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Carl Palumbo M.D.Orthopedic Surgeon

Carl Palumbo, M.D. is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in sports medicine and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Dr. Palumbo is one of the only physicians in Houston who is Board Certified in both Hand/Upper Extremity surgery and sports medicine. This unique combination of sub-specialties has allowed Dr. Palumbo to excel in the diagnosis and treatment of upper extremity injuries/conditions in both the regular population as well as in the athlete.

A native of California and the son of an Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Palumbo’s interest in Orthopedics started at an early age. He attended UCLA where he received his B.S. in Molecular Biology, graduating with honors. He completed medical school in New Orleans at Tulane University, where he graduated within the top 10 in his class. He was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society in which he remains very active. Dr. Palumbo completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at UC Davis Medical Center in California, followed by a one year fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at the internationally recognized, Indiana Hand and Shoulder Center.

Dr. Palumbo is a member of various professional societies:

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Medical Association
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Harris County Medical Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Dr. Palumbo has participated in numerous presentations to surgical societies, medical conferences, athletic training/coaching seminars, and more. He has published articles in peer review journals and has authored several book chapters in his specialty.

Dr. Palumbo’s passion and dedication to medicine are also reflected in his own pursuit of physical fitness. As a sub- 3 hour marathoner and a competitive triathlete, he has participated in many events across the United States including the Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon, Houston Marathon, Vineman 70.3 Ironman Triathlon and Texas Ironman Triathlon, to name a few.

As the father to three active boys, Dr. Palumbo is heavily involved in youth sports. He has coached many sports including baseball, soccer, football and basketball. He continues to volunteer his time by coaching, lecturing and consulting with various youth sports organizations in the Greater Houston area.

Dr. Palumbo truly understands your desire to get well, and he will work diligently to return you to your activities as quickly and safely as possible. Whether you are a secretary suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, a weekend warrior with shoulder pain, or an elite baseball pitcher that requires Tommy John surgery, Dr. Palumbo will take the time and devise a personal plan that is unique to your individual needs and goals.