Erin K. Greer, MD, is a Board-Certified orthopedic surgeon practicing at the Ferrell-Duncan Clinic (FDC) Bone & Joint Center in Springfield, Missouri. FDC is associated with CoxHealth. Dr. Greer's scope of practice includes evaluation and treatment of injuries, diseases, and other conditions of the arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand. His practice also includes treatment of complex upper and lower extremity wounds through the use of grafts and microsurgical flap techniques.
He is a native of the Ozarks, and grew up on a farm near Fairview, Missouri, in Newton County near the far southwest corner of the state, where his parents still live and operate the family farm. Most of his extended family members reside in the Monett, Cassville, and Springfield areas.
After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at the University of Missouri-Columbia, he attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, consistently one of America's highest-ranked medical schools. There he graduated with Honors, receiving an M.D. degree in 1999. He remained at Baylor for an additional five-year residency in orthopedic surgery, earning the Barnhart Bronze Hammer Award as the outstanding member of his residency class. In 2004 and 2005, Dr. Greer completed microsurgical training at Columbia University in New York, followed by an accredited Orthopedic Hand and Microvascular Surgery fellowship at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Although returning to southwest Missouri to practice medicine had always been an ultimate goal, he was invited to return to Houston as a faculty member in the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He accepted the unique opportunity to participate in the education of medical students, residents, and hand surgery fellows, serving as Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery from 2005 to 2008. Teaching responsibilities included lectures on many aspects of hand and upper extremity care, as well as demonstration of evaluation and treatment planning in the office setting and emergency department. Possibly the most important role as an academic physician is hands-on, in the operating room. Teaching residents and hand fellows to safely and successfully perform a wide variety of surgical procedures is not only gratifying, it also challenges the teacher to master surgical skills.
An opportunity to relocate to Springfield and join FDC coincided with the birth of Dr. Greer's first child, and the decision to return home to the Ozarks was an obvious one. He and his wife Kate now live in Springfield with their three young children. Dr. Greer initiated his practice at FDC in March 2008.