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Stephen L. Brotherton, M.D.

Sports & Dance Medicine – Surgery of the Shoulder, Hip, Knee, Ankle, and Foot


Dr. Brotherton joined The Fort Worth Bone and Joint Clinic, the precursor to Texas Health Care Bone and Joint Clinic, in 1987, after completing a Bachelor’s degree at Texas Christian University in 1978, a Doctor of Medicine degree at UT Southwestern in 1982, and an Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Emory University and Affiliated Hospitals, in Atlanta, in 1987. He is the current President of the Texas Medical Association, a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. His areas of emphasis are sports medicine, dance and performance medicine, foot and ankle, and lower extremity joint replacement.


Dr. Brotherton became an orthopedic consultant to TCU in 1987 under Dr. James Beckley and an associate team physician under Dr. Bert Franks. He became the senior orthopedic consultant upon Dr. Beckley’s retirement from sports medicine in 1994 and continues in both capacities today with his partner Dr. Milne and others. Along with Dr. Beckley, Dr Franks, and Head Trainer Ross Bailey, he developed the Sports Medicine Advisory Team at TCU, which has become a model in many other institutions. He established this model with Head Trainer Ed Chisholm at Fort Worth Country Day School, also in 1987, and in 2005 was the 17th recipient of the “Old Sport” Award given by FWCDS and its Alumni Association for these and other volunteer efforts.


Interested in applying sports medicine principals to dancers and other performers, Dr. Brotherton implemented a program for the Casa Manana resident company in 1988 with then-choreographer Francis Fuller. He was asked to become Company Physician for The Fort Worth Ballet (now Texas Ballet Theater) in 1990, and continues in that position. He has been Company Physician for the Arlington Ballet (now Metroplex Classical Ballet) since its inception. Among other sports medicine principals, Dr. Brotherton was one of the first to advocate for an Athletic Trainer to be assigned to dance companies. Also in 1988 he joined the group attending the Ft. Worth Rodeo. He became the Medical Director for the Stock Show and Rodeo in 2006.


Dr. Brotherton holds adjunct/clinical faculty positions with TCU and Ft. Worth Affiliated Hospitals Orthopedic Residency Program (JPS).

He has been lead author on published and/or presented papers on such topics as bilateral knee replacements, uncemented hip replacements, spine fusions, and amputations in diabetics. He teaches at specialty clinics for residents in orthopedics in both sports medicine and foot/ankle, and regularly has primary care residents attend at his office, and orthopedic residents scrub in on surgeries, especially total joints. He was recognized for teaching by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2002, and was selected Educator of the Year 2004 by the JPS orthopedic residency program. His Grand Rounds presentations lately have included amputations and prosthetics, and posterior tibial tendon failure and reconstruction. In 2009 the Resident and Fellows Section of the Texas Medical Association awarded him the Lamar McNew Award for teaching and mentoring.


Dr. Brotherton has served the Tarrant County Medical Society as president in 2003, as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2007, and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees in 2007. He is the President of the Texas Medical Association, having previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates. He resigned that position as of June 17, 2009 in order to accept an appointment to the nine-member AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. In the community he has been President of the Board of Casa Manana Musicals, has served on grants panels for the Art Council, Mayfest Advisory Board, Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Board, and has been an Elder at 1st Presbyterian Church. He ran a homeless clinic for 12 years, then began serving at a free clinic at Cornerstone Missions in spring, 2007. He has attended mission trips both within and outside the US borders, especially in Nicaragua. He frequently teaches adult Bible study classes.


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