Dane K.Wukich MD has served as the Dr. Charles F. Gregory Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern since June of 2016. Dr. Wukich holds a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where he graduated with honors, and medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed a surgical internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is a member the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, and the American Orthopaedic Association, the oldest and most distinguished orthopaedic organization in the world recognizing physicians who are considered to have made a significant contribution in the areas of education, research, and the practice of orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Wukich, who as Army Medical Corps officer served as a Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery for the 5th MASH in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, is recognized internationally for his work in limb salvage, management of diabetes-related complications, and education. Dr. Wukich achieved the rank of Major with the U.S. Army, receiving several Army Commendation Medals and an Army Achievement Medal. Dr. Wukich also received the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the National Defense Service Ribbon. Following his active duty and reserve service, Dr. Wukich has been actively treating military veterans through the VA Healthcare System.
At UT Southwestern, he is actively involved in establishing collaboration across departments, working closely with the Chairs of Plastic Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) and General Surgery to elevate the Wound Healing Services. Along with the Chairs in Neurosurgery, PMR and Anesthesiology, he serves on the Executive Oversight Committee for the Interdisciplinary Spine Center Service Line. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern has more than 40 full time attending physicians and 30 resident physicians and publishes more than 100 manuscripts a year.
In 2017, Dr. Wukich received the Roger Pecoraro Award and delivered the Lectureship at the American Diabetes Association Annual Scientific Sessions in San Diego. In 2019, he was the awardee of Paul Brand MD Lectureship at the Annual Desert Foot Meeting in Phoenix. He is a board member of the Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeons. He has given hundreds of lectures, invited presentations regionally, nationally, and internationally is the author of approximately 150 publications. He is frequently invited as a speaker, both nationally and internationally. His clinical and research interests focuses on reconstructive foot and ankle surgery for diabetes related problems, foot and ankle trauma, neuromuscular reconstruction (traumatic brain injury, stroke, Charcot-Marie-Tooth) and complex revision surgery.