James Andrews (physician)

James Andrews (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 Gulf Breeze, Florida, Andrews has become one of the best-known and most 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 Football Team.

James Andrews
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Andrews in 2019
Born (1942-05-02) May 2, 1942 (age 79)
EducationLouisiana State University (B.S., M.D.)
OccupationOrthopedic surgeon
Known forAndrews Institute
Andrews Research & Education Foundation
Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center
American Sports Medicine Institute
Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center
Spouse(s)Jenelle Andrews

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.[citation needed]

Andrews is known for performing orthopedic surgery on high-profile athletes from a wide array of sports.[4]

Andrews has co-founded or chaired multiple research bodies and medical centers, including the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama, the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida, and the Andrews Research and Education Foundation.[5] He created the HealthSouth Sports Medicine Council and was behind the Go For It! Roadshow.[citation needed] 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]

Notable patientsEdit

Andrews has performed surgery on many high-profile athletes. He first became known among athletes when Roger Clemens' agent advised the pitcher to visit Andrews in 1985.[7] Andrews provided a second opinion to team doctors, performed a successful surgery on a torn labrum, and Clemens made a full recovery. Andrews would gain a reputation as an "athlete-centric" doctor, operating on athletes including Drew Brees, Bo Jackson, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, John Smoltz, Triple H, Brett Favre, and Adrian Peterson.[8]


  1. ^ Jervey, Gay (September 1, 2005). "The Secret Capitals of Small Business". Fortune / CNN. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
  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.
  4. ^ Helyar, John (September 20, 2007). "Andrews still surgeon to the sports stars". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
  5. ^ "James Andrews AL | Orthopaedic Surgeon | Sports Physician". www.andrewssportsmedicine.com. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  6. ^ "Medical Advisory Board – Tenex Health".
  7. ^ "Will Dr. James Andrews fix my kickball injury?". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  8. ^ "Will Dr. James Andrews fix my kickball injury?". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2017-05-03.

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