Dr. Thomas Falls,MD,MS
A native of the Chicago area, Dr. Thomas Falls is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in limb lengthening and complex reconstruction. Thomas has had his work published in Orthopedics Today, Current Orthopaedic practice, the Journal of Arthroplasty, as well as a number of additional reputable and recognized publications.
At Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Thomas Falls earned both his B.S. in Engineering (2006) and his M.S. in Engineering (2007). Afterward, he moved on to the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he earned his MD (2011). During his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency (2016) at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Dr. Falls served as the Administrative Chief Resident and an Education committee member. This is where he became interested in deformity correction and complex reconstruction. He then completed a Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Fellowship (2017) at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Today, Dr. Thomas Falls specializes in complex reconstruction, including deformity correction, limb lengthening, treatment of bone infections, fracture care and joint replacement. As mentioned above, his interest in deformity correction arose during his residency at the University of Louisville. He realized that the most interesting and complex cases were also the ones that most surgeons did not want to take on, often because they are not as profitable as doing a joint replacement or a knee arthroscopy and the procedures can be very time-consuming.
Dr. Thomas Falls is fellowship trained in the limb lengthening and deformity correction/complex reconstruction. There are only two such fellowships for this in the United States, making the skills he learned at the Hospital for Special Surgery especially unique. He is also trained to use specialized equipment related to limb lengthening and deformity correction. For example, he is trained in special techniques, such as the Ilizarov method. Tom is also certified and experienced with robotic-assisted joint replacement.
Patient care is a major focus for Dr. Falls. He takes pride in helping patients that have been told there is no hope. He has done successful limb salvage in patients that were told amputation was the only option. Dr. Thomas Falls also loves performing joint replacements because the procedure often leads to a remarkable improvement in the quality of life for his patients. Many just want to be active with their grandchildren and families, but they are limited by pain and mobility. Fracture care is also very rewarding, as Thomas meets those patients when they are having a very bad day. He gets to guide them through the process of recovery, helping them adjust back to their normal lives.
In his personal life, Dr. Thomas Falls can be found traveling with his face behind a camera lens. Recently, he has traveled to Tanzania and Uganda to photograph the safari wildlife, and he’s also been to France and Iceland to shoot the Northern Lights. Tom is engaged to a Physician’s Assistant who specializes in neuroscience, and she often accompanies him on his travels.