Dr. Thomas O. Clanton is an internationally recognized Orthopadic surgeon who joined The Steadman Clinic in August 2009 as the Director for Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine. He specializes in Orthopadic 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 Orthopadic Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He was Chief of Orthopadic 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 Orthopadic Society in 1998-1999 and President of the American Orthopadic 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 Orthopadic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Orthopadic Association, the Texas Orthopadic Association, the American Orthopadic 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 Orthopadic 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 Orthopadic Surgery and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopadic Surgeons since 1986. Dr. Clanton began his Orthopadic 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. They are both avid sports fans and enjoy time together with their children and their families.


Education and Affiliations

Rice University
Houston, Texas
BA, Biology 1973
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
MD, 1976
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Affiliated Hospital,
San Antonio, Texas
Internship, 1976-1977
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
Orthopadic Surgery Residency 1977-1981
Samuel Merritt Hospital (Roger Mann, MD)
Oakland, CA
Foot and Ankle Fellowship 1981-1982
St. John’s Hospital (John Feagin, MD)
Jackson, Wyoming
Knee and sports medicine Fellowship 1982

Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Surgeon


Foot & AnkleSports Medicine



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