Dr. Von Evans, Jr.

Dr. Von Evans, Jr.
Distinguished Alumnus
Homecoming 2015

 

VonEvans_smDr. Von Evans, Jr. is a partner in Lone Star Orthopedic and Spine Specialists in Fort Worth, Texas and has served residents of Johnson and Tarrant Counties for more than 22 years, earning “Top Doc” honors. He is Chief of Surgery at THR Huguley Medical Center in Burleson, Texas.

The Texas native and high school football standout came to Highlands on a football scholarship in 1978 with dreams of being a doctor someday. In 1982, he earned his B.S. in biology cum laude and completed his M.S. in biology 1983 summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA.

Evans earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital in Forth Worth where he was named an outstanding intern. Evans is also board certified in sports medicine.

“I wanted to be a doctor from a young age. Being involved in sports, especially my years at Highlands playing football, motivated me to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. I was lucky not to have any serious football injuries, but some of my teammates weren’t so fortunate,” Evans said.

Evans primarily performs knee surgery, ranging from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructive surgery for young athletes to knee replacements for his older patients.

“It’s very satisfying when my patients say they’re glad they had the surgery done. It’s wonderful to see the young athletes play the sports they love again and the elderly people cruise into my office with no limps and smiles on their faces,” Evans said.

He serves on the Advisory Board in Sports Medicine for Texas Health Resources Hospital Systems in North Texas and has been named a “Top Doc” multiple times in Forth Worth Texas magazine.

Evans has written numerous articles about sports injuries for North Texas newspapers and magazines. He serves as an orthopedic surgery consultant for many local high schools in the Fort Worth area.

As a high school senior himself considering different football scholarship offers, a trip to Highlands where academics was stressed sealed the deal.

“Defensive coordinator Coach Fred Bleil recruited me and when I visited campus, he asked me about my academic interest. Within 30 minutes he had me talking with the chairman of the Biology Department. Highlands was the only school that asked me about academics, and I was very impressed. Coach Bleil always put academics first,” Evans said.

In Evans’ freshman year, the football team struggled through a 1-9 season. The next year Bleil was promoted to head football coach, eventually leading his team to a RMAC championship in 1981 – the same year Evans was a senior and won RMAC Scholar-Athlete honors as well as All Conference Offensive Line recognition as a guard.

“Coach Bleil was a passionate, honorable coach who was a great motivator and leader. Winning the RMAC championship was a phenomenal experience,” Evans said.

Today, Evans serves on the Board of Directors for the Fred Bleil Memorial Scholarship Fund at Highlands.

From his first days at Highlands, Evans was determined to excel academically, with his professors playing a key role.

“My biology professors at Highlands like Dr. John Spenser, Dr. Sean McEllin and Dr. Maureen Romine were great. Dr. Robert Amai in chemistry was another exceptional professor. These professors took a personal interest in their students and gave us valuable hands-on lab experience that helped us think critically and apply classroom knowledge. Highlands prepared me for medical school,” Evans said.

Outside the classroom, Evans was a graduate teaching assistant and worked as a science tutor for the Upward Bound Program at Highlands.