What We Do
Orthopedic sports medicine surgery uses arthroscopic (minimally invasive) surgical techniques to repair injuries in the knee, hip, and shoulder. Many of these types of injuries involve the ligaments, cartilage, and labrum in the joint. Treatment does not stop after surgery is complete. From there, we employ a team approach between surgeon, physical therapists and strength/conditioning specialists to return athletes to their desired level of activity. For some that means, recreational sports and for others that means pursuing collegiate and professional goals. No matter what the goal, our team will work hard to get you there!
Sports and Community
Sports has the power to uplift communities, to create and inspire hope and change, while creating opportunities where previously there were none. Athletes at all levels continue to use their platforms to work towards the betterment of their communities and our society at large. There is a responsibility as a physician in this field to engage the intersection between sports and social impact. Providing the highest level of quality care to athletes at all levels is an essential part of this engagement. To serve in this manner is one of the highest privileges.
My medical education and orthopedic surgical training was complete at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. From there, I had the privilege of training in Sports Medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York, NY, the nation’s top-rated hospital for orthopedic surgery. In fellowship I trained with global thought leaders in arthroscopic hip surgery, arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, cartilage restoration, orthobiologic treatments and arthroscopic shoulder surgery.
Experience Treating Athletes
I have an extensive history in treating athletes at the highest level, including Division 1 NCAA and Professional Basketball. While at Duke University, I worked as a part of the medical staff for Men and Women Sports at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and Duke University Athletics. While in New York, I was a part of the medical staff for the Brooklyn Nets NBA team and Men and Women Sports at Iona College.
What is Hip Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopic surgery of the hip is the fastest growing discipline in Sports Medicine. Athletes (especially those who participate in explosive movements such as kicking, jumping and sprinting) may develop injuries to the labrum of the hip. These injuries are commonly related to a condition known as Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome (FAIS). The newest contemporary hip arthroscopy techniques allow us to fix hip labral tears and correct the issues that cause them through minimally invasive surgery.
Engagement in Richmond
I have the great privilege of caring for high level athletes in Richmond in several capacities. I serve as the Company Physician for the Nationally Recognized Richmond Ballet. Additionally, I am the Team Physician for Life Christian Academy whose athletic department has sent many young athletes to Division 1 programs and beyond. My community engagement also takes the form of consultation with 804SportsAssociation, Foot Work Academy and DefyGenetics.
Advancing the Field
I have been involved in ground-breaking research investigating ACL injury prevention, knee cartilage injury/surgery and the evaluation and treatment of sports hip injuries. I currently serve on the Editorial Board for the Arthroscopy Journal, one of the premier sports medicine academic journals. I am a columnist for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (CORR) and a grant reviewer for the J Robert Gladden Society (JRGOS)/ Orthopaedic Research and Education Fund (OREF) Health Disparities Grant.
Locally, I am the principal investigator (PI) for the Phase III FDA trial of the Novocart 3D (Aesculap) implant for the treatment of articular cartilage defects of the knee. You may contact our office if you would like to learn more about this trial.