Dr. Stephen Cord has been a mainstay in Lubbock sports orthopaedic surgery for more than 24 years serving as team physician for many high schools and colleges on the High Plains since 1989. With more than 31 years of experience in sports medicine orthopaedic surgery, he is focused on the most current and latest proven nonoperative and minimally invasive operative techniques for surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle. He began performing arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder in 1981 when arthroscopic surgery was in its infancy. He was the first and only orthopaedic surgeon in Northwest Texas to perform meniscus transplants of the knee. Also, he was one of the first to perform routine arthroscopic repair of the knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow and wrist in Northwest Texas.
After completing his orthopaedic surgery residency at Scott & White Clinic and Texas A&M University in Temple, Dr. Cord served four years in the United States Air Force as chief of orthopaedic surgery at Sheppard Air Force Base Regional Hospital, Wichita Falls. During that time Major Cord also served as consultant to the surgeon general of the Air Force Training Command and developed plans for the formation of 100-bed mobile surgical referral hospital and obtained additional training in orthopaedic combat surgery.
Dr. Cord completed his first sports medicine fellowship in 1981 with Drs. Pat Evans and Howard Moore, team physicians for the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, the professional Dallas hockey and soccer teams and the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA).
After service in the Air Force, Dr. Cord was the 1986 sports medicine fellow at the Slocum Center for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Eugene, Ore., with physicians that were founding members of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Dr. Cord was born in West Texas and played varsity tennis at Coronado High School in
Lubbock, when it opened in 1964. Then he received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering with honors from Southern Methodist University in 1973 and at the same time was honored as one of two distinguished graduates of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, ROTC, at Southern Methodist University. His medical training was obtained at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, in 1977. Dr. Cord then returned to Lubbock in 1989 to form Lubbock Bone and Joint Clinic with Ted Sisco, M.D. Later, after a merger with Robert King, M.D., the name was changed to Lubbock Sports Medicine to reflect the emphasis of the orthopaedic speciality group in sports medicine. Dr. Cord wrote the chapter on artificial anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in the definitive book on the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments - "The Crucial Ligaments," as well as other medical publications. He was board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1983 with subspeciality certification in Sports Medicine in 2007, the first year it was established. Dr. Cord is an active member of the prestigious International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), and the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He has been assistant clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center since 2004.