Alexander S. Rowland, M.D.
Hand, Wrist, Elbow
Dr. Rowland is an orthopedic surgeon with TSAOG Orthopaedics (formerly The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group). He is board certified by The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), fellowship trained in conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow, and treats patients aged 6 and up.
MEET DR. ROWLAND
Dr. Alexander Rowland is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, specializing in conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow for adult and pediatric patients.
Dr. Rowland joined The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group in 2002. He is a 4th generation native of San Antonio and comes from a long line of physicians. His great grandfather, Dr. Frederick Terrell, was a general practitioner and served as mayor of San Antonio in 1901. Dr. Rowland’s father, Dr. Spencer Rowland, was one of the founding members of The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group and joined in 1962. He was the first hand fellowship trained orthopedist in San Antonio. Dr. Rowland’s interest in medicine grew from his earlier childhood experiences watching his father perform surgery and make hospital rounds.
Dr. Rowland is a graduate of the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. He completed medical school at the University of Tulane in New Orleans, Louisiana. He then returned home to complete his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. While in residency, he also spent time abroad in Cambridge England, working at Addenbrooke’s Hospital upper extremity unit. During residency, he was recognized in the Roy Davis Residency Paper competition. Upon completion of his residency, he was recognized with the Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Award for the outstanding orthopaedic surgery resident. Following completion of residency, Dr. Rowland completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery in Oakland, California with Dr. Roger A. Mann.
After two years of practicing General Orthopaedic Surgery in San Antonio, Dr. Rowland pursued his interest in conditions of the upper extremity through further specialty training. He completed a one year fellowship in Hand, Elbow, and Shoulder at the University of Western Ontario in London Canada. While there, he worked at the Hand and Upper Limb Center (HULC) under the guidance of Dr. Graham King and Dr. Jim Roth. In Canada, Dr Rowland published in the Journal of Hand Surgery and presented his research at the Canadian Orthopaedic Society in Toronto. His work was also presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.
Dr. Rowland is acting Medical Director of The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group’s surgery center and is a member of several medical societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Texas Medical Association, the Bexar County Medical Society, the San Antonio Orthopaedic Society, and the Alamo Orthopaedic Society.
Dr. Rowland’s current practice specializes in conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow. He has provided specialty care for the San Antonio Talons, San Antonio Scorpions, and US Modern Pentathlon Olympic Team. He has a special interest in endoscopic carpal tunnel release, trigger finger release, distal radius fractures, elbow arthroscopy, and bicep repairs.
Dr. Rowland has been featured in MDNEWS and was named in SA Scene’s list of SA Doctors: Best of 2020.
- Fracture Care
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (Open and Endoscopic carpal tunnel release)
- Wrist arthroscopy, reconstruction, and limited fusions
- Hand, finger, thumb ligament reconstruction, joint replacement, and fusion
- Distal radius fractures
- Wrist fractures
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tendon repair and reconstruction
- Nerve repair
- Trigger finger / Trigger finger release
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Elbow arthroscopy – tennis elbow, arthritis, and cartilage injuries in athletes
- Total elbow replacement
- Radial head replacement
- Elbow tendon and ligament reconstruction
- Bicep tears at elbow / Bicep repairs
- Elbow arthritis
- Elbow fractures
- Elbow contracture release
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Melissa Wilson, P.A.
Physician Assistant to Dr. Alexander Rowland
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IN THE NEWS
Dr. Rowland performed an Open Carpal Tunnel Release (CTR) on my left wrist 5 years ago. The "open" CTR surgery takes a while to heal, but the results were excellent. I returned to Dr. Rowland for my right wrist, and this time he performed the CTR endoscopically. Much smaller cut with a much quicker heal time. The results were immediate and my wrist/hand were at 70% in a week. I understood that it will take some time to get back to full strength, but at 7 weeks, it is at least up to 90%. Needless to say, I am very happy with the procedure, the recovery, and especially with Dr. Rowland! Before both surgeries, Dr. Rowland explained in detail what my options were , the nature of the surgery, recovery time and possible issues, and he took the time to respond to all my questions. (Note: he initially prescribed wrist splits for nighttime use until I requested the surgery.) One other item, Dr. Rowland also took the time to look at my shoulder when I complained about the pain I was experiencing with it. He had x-rays taken and explained to me what the issue was: a torn rotator cuff. Even though the shoulder is not his specialty, he carefully explained the injury to me and the options. He also said he could recommend a specialist if or when I decided to pursue it. I highly recommend Dr. Rowland.- Bill K., Vitals
I was referred to Dr. Rowland by the RN at the urgent care I went to for what was believed to be an infection in my finger. I'm very glad she did. It turned out that I had a cyst which Dr. Rowland removed. I was given great care by him and all his staff were very nice and professional. I'm very thankful for the great care I was provided.- Healthgrades
Dr. Rowland is a wonderful hand doctor, after surgery on both hands I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else.- TSAOG Patient Survey
I’ve been seeing Dr. Rowland for several years. He is amazing! He has been treating me for tennis elbow. He has a quiet manner and does not rush the appointment at all. He is very kind and listens to the patient. He is awesome at giving cortisone shots…you won’t feel a thing. Anyone who has a hand or elbow issue should see him. I will forever go to him as I have complete confidence in his experience and training.- Angie's List
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