Patrick M. Palmer, M.D.
Dr. Palmer is a native of San Antonio. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969 with special honors and was commissioned as an Air Force officer through ROTC. Dr. Palmer graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio in 1973. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California Medical School at San Francisco in 1978.
After his orthopaedic residency, Dr. Palmer was assigned to the USAFE Hospital in Torrejon, Spain, for three years. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at the Alfred I. DuPont Institute in Wilmington, Delaware, and was appointed to the orthopaedic faculty of the University of Missouri at Kansas City from 1982-1985. Dr. Palmer returned to San Antonio in 1985 to the private practice of orthopaedic surgery and, after 27 years of private practice, joined the full-time orthopaedic faculty at UTHSCSA in July 2011. As a faculty member, Dr. Palmer is involved in medical student and resident physician education and mentoring. He is able to see private patients through UT Medicine and serves as a consultant for the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital.
Dr. Palmer has been a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery since 1982. Active professional organizations include fellowship in the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Texas Orthopaedic Association, Western Orthopaedic Associate, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Texas Medical Association, and Bexar County Medical Society. He has served in leadership positions for the Bexar County Medical Society, American Academy of Surgeons, and Texas Orthopaedic Association. Currently, he serves on the Board of Councilors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is president-elect of the Texas Orthopaedic Association. His professional interests include general orthopaedic surgery, joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and pediatric orthopaedic surgery. He is also interested in orthopaedic socio-economic issues and has presented nationally and written articles on this topic.
In 2008, Dr. Palmer retired as a colonel from the US Air Force Reserves. He was awarded the Individual Mobilization Augmentee for the Air Force in 1989 and served in the Dessert Storm campaign in 199. He has been on the board of directors for Boysville and Warm Springs Foundation and has served on the board of trustees of St. Luke’s Episcopal School. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. Dr. Palmer is married and has three adult children.