The Faces of SHP Prosthetics-Orthotics

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Brought together in an environment that encourages academic excellence and supports an active clinical experience, SSHP students have a great deal to offer each other, both in and out of the classroom. Our graduates benefit from the academic and clinical opportunities that help them achieve at their highest potential and prepare them for successful, satisfying careers in the health professions.

You may be inspired and encouraged by these stories as you continue your academic and career journey.

Don Cummings


“Personally, one of the ways I feel that I am an expert in the field is in being a consumer and user of prostheses, then also in being a fitter, a provider of prosthetic devices.”

Don was a member of UT Southwestern’s very first graduating class in the Orthotics and Prosthetics program in 1984. A double-leg-amputee as a teenager, Don served a UTSW clinical rotation at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, where he is now Director of Prosthetics. Read more and watch Don’s video.

Rob Dodson


“At this point in the rehab process, our goal is not to reflect on what happened to the person, but to get them moving forward in whatever capacity that might be.”

Rob Dodson is the clinical manager of Advanced Arm Dynamics' Southwest Center of Excellence in Dallas. He joined AAD in 2005. He received a Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics from UT Southwestern School of Allied Health Sciences and completed a prosthetic residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and prosthetic and orthotic rotations with Scottish Rite Hospital and Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics. Read more and watch Rob’s video.

Don Katz

Erica Givens

“As our knowledge base grows in orthotics and prosthetics, we need to have those who are going to be motivated to learn that much more — not only about what we do, but why we do it, and how it helps patients.”

Don Katz is an alumnus of the Prosthetics-Orthotics Program and a leader in his field. For many years, Don has been at the forefront of research on the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis. Professionally, he has served as president of The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and sat on its board for nine years. Don lectures to students in the Prosthetics-Orthotics Program and mentors graduates during their orthotic residencies. He currently serves as Assistant Administrator at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Read more and watch Don’s video.

Nathan Sutti


“Not only can you work with your hands … but you’re able to share something with the patient, and to provide them with a device that’s going to help them in their day-to-day lives.”

Nathan is a graduate of UT Southwestern’s Prosthetics-Orthotics program and an instructor in the UTSW Department of Health Care Services. He lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident at 17, which helped lead him on his career path to prosthetics-orthotics. Read more and watch Nathan’s video.