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David Ring, MD, PhD, FAOA, FAAOS




UCSD School of Medicine, M.D.

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


Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital

Care Information

Clinical Biography

David Ring, MD, PhD is a nationally-recognized orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand and microvascular surgery. As clinical director of the Upper Extremity at UT Health Austin, Dr. Ring specializes in shoulder to hand care. Along with his care team, he treats everything that happens in the arm from the shoulder to the fingertips including pain, numbness, injury, infection, or a lump.

As a physician, Dr. Ring’s care is shaped around open communication with his patients and actively helping them reach their goals. “Often this issue is keeping the patient from being themselves,” says Dr. Ring. “My passion lies in helping people return to doing the things that they enjoy doing.”

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Ring is a musician who plays the guitar, bass and drums. He enjoys taking in shows at the Continental Club and the Guero’s Garden Stage. He’s also an avid mountain biker and enjoys hitting the trails around Austin.


  • Hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder problems and injuries
  • Psychosocial aspects of illness

Board Certification

  • American Association of Orthopedic Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Compassionate Caregiver Award, The Schwartz Center (2013)
  • Partners Physician Leadership Award (2011)
  • AAOS Achievement Award (2010)
  • Partners Clinical Process Improvement Leadership Program (2010)
  • Partners in Excellence Award, Massachusetts General Hospital (2001, 2004, 2007)
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