A second-generation El Paso physician, Luis Urrea II, M.D., knew early in life he wanted to be a doctor. “My father was a doctor, so I was exposed to the world of medicine early on,” he says. Following completion of his bachelor’s degree at Trinity University in San Antonio, Dr. Urrea went on to University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where he also completed his internship and residency focusing on surgery and orthopedic surgery.
Following his residency, he received a prestigious fellowship in knee and shoulder surgery and sports medicine at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado, one of the foremost sports medicine clinics in the United States. Dr. Urrea had the opportunity to study under two of the nation’s leading knee and shoulder surgeons there.
“It was a lot of hard work, but it was a great experience,” says Dr. Urrea. “During my time there, I had the opportunity to work and travel with the ski teams and the Denver Broncos.” Helping athletes manage injuries from prevention to recovery furthered his passion for the field. After returning to Texas, he continued his work with athletes from the University of Texas at El Paso.
“I enjoyed my time in Vail, but I wanted to come back home,” he says. Returning to El Paso in 1996, he joined the El Paso Orthopaedic Surgery Group, where he has continued his work ever since. He’s proud to be part of such a great surgical team and work at a hospital that puts patients first. Dr. Urrea specializes in arthroscopy, a minimally-invasive surgical procedure used to repair knee and shoulder injuries. Whether assisting with repairing an injury through surgery or providing advice on recovery through non-surgical treatment options, Dr. Urrea’s goal is to help each patient be free from pain and get back to an active lifestyle.