Thomas A. DeCoster


Phone: 505-272-4107

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Professor Emeritus

Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation


M.D., University of Missouri, Columbia

University of Iowa


Thomas A. DeCoster, M.D. is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of New Mexico, and Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and his M.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia. His residencies were in General Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Vermont. At the University of New Mexico he has been an Orthopaedics faculty member; Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Trauma, Level 1 Trauma Center; Director of the New Mexico Limb Lengthening and Deformity Correction Center; and Vice-Chairman of Research in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. He received the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in the Residency/Fellowship teaching category in 2002, and was Orthopaedic Faculty Instructor of the Year in 1990 and 2000. He was recognized as an author of a top-cited paper in 2010 on optimizing bone screw pullout force. He is a member of several professional societies, including the American College of Sports Medicine, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Association. His interest in basic science projects includes studies of biomechanics, fracture fixation and antibiotic beads, and his interests in clinical research are related to trauma, trauma reconstruction and sports medicine.

Research Interests

  • Trauma and Sports Medicine