hospital - UK, 1995
Orthopaedics, University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, TX, 2001
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, General Orthopedics