John C. McElroy, M.D.

Alex Gardner, MSN, AGNP-BC

Dr. McElroy's Nurse Practitioner

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Medical Education

  • Texas A&M University 2003 – 2007 B.S. Biology
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School 2007 – 2011 Dallas, TX – M.D.
  • John Peter Smith Hospital 2011 – 2016 Fort Worth, TX – Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Spine Institute of Arizona 2017 Scottsdale, AZ – Spine Surgery Fellowship

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery since 2019


Dr. McElroy was born in Houston and raised in Lufkin, Texas. After graduating from Hudson High School, he pursued a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Texas A&M University. He then continued his medical studies at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. After medical school, he moved to Fort Worth and trained in orthopaedic surgery at John Peter Smith hospital.

With a special interest in surgery of the spine, Dr. McElroy pursued advanced training in fellowship at the Spine Institute of Arizona where he mastered open and minimally invasive techniques for relief of common spinal problems. These include minimally invasive microdiscectomies, laminectomy, Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF), Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (DLIF/XLIF), Posterior Lumbar Interbody fusions (TLIF, PLIF), Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF), Posterior Cervical Fusion, Total Disc Replacements, Scoliosis surgery, Spinal Cord Stimulator placement, and more.

Dr. McElroy is a neck and spine doctor that takes great interest in his patients’ outcomes. His focus is on what is most appropriate for his patients to live their lives to their fullest potential. Sometimes this means a less invasive approach during surgery; others, a more involved surgery may be necessary. At times, no surgery is needed at all. While his focus is on surgery of the spine, he trained at a level 1 trauma hospital and developed surgical skills to take care of the full extent of orthopaedic bone and joint problems.

Dr. McElroy has been married to his wife, Ashley, since 2007. They have 2 young children, Landon and Katelyn, who inspire him daily. John has a strong family focus and enjoys spending time with them, hiking and swimming, off-roading, and enjoying the outdoors.

Honors & Awards

    • Texas A&M Academic Scholarship – 2003 – 2007
    • Magna Cum Laude B.S. Biology – Texas A&M University 2007
    • Dean’s Academic Scholarship – University of Texas Southwestern 2007 – 2011
    • Graduated Top Quartile – University of Texas Southwestern 2011
    • First Place Research Award – University of North Texas Research Appreciation Day 2016
    • Texas Orthopaedic Association Quiz Bowl Runner Up – 2016
    • Russ Jenkins Memorial Research Award – Fort Worth, TX 2016
    • Academic Achievement Award – John Peter Smith Hospital Orthopaedic Surgery Residency 2016

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