Where Ortho Surgeons Are — And Where We Aren’t

Opportunities exist in states with lower coverage

  • Slight declining trend in number of orthopaedic surgeons began before the pandemic, but recovery has been robust.
  • California has the highest number of active orthopaedic surgeons (2406), while Texas comes in second (1621).
  • More than half of orthopaedic surgeons are subspecialized, with the most common subspecialties being sports, hand, and joint replacement.
  • The aging of the U.S. population will drive future demand in subspecialties that care for that slice of the demographic pie.


Definitive Healthcare. How Many Orthopedic Surgeons Are in the U.S.? Accessed April 11, 2023.

United States Census Bureau. State Population Totals and Components of Change: 2020-2022. Accessed April 11, 2023.