Laura Fertak is a long-time Houstonian who is one of the most experienced Physician Assistants in the Medical Center. She graduated Texas A&M University and received her advanced PA degree from UTMB, graduating with honors and a member of Alpha Eta Society. She has worked in healthcare for nearly 30 years beginning with orthopedic oncology, authoring a chapter on bone tumors, and returned to sports medicine orthopedics in 2005. She is often able to evaluate acutely injured patients same day, order the necessary imaging including X-rays and MRI, perform injections and initiate physical therapy. She also assists in the operating room and with all aspects of pre and post-operative care. Laura is a member of several physician assistant professional organizations including the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery.