Dr. Eric R. Ritchie is a Board Certified Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon. He joined The Children’s Orthopaedic and Spine Center in 2013 after a distinguished 20-year career in the United States Air Force Medical Service. Dr. Ritchie earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where he was a standout athlete on the Falcon’s football team.
He then attended medical school on a military scholarship at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. After medical school, Dr. Ritchie served three assignments as an Air Force Flight Surgeon: first at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea, then at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and finally at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Following his time as a flight surgeon, he was accepted to the only Air Force Orthopedic Residency in the country at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Ritchie was then hand picked to lead the Air Force’s Pediatric Orthopedic Department. His sub-specialty training in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and Scoliosis was obtained at the prestigious University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Upon completion of his fellowship training, he returned to San Antonio where he served as the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center, and Consultant to the Surgeon General for Pediatric Scoliosis and Orthopedics. While assigned to Wilford Hall Medical Center he was also the Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and held a teaching position at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. During his time in the Air Force he was also honored to serve three combat tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Dr. Ritchie is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and holds current medical licenses in Texas, Colorado, and Utah. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, the Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons and the Bexar County Medical Society. Dr. Ritchie is married with three children and in his free time enjoys snow skiing, mountain biking and swimming.