a 1977 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in
biology, is a nationally and internationally recognized
orthopedic surgeon who not only works on professional
athletes but provides free medical assistance to amateur
athletes as well.
son of an immigrant who came to the United States in
the 1960s, Souryal did not speak any English until the
age of 10. His father, Sam Souryal, is a professor of
criminal justice at SHSU.
began distinguishing himself while at SHSU, serving
as a senator in the Student Government Association,
president of the Lowman Student Center Program Council,
helping to establish a chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity
and graduating in three years.
he was accepted at the University of Texas—San Antonio,
one of three medical schools that accepted him, he was
the first SHSU graduate to be admitted to medical school
in several years.
an orthopedic surgeon, he writes on orthopedic medicine
for professional journals and lectures throughout the
world on knee injuries.
is director of the Texas Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic
Group in Dallas and was the team physician for many
professional athletic teams. He is currently in his
14th year as head team physician for the Dallas Mavericks
also hosts a radio show for ESPN radio called “Inside
Sports Medicine” since 2002 and is writing a book entitled
“The Weekend Warrior's Guide To Sports Injuries.”
has not forgotten, and will never forget, his modest
beginning,” a nomination letter said. “He is a great
philanthropist; he offers medical assistance (for free)
to several high schools in and around the Dallas area
and refuses to charge those who cannot pay for medical
expanded his philanthropic endeavors in 2004, when he
established the Texas Sports Medicine Foundation, a
charitable organization to help financially disadvantaged
high school athletes with medical bills.
and his wife, Karen, have three children.