A native of Princeton, WV, Dr. Surface completed his pre-medical studies at Concord University in Athens. After graduation from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992, he next completed an internship at WVU/ Charleston Area Medical Center. Dr. Surface then completed an Orthopedic Surgery residency at Oklahoma State University in 1997. Dr. Surface also completed a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery subspecialty residency at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington.
While in residency Dr. Surface received special recognition for the development of Oklahoma State’s Orthopedic Surgery Residency Sports Medicine program, served as Chief Resident, and authored scientiﬁc papers. During this time, Dr. Surface arranged for, and provided specialized Orthopedic Surgical treatment to pediatric victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and served as team physician-consultant for several professional, collegiate, and high school teams and organizations. Dr. Surface is double Board-Certiﬁed in Orthopedic Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine with professional interests in adult reconstructive surgery, (total joint replacement), sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, hand surgery, trauma, and pediatric orthopedic conditions. He is a Past-President of the Sports Medicine Section of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.
While maintaining a busy practice of patient care and surgery, Dr. Surface serves as Associate Clinical Professor at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and Clinical Instructor at Alderson-Broadous’ Physician Assistant Program.
Dr. Phillip Surface is the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Medical Director. The NHRA is the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body, with over 40,000 members. He is a member of the International Council of Motorsports Sciences and serves on the MotorSports Safety Group Advisory Board. Dr. Surface has over 30 years of experience in motorsports, serving as a driver, team owner, & mechanic/crew member in multiple sanctioning bodies at both amateur and professional levels. His experience includes over 20 years of competing in and working for the NHRA. His research and publications in motorsports have been enhanced by professional interests in ergonomics and bio-mechanical engineering.
Dr. Surface practices at Summit Orthopedics, a division of Thomas Health. He is a former Medical Director of both Joint Connections, an innovative and award-winning joint replacement unit, and Orthopedic Surgical Services at Thomas Memorial Hospital. Dr. Surface has also served as the President of the Medical Staff at Thomas Memorial Hospital. He has been involved in the design of surgical equipment and implants for 15 years and has special skills in the design, implementation, and maintenance of service line care systems.