Dr. Southern joined UTMB in 2019 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. He received his Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and his Medical Doctorate degree at Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed his general surgery internship. He was awarded a research fellowship in biomechanics by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a general surgery residency and orthopaedic surgery residency at Yale.
He also completed fellowships in spinal deformity surgery at Rush University in Chicago and in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at the University of California Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital. During his military career, he completed the United States Army Trauma Training Course at the University of Miami, Florida, followed by two active duty tours overseas as a Lieutenant Colonel. He later earned a Master's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
His research interests have included spinal deformity, minimally invasive non-fusion spine surgery for trauma and deformity, operative treatment of kyphosis, deformities in spinal osteomyelitis, improving treatment regimens for musculoskeletal tumors of the spine, and prevention of complications in spinal surgery. He has practiced in several national and international medical centers caring for pediatric and adult patients with spinal or orthopaedic disorders and teaching in orthopaedic surgery. He also has volunteered with the Children of China Pediatrics Foundation and the Bao Bei Foundation caring for Chinese orphans.
Dr. Southern is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is board-certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of numerous other professional organizations, including the Scoliosis Research Society, the North American Spine Society, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, The Yale Orthopaedic Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin, California, Colorado, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Minnesota. He and his wife have four daughters from high school into graduate school.
MD, Baylor College of Medicine - Houston, TX, 1988
Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale-New Haven Hospitals - Bridgeport, CT, 1995
General Surgery, Yale-New Haven Hospitals - Bridgeport, CT, 1991
Spine Surgery, Rush University Medical Center - Chicago, IL, 1996