James R. Andrews, Renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon, Installed as AOSSM President

Internationally recognized, orthopaedic surgeon, James R. Andrews, MD, will be installed as the 38th president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) on Saturday, July 11, 2008, during the Society's Annual Meeting in Keystone, Colorado (July 9th-12th).

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Keystone, CO (Vocus) June 30, 2009

Internationally recognized, orthopaedic surgeon, James R. Andrews, MD, will be installed as the 38th president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) on Saturday, July 11, 2008, during the Society's Annual Meeting in Keystone, Colorado (July 9th-12th).

Dr. Andrews is a founding member of the renowned Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center located at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama and a founder and chairman of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), a non-profit organization dedicated to injury prevention, education and research in orthopaedics and sports medicine. He is also a founder and medical director of the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

Some of Dr. Andrews' other significant accomplishments include mentoring more than 250 orthopaedic/sports medicine fellows and more than 45 primary care sports medicine fellows. He is perhaps best known for his skills as an orthopaedic surgeon, as well as his scientific and clinical research in knee, shoulder and elbow injury prevention and treatment having authored more than 250 papers and presented on every continent.

He has served on multiple AOSSM committees, including the Board of Directors, Council of Delegates and Medical Board of Trustees. He has also been faculty and moderator for numerous AOSSM Annual Meetings and courses.

Dr. Andrews graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1963. He completed LSU School of Medicine in 1967 and completed his orthopaedic residency at Tulane Medical School in 1972. He had surgical fellowships in sports medicine at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine in 1972 with Dr. Frank McCue, III and at the University of Lyon, Lyon, France in 1972 with the late professor Albert Trillat, MD, who is known as the Father of European Knee Surgery.

He is Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, the University of Kentucky Medical Center, and the University of South Carolina Medical School. He has been awarded a Doctor of Law degree from Livingston University and Doctor of Science degrees from Troy University and Louisiana State University.

Dr. Andrews currently serves as Medical Director for Intercollegiate Sports at Auburn University; Senior Orthopaedic Consultant at the University of Alabama; and orthopaedic consultant for the athletic teams at Troy University, University of West Alabama, Tuskegee University and Grambling University. Dr. Andrews serves on the Medical and Safety Advisory Committee of USA Baseball and on the Board of Little League Baseball, Inc.

Dr. Andrews is a senior consultant for the Washington Redskins; Medical Director for the Tampa Bay Rays; and team physician for the Birmingham Barons, (Double A Professional Baseball Team, of the Chicago White Sox.) Dr. Andrews is also the Medical Director of the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

Dr. Andrews has garnered numerous other sports awards during his lifetime, including induction into the Alabama and Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fames and the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction. In 2008, he received the LSU Cox Communication Academic Center for Student-Athletes Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award. Dr. Andrews was also presented the 2009 Distinguished American Award by the Auburn Chapter of the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame.

A native of Homer, Louisiana Dr. Andrews has called Birmingham home since 1986. He and his wife Jenelle have six children and four grandchildren.

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopaedic sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. For more information contact Lisa Weisenberger at lisa (at) aossm (dot) org or 847-292-4900. You can also visit the AOSSM Web site at http://www.sportsmed.org.

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