Orthopedic Surgeons


Orthopedics is a medical study that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. Beginning with the ancient Greeks and Romans, it is now one of the many crucial studies in the medical field that helps millions of people.

Orthopedic surgery is among one of the most prominent practices in the Rio Grande Valley. Fortunately, there are several experienced and talented orthopedic surgeons that can be found throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Meet five highly rated orthopedic surgeons, each with their own subspecialty within the field.

Guillermo R. Pechero, MD

Pechero is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in pain management. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery since 1983. He is a graduate of the University of Texas-Pan American (now known as UTRGV) with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He later went to Albany College in New York for his medical degree and did his fellowship at McMaster University Spine and Joint. In 1998, he went to the Rio Grande Valley Orthopedic Center. In his career, he has won several accolades, such as being a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, a Fellow of the North American Spine Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

He practices at the RGV Orthopedic Center, Cornerstone Regional Hospital, and at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. To set up an appointment with Pechero, visit the RGV Orthopedic Center’s website. 

(956) 686-6510

1005 E. Nolana Ave., McAllen, TX 78504

Ross Chapel, MD

Chapel is a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and upper arm surgery. He works with the Rio Grande Comprehensive Upper Extremity Center in McAllen, and is also affiliated with the Rio Grande Regional Hospital. He is the Rio Grande Valley’s only surgeon trained with a subspecialty for the shoulder. He has a particular focus on traumatic injuries, fractures, and shoulder pain. 

Chapel began his medical studies at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in 2010. He later went on to complete his internship at Greenville Memorial Hospital in South Carolina. In 2011, he completed his orthopedic surgery training at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and decided to do his fellowship at the University of Michigan in 2015.

(956) 992-0404

222 E. Ridge Road, Suite 106, McAllen, TX 78503

Michael Lago, MD

Lago is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who practices at UT Health Rio Grande Valley and Mission Regional Medical Center. His practice has a particular focus on the management care of pediatric skeletal deformities but also has an interest in general orthopedic trauma. He is also an assistant professor of surgery in the Department of Surgery at the UTRGV School of Medicine.

Lago received his Master of Science in Biomedical Science and medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He went on to do his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa from 2011-16. His pediatric orthopedic fellowship was completed in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah in 2017.

(965) 296-3001

UT Health RGV Surgical Specialty – Edinburg, 3804 S. Jackson Road, Edinburg, TX 78539

Savvas Paulos, MD

Paulos is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand surgery. With over 30 years of experience, he practices at the Orthopedic Institute of Valley Baptist – Harlingen and at Knapp Medical Center.

He obtained his medical degree from the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Pennsylvania. He decided to do his internship in General Surgery, which later became the avenue to him choosing to do his residency in Orthopedic Surgery. For both his internship and residency, he did choose the New York University Medical Center.

(956) 389-4710

2121 Pease St., Suite # 404 Harlingen, TX 78550

Daniel A. Romanelli, MD

Romanelli is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. Currently, Romanelli is the director of Sports Medicine at Cornerstone Regional Hospital. He is also a clinical assistant professor at the UTRGV School of Medicine. Outside of the Rio Grande Valley, Romanelli was part of the traveling team of physicians for the U.S National Soccer Team from 2002-13. Later he joined the ASBOS Standard setting committee for the specialty Sports Medicine examination in 2017. Today, he still has worked outside of the RGV as a peer reviewer for the University of New Mexico Orthopedic Research Journal.

Romanelli earned his BA from the University of California – Los Angeles. He then attended New York Medical College for his medical degree and did fellowship training in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery in Los Angeles.

(956) 668-0060

2402 Cornerstone Blvd., Edinburg, TX 78539

These are only some examples of the various talented doctors the Rio Grande Valley has to offer. Despite all being orthopedic surgeons, each doctor has their own specialty and specific skill set. These medical professionals are among the best in their field.


The research for the article “Top 5 Orthopedic Surgeons in the Rio Grande Valley” was done in three steps. The first step was a general Google search and looking at ratings and reviews. The second step was going deeper and checking several other health-centered review sites to compare the different ratings and reviews found on each site. After an average rating was taken and the doctor was chosen for the article, the information was taken from various hospital websites. Each doctor has an official page on at least one hospital where they practice (like the RGV Orthopedic clinic or Cornerstone Hospital), and that information is later compared to information found on a different hospital website or a health-centered website such as www.healthgrade.com.

Below are all the links used to help create the article.














Faith Chua