I’m an orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist, and author of That's Gotta Hurt: The Injuries That Changed Sports Forever providing education and commentary on sports and exercise injuries, injury treatment and prevention to help you stay healthy and perform your best!
This is a personal website where I share eBooks, video training and courses for athletes, parents, coaches and healthcare professionals.
I started writing articles in August 2010 as a hobby. My goal at the time was simple. I wanted to share sports medicine and wellness information in easy-to-understand language for athletes, parents, coaches and other healthcare providers. The blog would also serve as a forum where readers could share questions and ideas.
What I never expected in 2010 was the passion I discovered for communicating this information. Despite long hours in clinic and surgery, I came home excited to open my laptop and write. That passion has created opportunities I never expected. I now write a regular newspaper column, produce a weekly sports medicine podcast and write for many publications and websites.
People often ask me why I chose sports medicine and orthopedic surgery as a career. The answer is simple. I love seeing the joy on my patients’ faces when I tell them that they can return to their sport or exercise. Fitness and sports are not just important for physical health. They are often a huge part of the lives and happiness of people of all ages.
While you might not be a patient in my orthopedic surgery practice, I want the injury treatment, prevention, health and wellness information I share to help you in the same way.
I am an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Charleston, South Carolina. I recently started my own practice after spending eight years as director of sports medicine at an academic medical center.
I hold a board certification from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in Orthopaedic Surgery as well as a subspecialty certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.
Currently I serve as the Communications Council Chair for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Board of Directors. I also serve as Chairman of the Publications committee for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). I serve on the Medical Aspects of Sports committee for the South Carolina Medical Association. I have previously served on the Outreach committee for the STOP Sports Injuries campaign and as the Chairman of the Public Relations committee for AOSSM.
Education of healthcare professionals who treat athletes is extremely important to me. Therefore, I am actively involved with sports medicine journals and health publications. I am a member of the editorial board of the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine: An Open Access Journal for Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy and Knee Arthroplasty and Outpatient Surgery Magazine. I am a principal reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine and a reviewer for Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach.
Professional and other elite athletes provide an amazing opportunity to work with individuals with unmatched strength, speed, and ability. It has been a honor to serve as Chief Tournament Physician for the Family Circle Cup women’s professional tennis tournament for seven years. I have also served as head team physician for the Charleston Battery professional soccer team. I have also served as a physician for USA Rugby and the U.S. women’s national soccer team during their appearances in Charleston. In my sports medicine fellowship, I worked with the medical teams who provided care for the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Rams.
In my practice, I treat athletes of all ages and skills levels. While I treat musculoskeletal injuries throughout the body, I particularly focus on knee and shoulder injuries and the arthroscopic surgeries to treat them. I am also especially passionate about youth sports injuries. I work to prevent them in any way I can, both in my practice and through speaking and writing opportunities.
I am grateful for the opportunities to write content for other publications. I never started writing content for this blog for that purpose. Having said that, I am honored to be able to share sports medicine and health information to much larger audiences. Currently I write a regular newspaper column for The Post and Courier. I have contributed articles as the Orthopedics Category Expert for Answers.com. I have written articles and columns for Bleacher Report, STOP Sports Injuries, Be Active Your Way, Outpatient Surgery Magazine, Becker’s Orthopedic Review and others.
Just as I love explaining sports injuries and other sports medicine and wellness topics in my office and writing about them on my blog, I am grateful to have opportunities to do it for television, radio, newspapers, and online media. Some of the larger publications for whom I have done interviews include USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Post, CNN, NBC News, ABC News, Huffington Post, US News & World Report, The Atlantic, Forbes, Business Week, Bloomberg, The Associated Press, Reuters Health, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPNw, The MLB Radio Network, NASCAR, NBC Sports Radio, SiriusXM Radio, Health Magazine, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, Popular Mechanics, Prevention, MSN Healthy Living, Marie Claire, Livestrong, WebMD, and Real Simple.
Please go to my Media page for examples of some of the interviews I have done as well as a detailed list of interviews and media appearances over the last few years.