Michael Sander, M.D., joins UTRGV SOM faculty; practice joins UT Health RGV

  Wednesday, January 30, 2019
  Community, Announcements

By Jennifer Berghom

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – UT Health Rio Grande Valley is expanding its clinical services to offer orthopedic and sports medicine care.

Michael Sander, M.D., a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who is board certified in orthopedic sports medicine, has joined the faculty at the UTRGV School of Medicine as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery and the division chief of Orthopedic Surgery.

‘‘We are delighted to have Dr. Sander and his care team join UT Health Rio Grande Valley,
Dr. John H. Krouse’’

In addition, Dr. Sander’s practice is now operating as UT Health RGV Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and is seeing patients at its Weslaco and Harlingen locations. UT Health RGV Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is located at 1315 E. Sixth St. #10 in Weslaco and 1214 Hale Drive in Harlingen.

“As a Rio Grande Valley native, I am excited and honored to join the UT Health RGV team," Sander said. “As the medical school grows and expands, the patients in our home will benefit by increased access to primary and specialty care. Ultimately, training our own doctors in the Rio Grande Valley will completely change healthcare in the region.”

With Dr. Sander and his team, which includes Evy Gonzales, NP, and Sharon Gelman, PA, joining UT Health RGV, this is the patient care enterprise’s first orthopedics practice.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Sander and his care team join UT Health Rio Grande Valley,” said Dr. John H. Krouse, dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine and executive vice president of Health Affairs at UTRGV. “Dr. Sander brings years of experience and is highly respected in his field. We look forward to continuing to offer excellent healthcare services to the Valley though Dr. Sander and his team.”

UT Health RGV Orthopedics and Sports Medicine offers:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction.
  • Platelet rich plasma injections.
  • Direct Anterior hip replacement.
  • Rotator cuff repair – arthroscopic.
  • Fracture treatment.
  • Sports medicine.
  • Knee replacement.
  • Total shoulder replacement.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (956) 447-9797 or 1-833-887-4863 (UTRGVMD).


UTRGV School of Medicine Chief of Staff / 956-296-1953


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.