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James Andrews, M.D. (born May 2, 1942) is an American orthopedic surgeon. He is a surgeon for knee, elbow, and shoulder injuries[1][2][3] and is a specialist in repairing damaged ligaments. Practicing in Alabama, Andrews has become one of the most well known and popular orthopedic surgeons and has performed on many high-profile athletes. He also is the team doctor for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Tampa Bay Rays, Auburn University Tigers, and Washington Redskins.

James Andrews
Born (1942-05-02) May 2, 1942 (age 77)
ResidenceMountain Brook, Alabama
EducationLouisiana State University (B.S., M.D.)
OccupationOrthopedic surgeon
Known forAndrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center
American Sports Medicine Institute
Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center
Spouse(s)Jenelle Andrews



James R. Andrews is one of the founding members of Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also co- founder of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) a non-profit institute dedicated to injury prevention, education and research in orthopedic and sports medicine. He continues to serve as Chairman of the Board and Medical Director of ASMI. Doctor Andrews is also a founding partner and Medical Director of the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida. He is President and Chairman of the Board of the Andrews Research and Education Foundation, which is also dedicated to prevention, education and research at the Andrews Institute. He has mentored hundreds orthopedic/sports medicine Fellows and more than 84 primary care sports medicine Fellows, who have trained under him through these Sports Medicine Fellowship Programs. He has become a pioneer in the medical field and has worked for many professional athletes and teams.[4]

Career and educationEdit

Andrews received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Louisiana State University, where he was an athlete, winning a Southeastern Conference Championship in polevaulting. He completed his residency at Tulane Medical School and completed fellowships at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the University of Lyon.

Andrews is known for performing orthopedic surgery on high-profile athletes from a wide array of sports and was the subject of an article that praised his talents and listed some of his notable clients. One excerpt from the magazine stated that "[Andrews] is the alpha doc at the center of a sports-medicine network that extends well beyond doctors. Every athletic trainer, physical therapist, strength-and-conditioning coach in the land seems to have Andrews' cell phone number".[5]

He created the HealthSouth Sports Medicine Council and was the driving force[citation needed] behind the Go For It! Roadshow. He serves on the medical advisory board for Tenex Health, Inc., a medical device company that manufactures and markets the Tenex Health TX System for the treatment of chronic tendon and fascia pain.[6]

List of notable patientsEdit

Andrews has performed surgery on many high-profile athletes. His popularity rose when he first performed a procedure in 1985 on a young pitcher named Roger Clemens. Clemens was starting to second-guess the team's diagnosis of a shoulder injury that was causing him a lot of pain and knocking some speed off of his fastball. Despite reassurances from the club that he could pitch through it, Clemens' agent sent him down to see Andrews, who had a reputation for being an accomplished doctor specializing in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. Scoping was just beginning to catch on and Dr. Andrews was at the forefront of the movement. He diagnosed Clemens with a tear of the labrum and performed the surgery himself. Eight months later Clemens was back pitching for the major leagues.[7]

Andrews's work on Clemens helped to build word of mouth for his business and soon he gained a reputation as a player's doctor who could be trusted for an athlete-centric diagnosis instead of a team physician. Since then he has treated many notable athletes such as Bo Jackson, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, John Smoltz, Brett Favre, and Adrian Peterson, all of whom have made positive remarks about his treatment.[8]

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  2. ^ "Dr. James Andrews: Lessons for the Public From a Leading Pioneer". Shoulder1 Heros. Shoulder1. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
  3. ^ Anderson, Steve (2002). "Blading for real: Dr. James Andrews—the surgeon to the superstars—talks about how he puts all your favorite wrestlers back together again". Wrestling Digest. Archived from the original on 2007-09-22. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
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  5. ^ Helyar, John (September 20, 2007). "Andrews still surgeon to the sports stars". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
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  12. ^ "Edge's Rated-O.R. surgery a success". Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  13. ^ "Christian Gets Surgery". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  14. ^ "CM Punk undergoes knee surgery". Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  15. ^ " - WWE NEWS: Kidd out 6-12 months with severe knee injury". Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  16. ^ Rechtoris, Mary. "8 things to note about Dr. James Andrews — surgeon who saved Tyson Kidd's career". Becker's Orthopedic Review. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  17. ^ "JOHN CENA: Famous Doc Fixed My DISGUSTING Elbow Injury". TMZ. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  18. ^ "John Cena to undergo shoulder surgery, likely to miss WrestleMania". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2017-09-17.

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