Felix H. Savoie III, MD

Chairman, Professor

Shoulder & Elbow, Sports Medicine
School of Medicine


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Dr. Felix H. “Buddy” Savoie is an internationally-recognized expert in the areas of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and Sports Medicine. Dr. Savoie came to the Tulane University School of Medicine in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina to take on the mantle of Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics, Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine, and Director of the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine. In July 2015, he was named Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics, and in January 2016 he was named the Ray J. Haddad Professor of Orthopaedics. Many of his patients travel to New Orleans from other parts of the country, and they include professional, college, and high school athletes, and non-athletes as well.

An established, well-known leader in Orthopaedics, Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, and Arthroscopy, Dr. Savoie was the 2022-23 President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He was the 2016-17 President of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society, President of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), and President of the Orthopaedic Learning Center. He was the 2016 President of the Louisiana Orthopaedic Association. He has served on the Boards of Directors of AANA and the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS). He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). He serves on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.

Dr. Savoie is Board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. A graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, he completed his internship and residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. His added training in multiple fellowships in sports medicine and arthroscopy were at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Mayo Clinic, an A-O International Fellowship in Basil, Switzerland, at Orthopaedic Research of Richmond, VA, and at Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine in London, Ontario.

Dr. Savoie sees patients at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine and Sports Medicine Plus.


Rush LN, Savoie III FH, Itoi E, Double-row rotator cuff repair yields improved tendon structural integrity, but no difference in clinical outcomes compared with single-row and triple-row repair: a meta-analysis. JISAKOS 2017; Epub ahead of print.  DOI:10.1136/jisakos-2016-000069.


Thon S, Gold P, Rush L, O'Brien MJ, Savoie FH 3rd. Modified Anterolateral Portals in Elbow Arthroscopy:  A Cadaveric Study on Saftey.  Arthroscopy 2017;Epub ahead of print.  PMID:28822638

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