Dr. Arthur Hess is a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon. His fellowship training in orthopedic traumatology allows him to treat complex conditions in nearly every part of the body. Dr. Hess specializes in pelvic and acetabular (hip socket) surgeries, hip and knee arthritis and joint replacement, hip preservation, and complex reconstruction of knee, pelvic and acetabular fractures. 

Dr. Hess performs periacetabular osteotomies, a surgery that reorients a dysplastic (I.e., shallow) hip socket to improve coverage, minimize pain, and delay or even entirely prevent need for a hip replacement.  

For those patients with end-stage arthritis, Dr. Hess, performs his minimally invasive hip replacements through the direct anterior approach, meaning the joint is accessed from the front.  This approach spares muscles, in contrast to conventional posterior hip approaches, that require dividing muscle groups to access the joint.  This approach may lead to smaller incisions, less muscle disruption, and a faster recovery.

In addition to his private surgical practice, Dr. Hess works closely with Our Lady of the Lake Hospital as Chief of Surgery and Orthopedic Trauma Director. Referencing his fellowship at the University of Maryland’s prestigious R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the first and only integrated Trauma Hospital in the United States, Dr. Hess steers the hospitals trauma protocols and procedures.

Recently, Dr. Hess was honored to take on the role of chairman for the Louisiana Arthritis Foundation.


University of Dallas

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Biology, 2004

Provost’s Recognition

Tulane University, School of Medicine

Medical Doctorate, 2009

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Louisiana State Medical Society Alliance Foundation Scholarship
  • George A. Adrouny Award for Excellence in Biochemistry


Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency, 2014

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

  • Chief Orthopedic Surgery Resident, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Executive Committee Award for the highest scores on the Orthopedics In-Training Exam (OITE)


Shock Trauma Center, 2015

University of Maryland

Baltimore, MD