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David Ring, MD, PhD, FAOA, FAAOS

Appointments: 1-833-UT-CARES (1-833-882-2737)
Fax: 1-512-495-5680
Dell Med Directory Bio: David Ring, MD




The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, MD

University of Amsterdam, PhD


Residency, Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital

Fellowship, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital

Biography and Education

Clinical Biography

David Ring, MD, PhD, FAOA, FAAOS, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and the Upper Extremity Clinical Director of UT Health Austin’s Musculoskeletal Institute. He specializes in hand to shoulder surgery, of which common problems include pain, numbness, injury, infection, or a bump. Additionally, Dr. Ring is a professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care and a courtesy professor in both the Dell Medical School Department of Health Social Work and the Dell Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Comprehensive Care for the Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care.

Dr. Ring earned his medical degree from The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and his doctorate in psychosocial aspects of arm illness from the University of Amsterdam. He completed a residency in orthopedics at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Ring is nationally recognized and achieved the rank of Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He has more than 700 peer-reviewed original research publications and is a deputy editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.


  • Hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder problems

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgery of the Hand

Awards & Honors

  • AAOS Achievement Award
  • Compassionate Caregiver Award, The Schwartz Center
  • Partners Clinical Process Improvement Leadership Program
  • Partners in Excellence Award, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Partners Physician Leadership Award



  • UT Health Austin Clinics
    Health Transformation Building
    1601 Trinity Street, Bldg. A
    Austin, TX 78712
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Clinical Research/Studies

Clinical Research/Studies

Dr. Ring’s research addresses measures of symptom intensity and magnitude of capability; how mental and social health are associated with those measures; and words, concepts, and strategies for improving health comprehensively. His a renown trauma and posttraumatic reconstructive surgeon and continues to do research in those areas. He is also known for helping simplify approaches to the most common hand and arm symptoms and conditions. Additionally, Dr. Ring’s research focuses on better measures of the patient experience in order to help individual clinicians and their systems learn and improve.


Insurance Accepted

Insurance Accepted

  • AARP Medicare Complete Focus Essential HMO
  • AARP Medicare Complete Focus HMO
  • Accountable Health Plan/Interplan (SPHN)
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Aetna PPO/HMO (All HMO Plans require a referral)
  • Aetna Seton Health Alliance
  • Aetna Whole Health
  • Ambetter-Superior Health Plan - Exchange Plan
  • Amerigroup/Amerivantage Classic
  • Beech Street PPO (SPHN)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Advantage HMO/Health Select (All HMO Plans require a referral)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Choice PPO/UT Select
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Essentials/Blue Essentials Access - Exchange Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PAR Plan
  • Cigna - All plans
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Coventry (SPHN)
  • EHN/WEB TPA - (Whole Foods)
  • First Care Access PPO Network (SPHN)
  • First Health (SPHN)
  • Firstcare HMO (SPHN) (All HMO plans require a referral)
  • Galaxy (SPHN)
  • Health Payors Organization (SPHN)
  • Healthsmart (SPHN)
  • Humana HMOx
  • Humana Medicare Advantage - all plans EXCEPT Humana Medicare Gold Plus. (Primary Care Providers are Out of Network for Humana Gold Plus)
  • Humana PPO/HMO/Choice Care (All HMO Plans require a referral)
  • Integrated Medical Systems PPO (SPHN)
  • Medicaid/TMHP (Medicaid is not accepted in the Walk-In Clinic)
  • Medicare Part B Traditional fee for service (Novitas)
  • Multiplan (SPHN) (PHCS is out of network)
  • Optum
  • Oscar Healthcare (SPHN)
  • Seton Health Plan Smarthealth
  • Sendero IdealCare
  • Superior Health Plan STAR/CHIP/STAR KIDS
  • United Healthcare AARP PPO
  • United Healthcare All Savers/Choice/Choice Plus/PPO/HMO (All HMO Plans require a referral)
  • United Healthcare Community Plan - Medicaid
  • United Healthcare Dual Complete Focus HMO
  • United Healthcare Medicare
  • United Healthcare One
  • United Student Resources PPO (SPHN)
  • USA Managed Care (SPHN)
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