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
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.