Clark Gunderson

Clark Gunderson, M. D.

Geo Area
Region 5


Dr. Gunderson is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who has been practicing in Lake Charles, Louisiana for over thirty years. Dr. Gunderson is an active participant in such organizations as the American Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society.

Dr. Gunderson started his medical career in South Dakota where he received his Bachelors Degree in Science from the University of South Dakota. From there he traveled south to Texas where he obtained his Medical Doctorate from the Baylor College of Medicine. In 1973 he moved to New Orleans where he completed a Surgery Internship with Charity Hospital. In 1978 Dr. Gunderson completed a Residency in Orthopedics at Charity Hospital. After finishing school Dr. Gunderson moved to Lake Charles where he opened his own practice and has been operating for thirty years. Dr. Gunderson is licensed to practice medicine in Louisiana, Texas, and South Dakota.

With his primary focus in the area of orthopedic surgery, Dr. Gunderson specializes in a number of procedures. He performs surgeries that focus on the Lumbar and Cervical parts of the spine. Such procedures include Cervical and Lumbar Fusions, Disc Replacements, Disc Decompressions, and Laminectomies. Dr. Gunderson performs general orthopedic procedures that range from knee and shoulder arthroscopies to rotator cuff repair and hip replacements. He also has the capability to perform non-surgical procedures such as epidural steroid injections for the cervical and lumbar spine.

During his medical career Dr. Gunderson has served many positions throughout the medical community. He was appointed Chief of Surgery at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital three different times. In 1992 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees at Lake Charles Memorial where he served for two years. In 1996 he was appointed president of the Louisiana Orthopedic Association and in 2002 was appointed to the Board of Councilors for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

With so many accomplishments under his belt Dr. Gunderson remains grounded in Lake Charles and will continue to serve the community for years to come.