Kevin Plancher, MD Named Team Physician for United Football League

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Greenwich and NYC sports medicine doctor to help keep players on the field

The United Football League (UFL), an Independent professional American football league that began play in October 2009, has named Kevin Plancher, MD as team physician. He has been assigned to the NY Sentinels. Dr. Plancher is a nationally recognized sports medicine leader and orthopaedic surgeon with expertise in treating knee, shoulder, elbow and hand injuries.

The League's premiere season consisted of four teams; The California Redwoods, The Florida Tuskers, the Las Vegas Locomotives and the New York Sentinels, and was played in October and November 2009. The season culminated in the championship game on November 27 in Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The league's defending champions are the Las Vegas Locomotives, who defeated the Florida Tuskers, 20-17, in overtime in the November 27 title game. The league has confirmed a second season, and additional franchises are possible for 2010.

Sites include San Antonio, Texas and Omaha, Nebraska. The season is expected to begin around September 11th. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting new League,” noted Dr. Plancher. “I look forward to working with the players and keeping them healthy and game ready”. Dr. Plancher is also the head physician for the Long Island Lizards professional lacrosse team; and team doctor for Manhattanville College.

About Dr. Plancher:
Kevin D. Plancher, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.O.S., is one of the nation’s leading orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine experts, specializing in the treatment of knee, shoulder, elbow and hand injuries. He is Associate Clinical Professor in Orthopaedics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and the Head Team physician for the professional lacrosse team, the Long Island Lizards. Dr. Plancher is on the editorial review board of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a New York City research company, named Dr. Plancher America’s Top Doctor in Sports Medicine. Every year from 2001 to 2010 he has been included in Castle Connolly’s list of Top Doctors in the New York Metro area, as published in New York Magazine's yearly "Best Doctors" issue.

Dr. Plancher received his M.D. degree (cum laude) and an M.S. degree in physiology from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He completed his residency at Harvard University’s orthopaedic program and a fellowship at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo., where he studied shoulder and knee reconstruction and served as consultant to the clinic for six years. He has been team physician for more than 15 high school, college and national championship teams.

An attending physician at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City and Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT, he maintains offices in Manhattan and Greenwich, CT, http://www.plancherortho.com. Dr. Plancher lectures extensively in the U.S. and abroad on issues related to orthopaedic procedures and injury management. He also has been named to the sports medicine arthroscopy program subcommittee for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Plancher has been awarded the Order of Merit (magna cum laude) for distinguished philanthropy in the advancement of orthopaedic surgery by the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. In 2001, he founded The Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles, a not-for-profit foundation focused on maintaining and enhancing the physical well-being of active individuals through the development and promotion of research and supporting technologies, http://www.ofals.org.

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