Shoulder, Knee & Hip Specialist | Texas Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Doctor
Houston • Sugar Land • Pearland

Orthopedic Care for Shoulder, Knee & Hip

Dr. Ronak Mukesh Patel is a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic sports medicine surgeon who specializes in the treatment of hip, knee, shoulder, and elbow injuries. He practices at Fondren Orthopedic Group in serving Houston, Sugar Land and Pearland, Texas. Dr. Patel is committed to guiding his patients to a complete recovery and a life without pain or restrictions through a full range of non-operative and operative treatment options, biologics, minimally invasive arthroscopy, and open surgery. His patient care philosophy is a team-based approach, where the doctor and patient work together to obtain excellent results and achieve the patient’s specific goals.

Education and Training

Dr. Patel completed orthopedic surgery residency at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he assisted in caring for the St. Louis Blues (NHL), Lindenwood University (NCAA), and Washington University in St. Louis (NCAA) athletes. He gained additional expertise while completing fellowship training in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the world-renowned Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City, annually recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 hospital for orthopedic surgery. During this time, he served as a team physician for the Brooklyn Nets (NBA) and Iona College (NCAA). His roots are in Texas as he attended college at Texas A&M University and earned his Doctor of Medicine from University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) where he was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

Clinical and Research Interests

Dr. Patel’s clinical and research interests are focused on returning athletes to sport as well as joint preservation. Specific areas and procedures include: hip arthroscopy, hip labral repair and reconstruction, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, articular cartilage repair and transplantation, meniscus repair & transplantation, Achilles tendon repair, arthroscopic shoulder stabilization/labrum and rotator cuff repair, shoulder replacements, and elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John) and repair.

Dr. Patel has numerous published peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and textbook chapters. He serves on the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Technology Committee. His research has been nationally recognized throughout his career.


  • 2022 – Joseph C. McCarthy Award in Hip Preservation Research – International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA)
  • 2022 – Texas Monthly’s Super Doctors: Rising Stars
  • 2020 – Washington University in St. Louis – Orthopedic Surgery Resident Research Award
  • 2015 – Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, UTMB
  • 2014 – Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) – Junior selection
  • 2014 – Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • 2014 – William Todd Midgett, MD Award for Superior Clinical Practice, UTMB
  • 2014 – Joseph B. Kass Award for Research, UTMB
  • 2014 – Colin Maclean Presidential Scholarship, UTMB