Dr. Payne was born and raised in Dumas, Texas where he learned a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial drive from his family. His mother, father, and grandpa all owned and operated successful businesses, while his grandfather served as the county judge for several years. He was a three sport athlete at Dumas High School and earned a 4.0 GPA while also working part-time jobs on a cattle ranch and at the local Pizza Hut. He went on to Texas Tech University for his pre-medical studies where he graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in Biology. During college, he worked several concurrent jobs including a Physics Tutor, Supplemental Physics Instructor, Wine delivery, and waiter at a local restaurant. His love for physics, biomechanics, and anatomy sparked his interest in Orthopaedic Surgery. This interest was cemented as a passion after shadowing a local Orthopaedic Surgeon. In addition to his multiple jobs, Dr. Payne also held several offices in his fraternity, Sigma Nu. Some of his proudest accomplishments in college are being awarded Athlete of the Year in his fraternity, Sigma Nu earnest the highest GPA of any fraternity on campus during his tenure as their Scholarship Chairman, experiencing monumental growth during his tenure as Recruitment Chairman, and volunteering his time to the Philanthropy of the Year benefitting Juvenile Diabetes all while being included on the President’s list or Dean’s List every semester. Dr. Payne then went on to medical school at The University of North Texas Health Science Center where he graduated with Honors. He graduated as the Valedictorian of his class in clinical studies, was given the Dean’s Award for Clinical Excellence awarded to the top clinician of each medical school class, the Academic Excellence Award for graduating in the top three of his medical school class, the President’s Scholar award for Dean’s list inclusion every semester, and the Bone Crusher Award awarded to one medical student for excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery.

He was also given the Academic Achievement in Rural Medicine award, Rural Scholar award for an extra 320 contact hours in rural medicine during medical school, Geriatrics in Your Future Award, the Touch Volunteering Award, ING research award, and the TCOM research award. He then went on to complete his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, a very busy Level 1 Trauma Center. During his intern year, he was awarded Orthopaedic Intern of the Year as voted by his attending and upper-level residents. He also scored top in his residency class on the Orthopaedic In-Training Exam in 2012, 2013, 2014. Dr. Payne then went on to complete his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Texas at Houston, where he served on the medical staff as assistant team physician to Dr. Walter Lowe for the Houston Texans and the University of Houston, Dr. Steve Flores for the Houston Rockets, and Dr. David, Lintner for the Houston Astros. He was able to scrub approximately 600 Sports Medicine Surgeries, including over 120 ACLs. Dr. Payne currently practices in Fort Worth and North Richland Hills, Texas where his specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive procedures of the shoulder, elbow, and knee. He also treats most acute fractures and dislocations of the extremities as well operative and non-operative treatment of almost any athletic injury.

Dr. Payne brings his experience in a Level 1 Trauma Center as well as his experience working with NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS, and Division 1 athletes to every patient encounter. His goals are restoration to full to activity and function focusing on conservative treatment and joint preservation whenever possible.

Curriculum Vitae


Texas Tech University09/2003 – 12/2007
Lubbock, Texas
Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science, Magna cum Laude
Minor: Biology

University of North Texas Health Science Center07/2008-05/2012
Fort Worth, Texas
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, with Honors and Rural Scholar

Post-Graduate Training

John Peter Smith Hospital
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
Fort Worth, TX
Chairman: Brian Webb, MD – Chief of Sports Medicine
Program Director: Russell Wagner, MD – Chief of Adult Reconstruction

University of Texas at Houston
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship
Houston, TX
Chairman: Walt Lowe, MD
Program Director: Christopher Harner, MD

Medical Licensure

Full medical license in Texas 08/2016 – present

Basic/Advanced Cardiac Life support 2012 – present

Basic/Advanced Trauma Life support 2012 – present

Medical Licensure

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery 7/2012 – present

Orthopedic Trauma Association 7/2012 – present

Tarrant County Medical Society 7/2012 – present

American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine

Honors and Award

Post-graduate Awards
JPS Intramural Research Grant – $10,000 grant awarded for Orthopaedic Research
Top OITE score for class: 2012, 2013, 2014
Orthopaedic Intern of the Year – top intern voted by staff and co-residents

Graduate Awards
UNT Health Award – valedictorian in clinical studies, UNTHSC 2012
Dean’s Award for Clinical Excellence, one awarded to graduation class UNTHSC 2012
Academic Excellence Award – awarded top 3 in graduating class, UNTHSC 2012
President’s Scholar – Dean’s list inclusion every semester, UNTHSC 2012
Bone Crusher Award – excellence in Orthopaedic surgery, UNTHSC 2012
Academic Achievement in Rural Medicine – UNTHSC 2012
Rural Scholar – 320 extra contact hours in medical school – UNTHSC 2012
Research Honors – UNTHSC 2012
Geriatrics in your Future Award – top student in core geriatrics – UNTHSC 2012
TOUCH Volunteering Award – Excellence in volunteering – UNTHSC 2010
Dean’s Award – top 10% – UNTHSC, 7/2008 – 5/2012
ING Research Award – top poster presentation – UNTHSC Research Day – 6/2010
TCOM Research Award – top medical student poster – UNTHSC – 6/2010

Undergraduate Awards
Magna Cum Laude – Texas Tech University – 2007
President’s List – Semester GPA of 4.0 – 1/2003, 1/2004, 8/2006, 12/2007
Dean’s List – Semester GPA of 3.5 – 8/2004, 8/2005
Athlete of the Year – Sigma Nu Fraternity, Texas Tech University – 5/2010
Philanthropy of the Year – philanthropy chairman, Greek Panhellenic – 5/2010
Highest Fraternity GPA – as scholarship chairman – Greek Panhellenic – 5/2010

Team Coverage Experience

Houston Texans
Asst Team Physician 2017-2018 season including training camp and the NFL combine. Provided sideline coverage at home and away games, in game player assessment, free agent physicals, weekly clinic, operative and nonoperative treatment of athletes.

Houston Astros
Asst Team Physician 2017 and 2018 Seasons including Spring training, ALDS, ALCS, and the World Series. Game coverage for home games and spring training.

Houston Rockets
Asst Team Physician 2017-2018 Season. In game coverage.

University of Houston
Asst Team Physician 2017-2018 – Men’s football and basketball – sideline coverage, weekly clinic, operative and nonoperative treatment of athletes.

Deer Park High School
Head team Physician – 2017-2018 season – sideline coverage, weekly clinic, operative and nonoperative treatment of athletes.

Burleson Centennial High School
Assistant Team Physician; 2013 – 2017

University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
Sports Physicals, Assistant; 2015

North Crowley High School
Assistant Team Physician; 2012
Cowtown Marathon – Medical tent – 2008-2012