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Campus Address HGLD 209 Zip 4563
Phone  (20-5) -339
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Medical School  Vanderbilt University S.O.M.    1996  MD 
Graduate  Wright Patterson AFB    1997  MD 
Residency  Massachussetts General Hospital    2003  MD 
Fellowship  Massachusetts General Hospital    2003  MD 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Center  Comp Arthritis, MSK, Bone & Autoimmunity Ctr  Comp Arthritis, MSK, Bone & Autoimmunity Ctr Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Clinical & Translational Sci Professor
Primary  Orthopaedic Surgery  Orthopaedic Surgery Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Brent Ponce earned his M.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1996. His Orthopaedic Surgery residency, as well as, a Shoulder Fellowship was completed at Harvard Medical School. He then fulfilled an 18 month military commitment at the Air Force Academy Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dr. Ponce serves the Department of Surgery in both the School of Medicine and with his clinical practice. In addition, he is an active researcher and published in his area of specialty. He is the Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Medicine Special Topics course for medical students, faculty leader of the Orthopaedic Journal Club, member of the SOM Student Academic Standing Committee, and member of the Orthopaedic Residency Education Committee. Dr. Ponce’s Clinical practice is primarily dedicated to reconstruction of acute and chronic injuries and disorders about the shoulder girdle. He has served as Principal Investigator on numerous industry or Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery funded grants to date, analyzing specific aspects of shoulder/bone healing, particularly the use of differing stitches, screws or plates. Dr. Ponce has both published and lectured on his research findings. Description of services The UAB shoulder service provides world class operative and non-operative treatment for all disorders involving the shoulder. Dr. Ponce is facile in all aspects of shoulder care involving: shoulder instability/dislocations, rotator cuff disease (from bursitis to tears to rotator cuff arthropathy), glenohumeral arthritis, proximal humeral fractures, acromial clavicular (AC) joint injuries, sternoclavicular joint injuries, scapulothoracic bursitis/snapping scapula, suprascapular nerve entrapment.

Research/Clinical Interest
Biomechanics of the Shoulder; Topics Pertinent in Resident Education
From 2013: 1. Re-evaluation of pectoralis major height as an anatomic reference for humeral height in fracture hemiarthroplasty. Ponce BA, Thompson KJ, Rosenzweig SD, Tate JP, Sarver DB, Thorpe JB 2nd, Sheppard ED, Lopez RR.J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2013 Apr 22 2. Sternoclavicular joint surgery: how far does danger lurk below? Ponce BA, Kundukulam JA, Pflugner R, McGwin G, Meyer R, Carroll W, Minnich DJ, Larrison MC. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2013 Jan 15. 3. The effect of sliding knots on the suture-tendon interface strength: a biomechanical analysis comparing sliding and static arthroscopic knots. Savage AJ, Spruiell MD, Schwertz JM, McGwin G, Eberhardt A, Ponce BA. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Feb. Dr. Ponce recently completed the first clinical trial using new virtual interactive technology. Their presentation "Telesurgery: Use of Augmented Reality in Orthopaedic Education" received one of three best scientific exhibits at this year's national AAOS meeting. His abstract received an invitation for publication in the leading orthopaedic journal, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

Shoulder; Knee; Orthopaedic Surgery