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James Andrews (physician)

James Rheuben Andrews, M.D. (born September 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 September 1942 (age 75)
Homer, Louisiana
Residence Mountain Brook, Alabama
Nationality American
Education Louisiana State University (B.S., M.D.)
Occupation Orthopedic surgeon
Known for Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center
American Sports Medicine Institute
Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center
Spouse(s) Jenelle Andrews
Children 6



Doctor 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 and local celebrities, such as Alabama dentist Tommy James. 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]

Football playersEdit

Bo Jackson: shoulder, 1984; hip, 1992

Doug Williams: knee, 1988

Bruce Smith: knees, 1990 and 1991

Troy Aikman: elbow and shoulder, 1991

Michael Irvin: shoulder, 1994

Emmitt Smith: shoulder, 1994

Trent Green: knee, 1999 and 2001

Chad Pennington: shoulder, 2005 (twice)

Deuce McAllister: knee, 2005

Daunte Culpepper: knee, 2005 and 2006

Takeo Spikes: achilles tendon, 2005

Donovin Darius: ACL, 2005; shoulder, 2006

Drew Brees: shoulder, 2006

Byron Leftwich: ankle, 2006

Donovan McNabb: knee, 2006

Matt Hasselbeck: shoulder, 2007

Joey Porter: knee, 2007

Kenny Irons: knee, 2007

Isaiah Kacyvenski: knee, 2007

D.J. Shockley: knee, 2007

Dalvin Cook: knee, 2017

Sam Bradford: knee, 2017

Baseball playersEdit

Roger Clemens: 1985, shoulder, 1985

David Wells: 1985, elbow, 1985

Jimmy Key: elbow, 1988; shoulder, 1994, 1995

Jose Rijo: elbow, 1995; five more elbow ops, 1996-2003

Steve Karsay: elbow, 1995; shoulder, 2003

Kerry Wood: elbow, 1999

John Smoltz: elbow, 2000 and 2003

Carl Pavano: elbow, 2001 and 2006

Jon Lieber: elbow, 2002

A.J. Burnett : elbow, 2003

Andy Pettitte: elbow, 2004

Gary Sheffield: shoulder, 2004

Jim Thome: elbow, 2005

Mark Prior: shoulder, 2007

Anibal Sanchez: shoulder, 2007

Freddy Garcia: shoulder, 2007

Chris Ray: elbow, 2007

Yu Darvish: elbow, 2015

Marcus Stroman: knee, 2015

Basketball playersEdit

Charles Barkley: shoulder, 1990

Michael Jordan: shoulder (therapy, not surgery), 1994

Penny Hardaway: knee, 1996

Randy Livingston: knee, 1996

Scottie Pippen: elbow, 2001

Allen Iverson: elbow, 2001

Aaron McKie: shoulder, 2001

Chris Webber: knee, 2003

Shaun Livingston: knee, 2007


Jack Nicklaus: knee, 1984

Jerry Pate: shoulders, 1985, 1986, 2003, 2006

Mark McCumber: shoulder, 1996

Pro WrestlersEdit

Rey Mysterio 1997 [1]

Triple H: left quadriceps, 2001[9][10]; right quadriceps, 2007[11]

Edge: pectoral, 2007[12]

Christian Cage: pectoral, 2010[13]

CM Punk: knee, 2012[14]

Tyson Kidd: knee, 2013[15][16]

John Cena: elbow, 2013[17]; shoulder, 2016[18]

Seth Rollins: knee, 2016

Finn Balor: shoulder, 2016


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  13. ^ Report, Bleacher. "Christian Gets Surgery". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
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  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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