<P>I 14 TULANE | MEDICINE FALL 2013 tulane.edu/som If youre still talking about what you did yesterday, then you are not doing much today. Its a phrase he has heard from his wife throughout his career. But for Dr. James Andrews, the words are more than just sound advice. They have shaped his remarkable career in sports medicine. And now this former Tulane resident is focused on a new challenge: tackling youth sports injuries. Sports fans might recognize Andrews name because they have heard ESPN anchors refer to him or have seen his frequent cameos in various newspapers or magazines. But these references are only a small part of Andrews reach in the world of sports. He treats or has treated players on nearly every team and in nearly every sport. In 2010 Andrews was the only doctor to be named among the top 40 most powerful people in the NFL by Sports Illustrated. His resume includes a whos who of the most famous athletes in the world. Drew Brees, Troy Aikman, Roger Clemens, Kerri Strug, Brett Favre, Terrell Owens, Emmitt Smith, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Charles Barkley, Bo Jackson and the Manning brothers are just a few of his notable patients. MAKING THE TULANE CONNECTION Andrews love of both sports and medicine harkens back to his roots in Homer, La. His grandfather, a farmer and self-taught country doctor, would rock him on their front porch and call Andrews his young doctor. From his father, he inherited a love of sports and eventually attended Louisiana State University on a track scholarship. Andrews ?ourished as a pole-vaulter and won the 1963 Southeastern Conference championship. Although he ended his athletic career early to enter medical school, he now makes it his mission to extend the playing careers of other athletes. Andrews says the seed was planted early on to become a physician. Combining medicine with his love of sports, his dream was to be a team physician. To do that, he pursued a residency in orthopaedics at Tulane University School of Medicine. During his second year of residency, Andrews learned of Dr. Jack Hughston while watching slides during a regular Friday afternoon class. Hughston was a pioneer in the emerging ?eld of sports medicine, and Andrews was immediately impressed. Andrews approached Dr. Jack Wickstrom, chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, to see if he could facilitate a meeting between himself and the longtime Auburn University team doctor. The meeting was set and during his third year of residency, Andrews traveled to Columbus, Ga., to train full-time for one year of his residency with Hughston. After completing his residency, Wickstrom pushed Andrews to continue his training. Although it wasnt common at the time for residents to pursue fellowships, Wickstrom and Hughston put Andrews in contact with Dr. Frank C. McCue at the University of Virginia to learn about the upper extremities, since most of sports medicine at the time was focused on knee injuries. Following six months of training in Virginia, Wickstrom and Hughston then sent Andrews to work with Dr. Albert Trillat, known as the father of European knee surgery, in Lyon, France. Those experiences and training really set me up in the sports medicine world, Andrews says. If it hadnt been for Jack Wickstrom and Tulane orthopaedics, I probably wouldnt have been able to get the training I did in sports medicine. Andrews felt it was important to connect back where his training began. Even with his hectic schedule, he ?nds time for the Tulane orthopaedics department as a clinical professor in orthopaedic surgery and lecturer to the current residents. He has also agreed to serve as one of the schools esteemed members of the Tulane School of Medicine Board of Governors. PIONEERING PROCEDURES AND PATIENT CARE Following his training, Andrews worked with Dr. Hughston in Georgia, where he was able to use those upper extremities skills and work with pitchers and throwers. He perfected the use of arthroscopy, then an experimental technique that Andrews now refers to as one of the biggest revelations in sports medicine. Arthroscopy involves inserting a long metal rod—sometimes equipped with camera and light, sometimes with instruments for cutting and stitching—into the injured area. Andrews became one of the ?rst surgeons to ?x labral and rotator-cuff tears using the procedure. After working with Hughston for 13 years, Andrews set up his practice in Birmingham, Ala. He now has centers in both Birmingham and Gulf Breeze, Fla. The Andrews Clinic in Birmingham and the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine see nearly 40,000 patients annually. Andrews credits his success to his ability to talk to patients on their level—not in doctor talk. When asked how he can relate so well to the worlds most notable athletes, Andrews says he is always truthful and focuses on listening. He has an extreme commitment to customer service and makes himself available to athletes, agents, parents and coaches around the clock—much to the chagrin of his wife, Jenelle. Shes not always happy when Im getting phone calls and were out to eat or at home about to sit down to supper, he says. Andrews understood early on that being available to clients would create a reputation of accessibility. He also knew that taking care of high-school, college and minor-league athletes would create a network of referrals. These young athletes eventually worked their way up to the pros and told all of their teammates to visit Dr. Andrews. Today his work regime is nonstop, with countless phone calls and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on the sidelines as team </p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/3/3/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/4/4/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/5/5/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/6/6/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/7/7/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/8/8/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/9/9/">Page-9</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/10/10/">Page-10</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/11/11/">Page-11</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/12/12/">Page-12</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/13/13/">Page-13</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/14/14/">Page-14</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/15/15/">Page-15</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/16/16/">Page-16</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/17/17/">Page-17</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/18/18/">Page-18</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/19/19/">Page-19</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/20/20/">Page-20</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/21/21/">Page-21</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/22/22/">Page-22</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/23/23/">Page-23</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/24/24/">Page-24</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/25/25/">Page-25</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/26/26/">Page-26</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/27/27/">Page-27</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/28/28/">Page-28</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/29/29/">Page-29</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/30/30/">Page-30</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/31/31/">Page-31</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/297/wqtaigylu/32/32/">Back-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publications/297/x/sitemap.xml" target="_blank">site map</a></LI> </UL>

 

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