About: Founder

FOUNDER

W. ANDREW HODGE, MD, FACS

As an accomplished orthopedic surgeon, I specialize in knee and hip surgery and bio-engineering research. I focus on advancing musculoskeletal care through innovation and patient-centered practices. While holding several U.S. patents for orthopedic implants and instruments, I have also contributed extensively to medical literature, publishing more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

My dedication to excellence has been recognized on global platforms such as CNN News, the Discovery Channel, and Science Magazine, culminating in the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor for my international surgical contributions, a distinction shared by esteemed figures including six U.S. Presidents and multiple Nobel Prize laureates.

During my tenure in Boston’s academic landscape, I held appointments at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Massachusetts General Hospital, I spearheaded the design and direction of the BioMotion Research Laboratory, which is dedicated to studying human motion and rehabilitation. Additionally, I founded The Institute for Mobility and Longevity, a non-profit organization championing orthopedic research and education.

My journey led me to co-found the Palm Beach Orthopedic Institute and assume leadership roles such as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at renowned institutions, including the University of Maine, Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Center in Riyadh & Dubai, and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. Concurrently, I served on the BioEngineering faculty at prestigious U.S. universities, including MIT, the University of Florida, the University of Maine, and Arizona State University.

Driven by a commitment to excellence and lifelong learning, I completed an MBA Degree in Healthcare Policy & Operations at Brandeis University under the mentorship of Dr. Stuart Altman, a pioneering healthcare economist instrumental in drafting the original Medicare Code in 1965.

I am currently clinically based in the Tampa/Ft. Myers area of Florida, collaborating with Gardner Orthopedics, LLC, to pioneer further innovations in treating patients with arthritis and other complex orthopedic conditions prevalent in the region. For many years, I have served as an invited reviewer for the Journal of Arthroplasty, staying abreast of the most recent knowledge and discoveries in the field.

Despite my primary focus in the United States, I continue to practice as a consultant orthopedic surgeon in the United Arab Emirates and India, engaging in surgery, research, and teaching to advance musculoskeletal care globally.

My interests lie in advancing musculoskeletal research and orthopedic technology through engineering excellence and patient-centered surgical practices, particularly in complex orthopedic joint revisions.

Personal Life

Dr. Hodge has lived and experienced a vast array of cultures and locations around the world. He now resides in Tampa/Fort Myers, Florida, where he enjoys the warm weather, great outdoors, and a round of golf or two. As an avid outdoors enthusiast, he is known to go boating, fishing, hiking – and he’ll even indulge in the occasional hunting trip!

A Message to My Patients

I firmly believe that care of our patients at Gardner Orthopedics is personalized and goes beyond just the medical and surgical intervention involving an entire team of caregivers. I feel a deep compassion for our patients and understand that, whether we’re treating a mild pain or we’re about to undergo a full surgical repair, it’s our responsibility to create a life-changing experience.

Together, here at IML, we can help to maximize mobility and fulfill a better quality of life. Many patients from around the world are not just patients, but long-time friends. I wholeheartedly believe in building and strengthening all relationships through open communication and availability. The key to a successful healthcare experience always boils down to the Doctor-to-Patient relationship. As medical professionals, we must first seek to understand the patient’s problem by careful listening, proceeding to analyze treatment options, and ending with a collectively devised, realistic set of outcomes and goals for the future. Our number-one priority here at IML is to improve the quality of life for each and every patient.