Andrew Clavenna, MD

Andrew Clavenna, MD

Andrew Clavenna, MD

Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Areas of Interest:

Cervical, Thoracic & Lumbar Spine Disorders, Spine Athletic Injuries


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Dr. Andrew L. Clavenna joined the Carrell Clinic™ in 2006 as a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine surgery. In addition to traditional spine procedures, Dr. Clavenna’s expertise includes the latest in spinal surgery techniques including minimally invasive spine surgery, artificial disc replacement (disc arthroplasty), and spinal navigation. Dr. Clavenna exhausts conservative therapies, such as rehabilitation and injections, prior to surgical intervention. Currently, Dr. Clavenna is a spine consultant for the Dallas Cowboys and Southern Methodist University Athletics.

Raised in Houston and Baton Rouge, Dr. Clavenna graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio with a B.S. in biochemistry. During his time at Trinity, Dr. Clavenna played linebacker for the Tigers, and was nationally recognized as a scholar athlete. He received his MD from Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Clavenna completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in orthopedic surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Following his residency, Dr. Clavenna completed a fellowship in spine surgery with Dr. Robert Watkins and Dr. Lytton Williams at the Los Angeles Spine Surgery Institute in California. During this one-year fellowship, Dr. Clavenna focused on sports-spine injuries, degenerative spine disorders, and deformity management involving the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. While in Los Angeles, Dr. Clavenna participated in spinal navigation research. This advancement in spine surgery allows for safer and more accurate placement of spinal hardware. Dr. Clavenna continues to participate in research advancing spine surgery techniques.

In his spare time, Dr. Clavenna enjoys playing golf, fishing, boating, biking, and being outdoors with his wife and two daughters.

Medical Degree Louisiana State University Medical School

General Surgery Internship Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas

Orthopedic Surgery Residency Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas

Spine Surgery Fellowship Los Angeles Spine Surgery Institute, Los Angeles, California

Professional Affiliations Spine Consultant, Dallas Cowboys Football Club (NFL), 2007 – Present.
Spine Consultant, Dallas Stars Hockey (NHL), 2008 – 2012.
Spine Consultant, Southern Methodist University Athletics, 2007 – Present.
Spine Consultant, Cotton Bowl – 2009.
Spine Consultant, NFL Combine, 2007 – Present.
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons – Active Member
American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons
American Medical Association – Past Member
Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, 2011-Present
Texas Medical Association– Member
Texas Orthopedic Association – Member
Texas Society of Sports Medicine – Member – 2008 – Present
North Central Surgery Center – Orthopedic Chief of Service – 2008 – 2011.
Texas Health Resources IRB Member – 2008 – 2010.
Ben Hogan Sport Medicine Physician Panel – 2012 – Current
American Registry – Patient Choice Award – 2012
USA Today’s “Most Influential Doctors” List – 2010.
International Association of Orthopedic Surgeons – “Top Doctor in Dallas, TX” – 2013-15.
Super Doctors “Texas Rising Stars” 2013, 2014, 2015
D-Magazine “Best Doctors in Dallas” – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
National Football League Physician Society – 2012-Current


Hospital Affiliations North Central Surgical Center
Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
Baylor University Medical Center
Walnut Hill Medical Center

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Patient Stories

David H's Story

Most incredible experience a person could have. I wish I could give them more than a 5 star rating!
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - February, 2019

So Friday morning I checked into carrell clinic for surgery on my lower back. I had a disc that was bulging out and pinching the nerve going down my left leg. The surgery was performed by Dr Clavenna and was a success and the nerve pain is gone. What was so amazing was this hospital!! There was NOTHING they could have done to make the whole experience any better! Every person in the facility was very professional, organized and caring! Everyone knew exactly what was going on and it was very reassuring to know exactly what was going to happen. They had EVERY detail worked out! Bottom line is, in my opinion there is no better place to have surgery than this hospital.
Thank you Dr Clavenna for everything you do and for operating such a professional hospital!!

Robert S's Story

Thank you Dr. Clavenna
Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings Ratings - November, 2018

My first back issues were fairly severe and were treated by Dr. Bywaters, Sr. That was a long time ago, and I did not have to have surgery for another 45 years.
My experience with Dr Clavenna has been exceptional. I am so pleased with Dr Clavenna, his staff and the entire experience. My recovery from fusion surgery has gone remarkably well. Thank you Carrell Clinic and Thank you Dr. Clavenna.