Mohamad J. Halawi, MD
Dr. Halawi was born and raised in Tyre, Lebanon. He came to the United States on his own at age seventeen where he graduated with the highest distinction from the University of Houston. After college, Dr. Halawi completed a research fellowship in Genomics and Bioinformatics at the National Institutes of Health. He then attended Duke University School of Medicine where he was the recipient of some of the most prestigious national accolades including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship, Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, Merage Foundation of the American Dream Fellowship, and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Medical Student Research Award.
Dr. Halawi completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Duke University Hospital followed by a fellowship in adult reconstructive hip and knee surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He culminated his training in the United Kingdom and Germany as the recipient of the prestigious Hip Society Maurice E. Müller Traveling Fellowship. Dr. Halawi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Dr. Halawi's primary interest is in joint replacement of the hip and knee including complex and revision surgeries. He is a strong believer in patient-centered surgery, utilizing a variety of surgical approaches, implants, and evidence-based perioperative protocols to optimize outcomes for each patient. He is skilled in minimally invasive and rapid recovery techniques, and is an expert in same-day total joint replacement.
In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Halawi is the Director of Research and Outcomes Center for the Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, and the Chief Quality Officer for the musculoskeletal services (orthopaedic surgery, hand surgery, rheumatology, pain medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation). He is involved in designing hospital processes for efficiency and excellence as well as providing expert consultation and oversight for quality and safety. To date, Dr. Halawi has produced over 100 articles, book chapters, and other peer-reviewed publications.
"I really cannot imagine anything better than taking a patient with severe pain and poor quality and be able to transform their lives and see them happier and functional again. …There is also nothing more intellectually satisfying than playing an active role in advancing medicine through research and training the next generations of orthopaedic surgeons” he says.
The “Halawi Team” consists of four key individuals. Amber Breindel is a nurse practitioner who provides nonoperative care to patients. Diamond Dorsey is Dr. Halawi’s certified medical assistant. Veronica Garcia “Ronnie” handles surgical scheduling, care coordination, and administrative tasks. Anisa Ali brings the entire team together as Dr. Halawi’s office manager.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
- Fellow Advanced Hip Reconstructive Surgery
Hip Society Maurice E. Müller European Traveling Fellowship, 2016 – 2017.
- FellowHip and Knee Reconstructive Surgery
Cleveland Clinic (Ohio), 2015 – 2016.
- Resident Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke University Hospital (North Carolina), 2010 – 2015.
- Doctor of Medicine Duke University School of Medicine (North Carolina), 2006 – 2010.
- Research Fellow Cartilage Mechanobiology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Maryland), 2008 – 2009.
- Research Fellow Genomics and Bioinformatics
National Institutes of Health (Maryland), 2005 – 2006.
- Bachelor of Science Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences.
University of Houston (Texas), 2001 – 2005.