Orthopaedic Surgeon in Houston, Texas (TX)

Alan E. Heilman MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon


  • Fondren Orthopedic Group
    7401 S Main Street
    Houston, Texas, 77030 - United States
    Phone: (713) 799-2300

About Our Practice

Alan E. Heilman, M.D. is noted for his work in reconstructive spinal surgery: a subspecialty of orthopedic surgery. He has practiced orthopedic spinal surgery for the last 20 years and has expertise in several areas of the spine including the cervical and lumbar spine. He specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal pain diagnosis, lumbar and cervical spondylolisthesis correction and reduction, and outpatient lumbar hemi-laminectomies.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Dr. Heilman received his Bachelor's degree in biochemistry and pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin. He practiced pharmacy for two years before entering medical school where he received his medical doctorate from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a nine-month preceptorship in Orthopedic Infectious Disease and then began a flexible internship followed by a residency in orthopedic surgery at the affiliated hospitals of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr Heilman has the benefit of having trained in two complementary fellowships in spine care: neurosurgery and orthopedic spinal reconstruction. He was awarded a fellowship in spinal surgery under the direction of Mr. John P. O'Brien at the London Clinic in England. He also worked in a collinear fellowship in spinal neurosurgery with Mr. Alan Crockard at the Hospitals for Neurology and Nervous Disorders in London.

Dr. Heilman and his colleagues in the Fondren Orthopedic Group are recognized nationally for breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disorders. Their advances in this area include: a better understanding of spinal pain and where it originates, better management of lumbar spondylolisthesis, accelerated recovery including outpatient surgery as well as, minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Heilman's comprehensive approach looks at the whole patient. The appropriate diagnosis is paramount to the correct treatment of the patient. Dr. Heilman is able to identify closely with his patients since he has had a fusion of his lumbar spine and clearly knows the challenges and benefits.

He has won several awards including Top Doc Awards for the city of Houston, as well as nationally. He is currently on active staff at Texas Orthopedic Hospital and The Methodist Hospital as consulting staff. He served as an assistant clinical professor at Baylor College of Medicine Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Heilman has written numerous articles relating to spinal reconstructive surgery. His presentations have been to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the European Cervical Spine Society, the British Orthopedic Association, the International Spinal Injection Society, the Cervical Spine Research Society, and the North American Spine Society. He has published three chapters on reconstructive spinal surgery and the surgical treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in the neck. In addition, Dr. Heilman is an avid speaker and has many symposium, meeting, and audiovisual presentations to this credit.

Dr. Heilman is a member of various professional societies:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
Cervical Spine Research Society
Harris County Medical Society
Houston Orthopedic Society

In addition to his Texas and Colorado medical licenses and his Texas pharmacy license, he is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr Heilman is an avid photographer, woodworker and painter.

  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Board Certified
  • Fellowship Trained
Area of Focus
  • Degenerative Spine
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society
Hospital Affiliations
  • Texas Orthopedic Hospital
  • Methodist Hospital
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