Theiss named chair of UAB Orthopaedics

Steven Theiss is named the first chair of the newly established Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UAB.
Written by: Brit Blalock
Media contact: Bob Shepard

TheissJoomlaSteven Theiss, M.D., has been named the first chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Theiss has served as the interim chair since the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery was elevated to become the 27th department in the School of Medicine in November 2017. He also served as director of the division from 2012-2017 and has held the John D. Sherrill Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery since September 2013.

Theiss is a nationally renowned spine surgeon. He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is also a member of the North American Spine Society, AOSpine and the American Orthopaedic Association, in which he has held numerous leadership positions. Theiss is regularly listed as one of the Best Doctors in America and has won several teaching awards, including the Kurt Niemann Faculty Teaching Award at UAB in 1996, 2003, 2005 and 2009. He has also directed numerous national and international educational programs.

“The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is now poised to expand our programs and our contribution to the mission of UAB,” Theiss said. “I’d like to thank School of Medicine Dean Selwyn Vickers and other senior leaders for their investment in our young department.”

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery consists of 28 full-time clinical faculty performing more than 8,000 orthopaedic surgical procedures each year at UAB Hospital, UAB Hospital Highlands and Children’s of Alabama.

“We are confident Dr. Theiss will steer this important part of our school with the knowledge, skill and drive that have characterized his 24 years of service to UAB,” said Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS, senior vice president for medicine and dean of the School of Medicine. “He is a fantastic physician and leader, and we’re fortunate to have him guiding the development of our newest department.”

Theiss earned his medical degree from Northwestern University. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at University of Pennsylvania Hospital, where he served as chief resident. He followed that with a fellowship in spine surgery at the Minnesota Spine Center before joining UAB’s School of Medicine as an assistant professor in 1995.