Chad Ellis Songy, MD

Dr. Chad Songy is a board eligible orthopedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the shoulder and elbow. Dr. Songy was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he attended Louisiana State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

He proceeded to graduate with honors from Louisiana State University medical school. After medical school, he journeyed to Arkansas to complete orthopedic residency at UAMS in Little Rock. During the final year of his residency, Dr. Songy was awarded the Chris Hackler Award for Excellence in Medical Ethics; a yearly award recognizing a single resident and faculty in the UAMS College of Medicine who demonstrated exemplary attention to ethical issues that affect patient care.

 

Following residency, Dr. Songy moved to Rochester, MN for a year of training at the Mayo Clinic, where he focused on complex reconstruction of adult and pediatric disorders involving the shoulder and elbow. The Mayo clinic is one of the only places that in addition to shoulder training, offers a true, comprehensive elbow experience. This includes training in elbow arthroscopy, open reconstruction and elbow replacements- a special interest of Dr. Songy. During this time, Dr. Songy also trained with the world-wide leader in tendon transfers for the shoulder, which can be used to treat unfixable rotator cuff tears. The Mayo Clinic provided the unique opportunity to work alongside highly respected surgeons who are recognized internationally for their leadership and authority in the field, including designers of multiple shoulder and elbow replacement systems.  

After falling in love with the natural state, Dr. Songy and his family decided to return to Arkansas to join Dr. Cox in practice at the Shoulder Center of Arkansas. The Songys are excited for this new adventure and look forward to getting acquainted with the Northwest Arkansas community!

Education

2018 - 2019  |  Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN | Shoulder and Elbow Adult Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

2013 - 2018  |  University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences | Orthopaedic Surgery Residency 

2009 - 2013  |  Louisiana State University Health - School of Medicine - Shreveport | Doctor of Medicine, with Honors

2005 - 2009  |  Louisiana State University | BS, Biological Sciences, Summa Cum Laude

Board Certifications

2011  |  USMLE Step 1

2012  |  USMLE Step 2

2014  |  USMLE Step 3

2018  |  ABOS Part 1

Publications

Songy CE, Hussey MM. Midshaft Clavicle Fractures. J Ark Med Soc. 2016 October; 113(4): 86-87. PubMed ID: 30005523

Wilkinson JT, Songy CE, Bumpass DB, McCullough FL, McCarthy RE. Curve Modulation and Apex Migration Using Shilla Growth Guidance Rods for Early-onset Scoliosis at 5-Year Follow-up. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Apr 3. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000000983.

PMID: 28375968.

Songy CE, Siegel ER, Stevens M, Wilkinson JT, Ahmadi S. The effect of the beach-chair position angle on cerebral oxygenation during shoulder surgery. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2017 May 3. pii: S1058-2746(17)30179-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2017.03.018. PMID: 28478900

Songy CE, Couch CG, Siegel ER, Kee JR, Ahmadi S. The effect of radial head prosthesis diameter on posterolateral rotatory instability of the elbow. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2018 Oct 4;60:89-94. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2018.10.005. PMID: 30336370

Podium Presentations

Shilla Growing Rods with Greater than 5 years of Follow-up: Curve and Implant Characteristics. John T. Wilkinson, MD; Chad E. Songy, MD; Frances L. McCullough, MNSc; Richard E. McCarthy, MD. Podium presentation at the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, 04/2016.

The Effect of the Beach Chair Position Angle on Cerebral Oxygenation During Shoulder Surgery. Chad Songy, MD; Eric Siegel, MS; Mark Stevens, MD; John Wilkinson, MD; Shahryar Ahmadi, MD. Podium presentation at the Annual OREF/ORS St. Louis Region Resident Research Symposium 09/2016, the Annual Arkansas Orthopaedic Forum 09/2016, and AAOS 2017 Annual Meeting, in San Diego, California.

Current Research

Songy CE, Kennon J, Barlow JD, Sanchez-Sotelo J, O’Driscoll SW, Morrey MM. Radial Head Replacement for Acute Radial Head Fractures: Outcome and Survival of Three Implant Designs With and Without Cement Fixation.

Songy CE, Kennon J, Morrey MM, Morrey, B. High Early Failure Rates of Nexel Total Elbow System.

Nguyen T, Songy CE, Martinez Catalan N, Sanchez-Sotelo J. Radiographic Humeral Bone Adaptation Changes Five Years After Anatomic Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Using a Standard Length Cementless HA-Coated Humeral Component.

Justin C. Kennon MD, Julia Lee MD, Chad Songy MD, Dave Shukla MD, Robert H. Cofield MD, Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo MD PhD, John W. Sperling MD. The Effect of Patient Reported Metal Allergies on the Outcomes of Shoulder Arthroplasty.

Justin C. Kennon MD, Chad Songy MD, Doug Bartels MD, Joseph Statz MD, Robert H. Cofield MD, John W. Sperling MD, Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo MD PhD. Primary Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty: How Did Medialized and Glenoid-Based Lateralized Style Prostheses Compare at 10 years.

Honors, Awards, Memberships

  • 2017 | Chris Hacker Award for Excellence in Medical Ethics

    • Recognizes residents and faculty in the UAMS College of Medicine who have, in their work, demonstrated exemplary attention to ethical issues that affect patient care.​

  • 2015-2018 | Resident Advisory Council

    • A council to assist medical students interested in pursuing an Orthopedic Surgery Residency​

  • 2015 - Present | Mid-America Orthopaedic Association

  • 2013 - Present | American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • 2012 - Present | Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

  • 2016 | Little Rock Half Marathon Finisher

  • 2013 | Little Rock Half Marathon Finisher

  • 2011 | Dallas Rock n Roll Half Marathon Finisher

  • 2005 - 2009 LSU: Chancellor's Honor Roll (07'-08') Dean's List (Fall 05'), TOPS (05' - 09')

  • 2005 - 2009 | Kappa Sigma Fraternity: Scholarship Chairman (Fall 06' - Spring 07'), Rush Chairman (Spring 07' - Fall 07'), The Michael Langley Brother of the Year Award (08')

  • 2006 - 2007 | Coached 13-14 year olds baseball (Two seasons) - 14AA USSSA Baseball State Champions

Work Experience

2013-2018 | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery: Orthopaedic Surgery ResidentChairman: C. Lowery Barnes, MDProgram Director: R. Dale Blasier, MD.

2007-2009 | Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic: Clinical assistant to Brent Bankston, MD. The job consisted of various clinical duties including obtaining patient histories and creating patient education PowerPoint presentations.

2009 | The Princeton Review: Teacher of biology to Pre-Medical students preparing for the MCAT

Community Service
2011 | Reach Out and Read Participated in this book drive by helping carry and transporting donated books from around the hospital to the library.

2010 | Relay for Life Co-captain of our LSU Health team. Duties included raising money for the event, setting up and running the team booth.

2010 | Camp Tiger Participated as the Food Chairman and camp counselor, duties included getting drinks, meals and snacks ordered and prepared daily.

2008 | Medical Mission Trip to Honduras Spent a week providing free medical/dental care in remote areas of Honduras.

2005 | American Red Cross Helped transport and take care of Katrina evacuees at the LSU PMAC.

2003 | Muscular Dystrophy Camp Participated as a camp counselor during weeklong camp for children with muscular dystrophy.

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