Director, Amputee and Orthotics and Prosthetics Program, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Dr. Danielle H. Melton, M.D. is the Director of the Amputee and Orthotics and Prosthetics Program Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann, where she specializes in the care of people with amputations, encompassing pre-prosthetic management, prosthetic design and prescription, and rehabilitation. She also specializes in bracing and orthotics for patients with peripheral nerve injuries and spasticity.
Dr. Melton is an affiliated physician at TIRR Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. In the acute setting she evaluates and treats patients both before and immediately after amputations, coordinating care between the surgeon and the rehabilitation team. Her patients are followed long-term at the TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Medical Clinic to provide comprehensive continuity of care.
A clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, she is a frequent guest lecturer and is involved in research in the area of amputations, prosthetics & orthotics, orthopedic trauma and limb loss prevention. She is a member of the American Association of Orthotics & Prosthetics (AAOP) and the Amputee Coalition, where she is an active member of the Scientific Medical Advisory Board.
As a faculty member of the University of Texas, she serves as the chairman of the Continuing Medical Education committee for the medical school. She is on the Medical Advisory Committee for the BCM Masters in Orthotics and Prosthetics Program and is also the Director for the Amputee Trauma Rehabilitation Fellowship supported by TIRR in conjunction with the Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann level I trauma center.
Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Melton graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 and worked as an engineer until deciding to study medicine. She received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 2002, where she later completed specialized residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) in 2006. Dr. Melton is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Awards and Accolades
Dr. Melton has been elected by her peers to “Best Doctors in America” since 2009; “America’s Top Physicians" since 2010, a selection by the Consumers’ Research Council of America; and was recently named “Texas Super Doctors Rising Stars 2013” for high peer recognition and professional achievement.
Services Provided by Dr. Melton include:
- Rehabilitation of amputees
- Prosthetic prescription and management
- Orthotic and bracing prescription and management
- Gait analysis
- Orthopedic trauma rehabilitation
- Non-surgical spine management
- Care of musculoskeletal injuries and related disorders
To refer a patient to Dr. Melton for treatment, call (713) 797-5929.
Watch Dr. Danielle Melton, Director of the Amputee Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann, discuss the psychological implications of losing a limb on KPRC.
Read Dr. Danielle Melton's opinion on robotic control systems for prosthetic legs in Michael Smith's article, "Robot Leg Gives Near-Normal Mobility" in MedPage Today.
"We now have patients who have had surgeries that will allow them, in the future, to use technology," Dr. Melton said, "to do some pretty amazing things compared with what we are able to do with prosthetics."