Thomas O. Clanton,
Director, Foot and Ankle Clinical Fellowship
Medical Consultant for the Houston Rockets (NBA)
Dr. Thomas O. Clanton is an internationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon who joined The Steadman Clinic in August 2009 as the Director for Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine. He specializes in orthopaedic injuries to the lower extremities and the foot and ankle. He has treated numerous professional and collegiate athletes including Yao Ming, Eddie George and Liu Xiang.
During his career, Dr. Clanton has served sports teams as lead physician for the Houston Rockets (NBA), team orthopaedist for the Houston Texans (NFL) and team physician for Rice University. He served as Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He was Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. In 1993-1994, he was President of the Texas Society for Sports Medicine. He was President of the Houston Orthopaedic Society in 1998-1999 and President of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society in 1999-2000. He was also the Co-Medical Director of The Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann.
His professional memberships include the American Medical Association, the Christian Medical and Dental Society, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Orthopaedic Association, the Texas Orthopaedic Association, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, and the Texas Society for Sports Medicine.
Dr. Clanton received his M.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1976. Following this, Dr. Clanton entered a five year orthopaedic residency program at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After completing this in 1981, he did additional foot and ankle training with Roger A. Mann, M.D., in Oakland, California. Further training in knee and sports medicine followed in Jackson, Wyoming, under the tutelage of John Feagin, M.D., Ken Lambert, M.D., and Bill Mott, M.D. In 1984, he was certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons since 1986. Dr. Clanton began his orthopaedic practice in Houston in 1982, and had many very productive years there before moving his practice to Vail.
Dr. Clanton and his wife Kay live in Edwards, Colorado, near their two daughters and their families in Eagle County. He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, running, skiing, golfing and fly fishing.