Rick G. Nixon, M.D.

Dr. Rick Nixon is a native Houstonian who has practiced orthopedic surgery in northwest Houston since 1991. Board certified for over 20 years by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, he is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and member of the Texas Orthopedic Association. Dr. Nixon has served as Chief of Staff at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital and was voted Physician of the Year by the hospital staff in 1999. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Surgical Services and is the lead physician for the Orthopedic Accountability Care Organization at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital. He has served on the Board of Directors of MHMD, the physician IPA affiliated with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, and is on the Board of Directors at First Surgical Hospital in Bellaire. 


Dr. Nixon is fellowship trained in sports medicine and surgery of the knee and shoulder. He specializes in arthroscopic procedures designed to minimize pain and speed recovery. He is highly trained in minimally-invasive surgical techniques for knee and hip replacement surgery, and is the only surgeon in the Houston area who performs the patented Quad-sparing technique for total knee replacement.


Dr. Nixon has also dedicated his career to the treatment of athletic injuries, and he specializes in arthroscopic ACL reconstruction of the knee and arthroscopic shoulder rotator cuff repair. His expertise in treating shoulder problems in overhead throwing athletes has led him to design special protocols for rehabilitating injured athletes and conditioning programs to help prevent throwing injuries. He has served as team physician for several high schools in the Houston area and is the head baseball coach at Northland Christian High School in northwest Houston. He is married to his college sweetheart and is the father of two fine young men.


  • Undergraduate - The University of Texas at Austin (1976 - 1980)
  • Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine (1980 – 1983)
  • Post-graduate Fellowship – Baylor College of Medicine, Community Medicine (1984)
  • Transitional Internship – Baylor Affiliated Hospitals (1984 – 1985)
  • Orthopedic Residency - Scott & White Hospital, Temple, TX (1985 - 1990)
  • Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine, Sports Medicine & Surgery of the Knee & Shoulder (1991)

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