Vinod Kumar Panchbhavi, MD, FACS

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University BLVD
Galveston, Texas 77555-0165, USA




• School: Vivek Vardhini High School, Hyderabad, India VV Joshi Gold Medal (1977) – best outgoing student
• College: Little Flower Junior College-(1977-1979)


• MB, BS Osmania University, Hyderabad, India Dec (1986)
• MS (Ortho) Osmania University, Hyderabad, India Apr (1989)
• FRCS Ed Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK Jun (1992)
• FRCS Eng Royal College of Surgeons, England, UK Jan (1993)
• ECFMG US Medical Licensure Examination (I – III) Dec (1993-1994)
• FACS American College of Surgeons Oct (2008)
• ABOS American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery July ( 2011)

Research Interest

His research interest includes: Orthopedics.

Scientific Activities


• VV Joshi Gold Medal, Best Outgoing Student, (1977)
• Distinction in Opthalmology, (1986)
• Best Scientific Paper Texas Orthopaedic Association 2007 Annual Meeting, Austin, TX May 12, (2007)
• Second Best Scientific Paper Texas Orthopaedic Association 2007 Annual Meeting, Austin, TX May 12, (2007)
• Best Doctors in America (2013)
• Best Patient Care Poster (MSSRP June 2013)Kurt J. Lucas, MS1, Biomechanical Comparison of First Metatarsophalangeal Joint Arthrodeses Using Triple-Threaded Headless Screws Versus Partially Threaded Lag Screws. Mentor: Vinod K. Panchbhavi, MD, FACS. Awarded: Best Patient Care Poster
• Gold Medal Award – Ram Janam Sulakshana Pandey Oration – 26th IFASCON (Indian Foot & Ankle Society Conference), Gurgoan, India, Aug 30th – Sep 1st, (2013)
• Texas Super Doctors – 2013, 2014 – Texas Monthly
• Best Overall Clinical Science Poster: (MSSRP June 2014) Minimally Invasive Method of Harvesting the Flexor Hallucis Longus Tendon: A Cadaver Study: Wagenen KV, BS, Panchbhavi VK, MD, FACS, Morris RP, BS Mentor: Vinod K. Panchbhavi, MD, FACS
• Tilman J. and Paige Fertitta Professorship in Orthopedics Feb 13, (2015)
• Inducted as Inaugural Member of the Academy of Master Clinicians, UTMB Feb 20, (2015)


1. Panchbhavi VK. Simple aid in Removal of Diastasis Screw. Ann R Coll Surg Eng. 1998; 80: 358.
2. Trevino SG, Panchbhavi VK: Technique of Endoscopic Gastrocnemius Recession – a cadaver study. Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2002; 8: 45-47. doi: 10.1046/j.1460-9584.2002.00296.x
3. Anand R, Brennan PA, Panchbhavi V, Ilankovan V. Stabilizing the Leg to Harvest a Fibular Flap: a New Device. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 2002; 40(5): 438-439. doi: 10.1016/S0266-4356(02)00119-5
4. Panchbhavi VK, Trevino SG. Use of Titanium Cages with Cancellous Bone Graft in Hind Foot Fusion: literature review and case reports with complications. Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2003; 9(1): 51-55.doi: 10.1016/S1268-7731(03)00009-2
5. Panchbhavi VK, Trevino SG. Peroneal Tendoscopy and report on Anomalies Diagnosed. Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2003; 9(2): 131-135: doi: 10.1016/S1268-7731(03)00024-9
6. Panchbhavi VK, Trevino SG. The Technique of Peroneal Tendoscopy and its role in Management of Peroneal Tendon Anomalies. Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2003; 2(3) 192-198:
7. Panchbhavi VK. Knee-stabilizing Device for Lower Limb Orthopedic Procedures. Ann R Coll Surg Eng. 2004; 86: 54-55.
8. Syed MA, Panchbhavi VK: Fixation of Tibial Pilon Fractures with Percutaneous Cannulated Screws. INJURY. 2004; 35(3): 284-289.
9. Panchbhavi VK, Trevino SG. Evaluation of Hallux Valgus Surgery using Computer-assisted Radiographic Measurements and two Direct Forefoot Parameters. Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2004; 10(2): 59-63: doi: 10.1016/j.fas.2004.02.001
10. Panchbhavi VK, Trevino SG. Endoscopic Gastrocnemius Recession. Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2004; 3(3): 149-152.
11. Panchbhavi VK, Trevino SG: Comparison between Manual and Computer Assisted Measurements of Hallux Valgus Parameters. Foot Ankle Int. 2004; 25(10): 708-711.
12. Panchbhavi VK. Technique of Internal Fixation in Osteoporotic Ankle Fracture. Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2004; 3(4): 231-234:
13. Trevino SG, Gibbs MB, Panchbhavi VK. Evaluation of results of Endoscopic Gastrocnemius Recession. Foot Ankle Int. 2005; 26(5): 359-364.
14. Panchbhavi VK, Singh D, Trevino SG. Distraction Technique for Restoring Length of Fibula in Ankle Fractures. Foot Ankle Int. 2005; 26(6): 501-502.
15. Panchbhavi VK, Mody MG, Mason WT. Combination of Hook Plate and Tibia Pro-Fibular Screw Fixation of Osteoporotic Ankle Fractures: A clinical evaluation of Operative Strategy. Foot Ankle Int. . 2005; 26(7): 510-515.
16. Panchbhavi VK, Trevino SG. First Web Space Soft Tissue Release: A new sequential approach. Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2005; 4(3): 184 –189: doi: 10.1097/01.btf.0000173701.15843.b3
17. Panchbhavi VK: Minimally Invasive Stabilization of Pilon Fractures. Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2005; 4(4): 240-248.
18. Panchbhavi VK, Rowell M, Trevino SG: Bivalving a Below Knee Cast with a Stable Notch. Foot Ankle Int. . 2006; 27(1): 64-65.
19. Panchbhavi VK, Hecox SE: All That Is Gas Is Not Gas Gangrene: Mechanical spread of Gas in the Soft Tissues. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. (Am) 2006; 88(6): 1345-1348.
20. Trevino SG, Panchbhavi VK, Castro-Aragon O, Rowell MS, Jo J. The Kick-Off Position: A New Sign for Early Diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in the Leg. Foot Ankle Int. 2007; 28(1): 92-95.
21. Panchbhavi VK. Buttress K wire fixation for chevron osteotomy. Foot Ankle Int. 2007; 28(1): 133-134.
22. Panchbhavi VK, Trevino SG. Minimally invasive technique for harvesting long flexor tendons in the foot. Foot Ankle Int. 2007; 28(2): 269-271.
23. Panchbhavi VK, Trevino SG: A New Clinical Sign Associated with Metatarsophalangeal Joint Synovitis of the Lesser Toes. Foot Ankle Int. 2007; 28(5): 640-641.
24. Panchbhavi VK: Chronic Achilles Tendon repair with Flexor Hallucis Longus Tendon harvested using a Minimally Invasive Technique. Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2007; 6(2): 123-129.
25. Panchbhavi VK: Calcaneus Fractures: Reduction of the Medial Wall. Foot Ankle Int. 2007; 28(7): 849-850.
26. Panchbhavi VK: Augmentation of Internal Fixation of Osteoporotic Ankle Fracture Using Injectable Bone Substitute. Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2007; 6(4): 264-269. doi: 10.1097/btf.0b013e31815b222d
27. Panchbhavi VK, Yang J, Vallurapalli S. Minimally Invasive Method of Harvesting Flexor Digitorum Longus Tendon: A Cadaver Study. Foot Ankle Int. .2008; 29(1): 42-8. doi: 10.3113/FAI.2008.0042.
28. Panchbhavi VK, Yang J, Vallurapalli S: Surgical Anatomy for a New Minimally Invasive Approach to Harvest the Flexor Digitorum Longus Tendon: A Cadaver Study. Foot and Ankle Surgery. . 2008; 14(1): 16-20. doi: 10.1016/j.fas.2007.08.003
29. Panchbhavi VK: Extra Articular Stabilization of Lisfranc Injury. Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2008; 7(2): 100-106. doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e3182743fab
30. Panchbhavi VK, Vallurupalli S, Morris R, Patterson R. The Use of Calcium Sulfate and Calcium Phosphate Composite Graft to Augment Screw Purchase in Osteoporotic Ankles. Foot Ankle Int. 2008; 29(6): 593-600. doi: 10.3113/FAI.2008.0593
31. Panchbhavi VK, Leontaritis NM: A Case Report of Atypical Magnetic Resonance Images of the Hindfoot following Cocaine Injection in the Foot and a Review of Osteonecrosis in Calcaneus. Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2008; 29(6): 593-600. doi:
32. Panchbhavi VK, Andersen C R, Vallurupalli S, Yang J. A Minimally Disruptive Model and Three – Dimensional Evaluation of Lisfranc Joint Diastasis. J Bone Joint Surg. 2008; 90(12): 2707-2713 doi: 10.2106/JBJS.G.01420
33. Panchbhavi VK: Current Operative Techniques in Lisfranc Injuries. In: : Freddie Fu, ed. Operative Techniques in Orthopedics. Elsevier 18(4): 239-246; 2008.
34. Castro-Aragon O, Vallurupalli S, Warner M, Panchbhavi VK, Trevino SG. Ethnic Radiographic Foot Differences. Foot Ankle Int. 2009; 30(1): 57-61. doi: 10.3113/FAI.2009.0057.
35. Leontaritis NM, Hinojosa L, Panchbhavi VK: Arthroscopically Detected Intra-articular Lesions Associated with Acute Ankle Fractures. J Bone Joint Surg. 2009; 91(2): 333-339 doi: 10.2106/JBJS.H.00584.
36. Trevino SG, Buford WL, Vallurupalli S, Rowell M, Panchbhavi VK: Use of a Patient-Controlled Stretching Device to Improve the Ankle Range of Motion. Foot Ankle Int. 2009; 30(2): 110-114 .doi: 10.3113/FAI.2009.0110
37. Panchbhavi VK, Vallurupalli S, Yang J, Andersen CR: Screw Fixation Compared with Suture-Button Fixation of Isolated Lisfranc Ligament Injuries. J Bone Joint Surg. . 2009; 91(5): 1143-1148. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.H.00162.
38. Panchbhavi VK, Vallurupalli S, Morris R: Comparison of Augmentation Methods for Internal fixation of Osteoporotic Ankle Fractures. Foot Ankle Int. 2009; 30(7): 696-703 doi: 10.3113/FAI.2009.0696.
39. Panchbhavi VK: A Simple Method of Footwear Attachment for Circular Frames. Foot Ankle Int. 2009; 30(7): 711-2 doi: 10.3113/FAI.2009.0711
40. Panchbhavi VK: The Foot-Cradle Technique to Offload the Foot in a Circular Frame. Foot Ankle Int. 2009; 30(8): 788-790. doi: : 10.3113/FAI.2009.0788.
41. Panchbhavi VK: Subtalar Bone Block Distraction Arthrodesis. Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2001; 83(6): 849-854.
42. Panchbhavi VK, Aronow M, DiGiovanni B, et al. Foot and Ankle Experience in Orthopedic Residency – An Update. Foot Ankle Int. 2010; 31(1): 10-13. doi: 10.3113/FAI.2010.0010
43. Panchbhavi VK, Villareal AD: Treatment of Acute Lisfranc Fracture and Dislocation in Patients with Neuropathy – (Invited article) Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2010; 9(3): 115-122; doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e3181eec81c
44. Panchbhavi VK: Synthetic Bone Grafting in Foot and Ankle Surgery – (Invited article) Foot and Ankle Clinics. 2010; 15 (4): 559-576. doi: 10.1016/j.fcl.2010.07.004
45. Panchbhavi VK, Rapley J, Trevino SG: First Web Space Soft Tissue Release in Bunion Surgery: Functional Outcomes of a New Technique. Foot Ankle Int. 2011; 32(3): 257-261. doi: 10.3113/FAI.2011.0257
46. Stuart K, Panchbhavi VK: The Fate of Syndesmotic Screws. Foot Ankle Int. 2011; 32(5): S519-S525. doi: 10.3113/FAI.2011.0519.
47. Panchbhavi VK: Minimally Invasive Allograft Lateral Ankle Ligament Reconstruction– (Invited article) Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2011; 10(3): 117-121. doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e318229be71
48. Villareal AD, Andersen CR, Panchbhavi VK: A Survey on Management of Chronic Achilles Tendon Ruptures. American Journal of Orthopedics. 2012; 41(3): 126-131.
49. Panchbhavi VK, Mays M, Trevino SG: Accuracy of Intraoperative Fluoroscopy with and without Laser Guidance in Foot and Ankle Surgery. Foot Ankle Int. 2012; 33(5): 415-419.doi: 10.3113/FAI.2012.0415.
50. Panchbhavi VK: Orientation of the Lisfranc Screw. Journal of Orthopedic Trauma. 2012; 26(11): e221-e224. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e31824605dc.
51. Panchbhavi VK, Molina D 4th, Villarreal J, Curry MC, Andersen CR. Three-dimensional, digital, and gross anatomy of the Lisfranc ligament. Foot Ankle Int. 2013; 34(6): 876-880. doi: 10.1177/1071100713477635
52. Capelle JH, Cory CG, Wells KM, et al. Fixation Strength of Anteriorly Inserted Headless Screws for Talar Neck Fractures Foot Ankle Int. 2013; 34(7): 1012-1016. doi: 10.1177/1071100713479586
53. Luo M, Li C, Molina D IV, Andersen C, Panchbhavi VK: The Accuracy of Citation and Quotation in Foot and Ankle Surgery Journals Foot Ankle Int. </i 2013; 34(7): 949-955 doi: > 10.1177/1071100713475354
54. Panchbhavi VK, Boutris N, Patel K, Molina D, Andersen CR. CT Density Analysis of the Medial Cuneiform. Foot Ankle Int. 2013; 34(11): 1596-1599. doi: 10.1177/1071100713499904
55. Gallagher SM, Rodriguez NA, Andersen CR, Granberry WM, Panchbhavi VK. Anatomic predisposition to ligamentous Lisfranc injury: a matched case-control study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013; 95(22): 2043-2047. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.K.01142
56. Panchbhavi VK. Percutaneous Techniques for Tendon Transfers in the Foot and Ankle. Foot Ankle Clin N Am. 2014; 19: e113–e122 doi: 10.1016/j.fcl.2013.10.008
57. Kanz BN, Morris RP, Lewis T, Panchbhavi VK. Biomechanical evaluation of a knotless barbed suture repair in a human Achilles tendon rupture model. Foot Ankle Spec. 2014; 7(3): 176-181. doi: 10.1177/1938640014528041
58. Lucas KJ, Morris RP, Buford WL. Jr, Panchbhavi VK. Biomechanical comparison of first metatarsophalangeal joint arthrodesis using triple-threaded headless screws versus partially threaded lag screws. Foot and Ankle Surgery. 2014; 20(2):144-148doi: 10.1016/j.fas.2014.02.009