Kenneth R. First, MD

dr first Kenneth R. First, MD

Kenneth R. First, M.D., received his education at Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He was a graduate of the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency program and served as Chief Resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. At the completion of his training, Dr. First was awarded the Jack McDaniel traveling fellowship in Switzerland where he studied and trained with masters in fracture surgery, ski trauma, and joint replacement. In addition he spent six months on the orthopedic trauma service at Herman Hospital in Houston and six months as a sports medicine fellow in Baltimore at Union Memorial Hospital with the Johns Hopkins team physicians. Dr. First has been board certified in orthopedic surgery since 1992 and is now board certified in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. He is a member of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopic Association of North America.

Dr. First has been in practice since 1989. HIs professional experience has included over 21 years in clinical private practice with 20 years in the Clear Lake and Texas City area. He has performed over 5,000 operations in the areas of joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery, general orthopedic and fracture surgery. He serves as Director of Sports Medicine for CHRISTUS St. John Hospital and serves as the team doctor for numerous area high schools. He has treated many high school, college, and professional athletes. Dr. First pioneered the use of extracorporeal shock wave therapy for tendonitis in Texas. As a former captain of the Harvard Lacrosse Team, Dr. First has stayed active coaching youth sports in baseball, basketball, and lacrosse. As a former NCAA scholar athlete he is committed to the healing of athletes in all sports. Dr. First is currently serving as a medical consultant and radio talk show contributor for Sports Radio 610 AM Houston and can be heard every Thursday morning between 7:30 AM and 8 AM.

It is his goal that when someone asks “What did the doctor say is wrong” that you will always be able to answer the question or at least explain how we are planning to solve your problem.

Dr. First is accepting new patients. He performs surgeries at CHRISTUS St. John’s Hospital and at the CHRISTUS Surgical Center.

Direct Fax Number 281-286-3392

Education & Training

  • Comprehensive Education at Harvard College, Harvard Medical School
  • Two years of General Surgery at the New England Deaconness Hospital
    • General Surgical experience helps with tissue care and sick patient care
  • Three and a half years in the Harvard Orthopedic Program at: Six months as the Chief Resident and Chief of the Trauma Service at Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Six months as the Jack McDaniel Traveling Fellow in Switzerland and studying with Masters in:Six months on the Trauma Service at Herman Hospital in Houston, Texas
    • Fractures (Broken Bones)
    • Ski Trauma
    • Joint Replacement
  • Six months as a Sports Medicine Fellow in Baltimore, MD with the Johns Hopkins Team Physicians

Professional Experience

  • One year in Philadelphia working with fractures in the geriatric population
  • 21 years in Clear Lake and Texas City as a Sports Medicine, Joint Replacement, Fracture, and Arthroscopic Surgeon
  • Director of the St. John Sports Medicine Program

Team Physician

  • Texas City High School
  • Dickinson High School
  • Hitchcock High School
  • Santa Fe High School
  • Clear Springs High School
  • Clear Falls and Clear Lake High Schools

Extensive Experience Playing Athletics

This helps Dr. First understand athletic injuries and treatment issues:

  • All American College Lacrosse Goalie at Harvard
  • NCAA Scholar Athlete Award at Harvard
  • Lettered in LaCrosse, Football, and Soccer in High School
  • Certified USA Level 1 Hockey Coach
  • Ranked Tennis Player in his youth
  • Avid Golfer

Family History

My entire family has been in medicine which has helped me establish my professional style of care for patients. My father and two uncles were obstetrician gynecologists. My brother is the Chief of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont. My mother is a medical librarian.

As a result, I am used to dedicating myself to the profession and I still try to practice medicine the “on hands” Marcus Welby style of medicine.