Hip and Knee Surgeon Simon C. Mears, M.D., Ph.D., Joins UAMS Orthopaedics Department

By Kelly Gardner

Mears is also a professor in the Department of Orthopaedics in the UAMS College of Medicine. He is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with special interests in total hip and knee replacement, hip fracture care and geriatric orthopaedics. Mears has won the prestigious Jahnigen Award in geriatric medicine.

He comes to UAMS from the Total Joint Center at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, Texas, where he served as clinical professor in the Department of Surgery at the Health Sciences Center in the Texas A&M University’s College of Medicine. Previously, he practiced at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for 10 years as an assistant and associate professor. He served as chairman of orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Mears was also founder and co-director of the Hip Fracture Service at the Bayview Medical Center from 1998-2013, and medical director of the Wenz Orthopaedic Unit from 2005-2013.

Mears earned his medical degree and Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a fellowship in orthopaedic traumatology at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the Mayo Clinic.

“Dr. Mears’ distinguished medical career speaks for itself, which is why we are delighted for him to join UAMS,” said C. Lowry Barnes, chair of the UAMS Department of Orthopaedics. “His breadth of knowledge and experience will be an advantage for our entire department.”

Mears has authored or co-authored over a hundred peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, editorials and case reports. He has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on multiple research projects some of which were sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and has presented at national and international workshops, seminars and lectures on orthopaedic surgery.

His research interests include the clinical outcomes of geriatric patients and the biomechanics of fixation in osteoporotic bone. Mears is vice president of the International Geriatric Fracture Society and deputy editor of the Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation journal.

“UAMS understands the importance of educating future health care professionals, while being deeply invested in providing the best patient care in Arkansas, which made my decision to join the orthopaedics staff an easy one,” Mears said. “I am eager to work with the talented surgeons, residents and medical students in an environment that fosters growth and learning.”