Director, Amputee Program, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Dr. Danielle H. Melton, M.D. is the Director of the Amputee & Orthotics and Prosthetics Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann, which is recognized as one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the country, 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’s amputee practice is based at both Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center and TIRR Memorial Hermann. In the acute setting she evaluates and treats patients often times prior to the amputation and immediately after amputations coordinating care between the surgeon and the rehabilitation team. Her patients are followed long-term at TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Physician and Specialty Clinic providing comprehensive continuity of care.
Dr. Melton has a joint appointment with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Orthopedic departments. Within the orthopedic department, her focus is rehabilitation of patients after traumatic accidents and non-surgical management of spine patients.
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, Houston, TX, in 2002, where she later completed specialized residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) in 2006.
She is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
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
- Rehabilitation of amputees
- Prosthetic prescription and management
- Orthotic and bracing prescription and management
- Gait analysis
- Care of orthopedic trauma rehabilitation
- Non-surgical spine management
- Care of musculoskeletal injuries and related disorders