About: Founder



Dr. W. Andrew Hodge is a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon, bioengineer, and the founder of the Institute for Mobility and Longevity. Hodge’s two primary lifelong commitments revolve around patient care and cutting-edge research, both of which drive the continuation and growth of the IML.

Education and Medical Training

Dr. Hodge received his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and then completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstructive and Joint Replacement at Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard University (MGH) in Boston.

Dr. Hodge has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and he has also been featured on CNN News and Discovery Channel. He has additionally been cited in publications such as Science Magazine, among many others. He has performed more than 15,000 joint replacement procedures, and in 2009, he was awarded the esteemed Ellis Island Medal of Honor in Medicine for overseas orthopedic work. Click here to read more.

Dr. Hodge is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the Orthopedic Research Society. He is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Fellowship and is also trained in advanced hip and knee replacement surgeries. He encourages and mentors orthopedic students, residents, fellows & surgeons in their journey to excellence by imparting invaluable surgical knowledge, experience, and treatment techniques.

Personal Life

Dr. Hodge has lived and experienced a vast array of cultures and locations around the world. He now resides in 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.