Bio of Chair and Program Director


David M. Lichtman

In 1998, following a distinguished career in Navy medicine and as professor of hand and upper extremity at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Rear Admiral David M. Lichtman, MC, USN (Ret) joined the staff at John Peter Smith Hospital as Chairman of Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of the Fort Worth Affiliated Hospitals Orthopedic Residency Program. In 2006 he was named Chairman of Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Dr. Lichtman was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He interned at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. His first tour of duty in the U. S. Navy was as a flight surgeon with carrier Air Wing 3 at N.A.S. Oceana and aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga. He then did his orthopedic residency at Naval Hospital Oakland and a fellowship in hand surgery with James N. Wilson, MD in San Diego.

After serving three years as head of the Hand Surgery Service at Naval Hospital Bethesda, Dr. Lichtman was appointed Chief of Orthopedics at Naval Hospital Oakland in 1977. While there, he established and directed the U. S. Navy/Sterling Bunnell Hand Surgery Fellowship. In 1984, Dr. Lichtman was reassigned to Naval Hospital Bethesda as Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of their residency program.

In January 1987, Dr. Lichtman was notified of his selection to the rank of Rear Admiral. In addition to his administrative duties as Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Oakland and subsequently, the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, RADM Lichtman has been equally dedicated to academic and clinical medicine. An internationally recognized expert in upper extremity surgery, Dr. Lichtman has written and lectured extensively on hand and wrist problems. In 1987, he published a widely distributed textbook entitled, "The Wrist and Its Disorders." The second edition, including CD ROM "multimedia" version, is currently in production.

Dr. Lichtman's military awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal , the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Medal (two awards), Humanitarian Service Medal, Expert Rifleman Medal and Expert Pistol Medal.

He is a past president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2006), past president of the Society of Military Consultants to the Armed Forces (2004) and a current delegate to the American Medical Association. He is a current member of the Orthopedic Residency Review Committee of the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and an oral examiner for the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.



Russell Wagner - Program Director 



Russell Wagner, MD

Russell Wagner, MD joined the faculty at the Fort Worth Affiliated Hospitals Orthopedic Residency Program in 1997 and became a full-time faculty member and Vice Chairman in 2003. Dr. Wagner was born in Stephenville, Texas and graduated from high school in El Paso, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and passed the Certified Public Accounting Examination in 1981. In 1987, Dr. Wagner graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and began residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He then completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction with Drs. William Head and Roger Emerson in Dallas, and opened his private practice in Fort Worth, Texas in 1993. Dr. Wagner was named physician of the year for Harris Methodist Hospital in 1999 and for John Peter Smith Hospital in 2008. He is the past president of the Tarrant County Orthopedic Society and a member of the Texas Orthopedic Society, Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Orthopedic Association and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. Wagner is an examiner for the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.


Joint Replacement

Board Certification:
Orthopedic Surgery

Professional History: 

  • Medical School: UT Southwestern
  • Internship: Wayne University-Michigan
  • Residency: Wayne University-Michigan
  • Fellowship: UT Southwestern

Interests/Special Procedures:
Joint Replacement