Whether working with his patients at El Paso Specialty Hospital or advising athletes at the University of Texas at El Paso, orthopaedic surgeon David Mansfield, M.D., is known for always involving the patient in their care. “We want to do what is best for you and your lifestyle,” he says.
Dr. Mansfield has spent more than 17 years in medicine, but his journey to becoming a doctor began much earlier. His father was a physician, so he had an early glimpse into the field and a passion for science. In college, he debated between going into scientific research or becoming a doctor. During a summer spent conducting research, he quickly realized that it did not involve enough interaction with people, so he began looking into medical school. After graduating from Rice University in Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, he went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also completed his residency.
What surprised Dr. Mansfield was the pathway he ended up choosing in medicine. “I thought I didn’t want to be an orthopaedic surgeon, and then I did a rotation in orthopaedics and thought it was the best thing.”
And clearly, it was. Following his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Baylor, he went on to complete several fellowships, honing his orthopaedic skills and developing a specialty in sports medicine. His experience and expertise gained recognition, and in 2013 he was selected as chair of the Board of Counselors for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. “Being identified as a leader among all these other talented leaders — it was one of the most meaningful moments of my career,” he says.
Originally from El Paso, Dr. Mansfield was thrilled to be returning home when he joined El Paso Specialty Hospital and the El Paso Specialty Physicians Group in 2002. The hospital’s proximity to the University of Texas El Paso also allowed him to utilize his expertise working with college athletes.
“I think the best thing I ever did was come home and take care of my community and the people that I know,” he says. “It’s an honor. People trust you to take care of them, and you see them around in the community.”
Outside of work, Dr. Mansfield enjoys spending time outdoors playing golf and hunting, and looks for every opportunity to spend time with his family and five children.