Roy W. Sanders, M.D.

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“Seeing people through difficult problems and watching them integrate back into the normal flow is very gratifying.”

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Dr. Sanders specializes in acute trauma and posttraumatic reconstruction, as well as Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is the President of Florida Orthopaedic Institute, a group he helped found, and the Director of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service. He is currently the Chairman of USF’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Sanders attended medical school at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City, and performed his residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute, also in New York City, graduating in 1985. Dr. Sanders received fellowship training in musculoskeletal trauma at Vanderbilt University Medical School, and then went on to obtain the AO/ASIF Jack McDaniels Memorial Trauma Fellowship, which he completed under the tutelage of Thomas Ruedi, M.D., in Chur, Switzerland. Upon his return, he spent several months with Sigvard T. Hansen, Jr., M.D., as a foot and ankle fellow at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Sanders is highly respected both nationally and internationally for his work in orthopaedic trauma, and foot and ankle surgery. He has designed a comprehensive plating system for articular fractures of the upper and lower extremities (A.L.P.S.©, DePuy Orthopaedics), as well as developing a complete intramedullary nailing system for long bones (Trigen©, Smith & Nephew) in conjunction with Dr. Toney Russell, M.D., of Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Sanders is the Past President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (2004-5) and is currently serving as Director of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service, and the Chief of the Department of Orthopaedics at Tampa General Hospital. He has been involved in resident and fellowship training for over twenty (20) years. He has been a past Chairman of the Committee on Trauma for both the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and for the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. Dr. Sanders has authored over 100 articles and abstracts on orthopaedic trauma, published several textbooks on orthopaedic trauma, and is presently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, the leading international journal in the field. He has served as faculty for over 150 courses, has given over 230 lectures, and served as course Chairman for 39 courses to train other orthopaedic surgeons, including originating the AO/ASIF Course in Foot and Ankle Trauma with Sigvard Hansen, and the Current Solutions in Orthopaedic Trauma Course, now in its 8th year. He has been an investigator in over 20 research studies including a landmark National Institutes of Health investigation on limb salvage, for which he was a recipient of the AAOS prestigious Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughan Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Research in February of 2003. His special area of expertise is reconstructive surgery of the lower extremity (complex fractures, mal/nonunions, deformity correction, post-traumatic arthritis, and bone infections).


  • Medical Degree, New York University School of Medicine
  • Residency, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, Orthopedics
  • Fellowship, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Musculoskeletal Trauma
  • Fellowship, Klinikum rechts der Isar, AO/ASIF
  • Fellowship, Kantonsspital Chur, AO/ASIF
  • Fellowship, Harborview Medical Center, Foot



Dr. Sanders is the Director of Orthopaedic Trauma Service (OTS). Click here to visit the OTS website.


Dr. Sanders wins the Health Care Heroes Physicians Award, presented by Tampa Bay Business Journal! Click here to see the details of this award.


On October 30, 1998 I was hit on a motorcycle in NY Long Island. After many operations in NY (I beleive 6), a broken leg in 4 places, pelvis 5 places and ribs the NY doctors wanted to amputate my leg. I was not sure what to do so my sister in FL referred me to Tampa General Hospital where I met Dr. Sanders. Thank god for that! He knew just what to do. The other doctors were operating on me with bone infection. Dr. Sanders sat down and talked to me like a regular guy and told me he could put me back together. There was a trust right off the bat. He saved my leg, he is the best of the best ; the Master! I can never thank him and his staff enough. Still to this day I see him and he is still that regular guy. If you are in trouble don't walk but run to see him and his staff. Thank You Dr. Sanders, you're the Best of the BEST!

Kevin G Allen