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Dr. David R. Lionberger
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

David R. Lionberger, MD

Dr. Lionberger specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions and performs several orthopedic procedures including:

  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopy of the Knee & Shoulder
  • Computer-Assisted Surgery of the Knee
  • Robotic-Assisted Surgery of the Knee
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Shoulder Adult Reconstructive Surgery

About Dr. Lionberger

David R. Lionberger, MD is a noted specialist in arthritis and joint replacement surgery who maintains an active practice in orthopedic surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has distinguished himself both for arthritis research and for the design and testing of innovative orthopedic implants. David R. Lionberger, MD is a lecturer and surgical instructor at symposiums throughout Europe, Asia and South America.

Dr. Lionberger is currently the Principal Investigator on several orthopedic disease related clinical research trials which are funded through the Foundation for Southwest Orthopedic Research. For more information on the Foundation for Southwest Orthopedic Research, please visit


  • Clinical Associate Professor: Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Texas A&M Union
  • Active Staff: The Methodist Hospital, Houston
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS): Quad Sparing Facilitator/Instructor
  • Robotic Navigation Development


David R. Lionberger, MD earned both his BA and his MD from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He completed a general surgery internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He completed fellowship training in arthritis and joint replacement surgery, with additional research in implant biomechanics and design, at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Board Certification


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons
  • Harris County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Western Orthopedic Association
  • Southern Medical Association
  • Association of Arthritis, Hip and Knee Surgeons

Affiliations (Past & Present)

  • Consultant for NASA in space station Medical Contingency Planning
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Legal Advisory Committee
  • Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Educational Committee
  • Alliance For Orthopedic Solutions

Recent Publications

Recent publications in peer reviewed academic journals of research funded by the Foundation for Southwest Orthopedic Research include the following:

  • FACTORS AFFECTING ASEPTIC LOOSENING IN PRIMARY TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENTS: AN IN VITRO STUDY. Lionberger D, Wattenbarger L, Christopher C, Timothy W. Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics. 2020 June.
  • Minimizing Electromagnetic Interference from Surgical Instruments on Electromagnetic Surgical Navigation. Stevens F, Conditt MA, Kulkarni N, Ismaily SK, Noble PC, Lionbeger DR. Clinical Orthopeadics and Related Research. 2010 Aug; 468(8): 2244-50.
  • A Comparison of Wound Closure Techniques for Total Knee Arthroplasty. Eggers MD, Fang L, Lionberger DR. Journal of Arthroplasty. 2011 Apr 28. [Epub ahead of print]
  • How does electromagnetic navigation stack up against infrared navigation in minimally invasive total knee arthroplasties? Lionberger DR, Weise J, Ho DM, Haddad JL. Journal of Arthroplasty. 2008 Jun; 23(4):573-80. Epub 2008 Feb 13
  • Celecoxib does not affect osteointegration of cementless total hip stems. Lionberger DR, Noble PC. J Arthroplasty. 2005 Oct;20(7 Suppl 3):115-22.
    • Early Patient Outcomes After Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty with Quadriceps-Sparing Subvastus and Medial Parapatellar Techniques, Tomek, , et al, The Journal of Bone Joint Surgery,Incorporated. Am 2014;96:907-15
    • Navigated Versus Conventional Total Knee Arthroplasty, Moskal, et al, The Journal of Knee Surgery. 2014;27:235-248.
    • Conventional Versus Computer-Assisted Technique for Total Knee Arthroplasty; A minimum of 5-Year Follow-up of 200 Patients in a Prospective Randomized Comparative Trial, J. Cip et al./ The Journal of Arthroplasty 29 (2014) 1795-1802.
    • Perioperative Differences in Conventional and Computer-Assisted Surgery in Bilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty, Merz, et al, The American Journal of Orthopedics. 2014;43(6):256-261.
    • Patient Specific Instrumentation, Lionberger et al, The Journal of Arthroplasty 29 (2014) 1699-1704.


  • Patient Specific Instrumentation DRL, Crocker, Chen V, JOA 29 (2014, 1699-1704

Hospital Affiliation