Sports medicine collaboration announced

Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Robert Quinn, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, initiated the collaboration to form the new UT Medicine Sports Medicine Institute.  clear graphic
Robert Quinn, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, initiated the collaboration to form the new UT Medicine Sports Medicine Institute.  

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Contact: Catherine Duncan, 210-567-2570

SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 4, 2012) — Some of San Antonio’s best orthopaedic physicians ― doctors who specialize in sports medicine surgery, patient care and rehabilitation ― are joining forces under the new UT Medicine Sports Medicine Institute.

This collaboration brings together faculty from UT Medicine San Antonio, the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, with physicians from Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio.

Sports Medicine Associates is known for serving as the official doctors to the San Antonio Spurs, San Antonio Rampage, San Antonio Silver Stars, San Antonio Missions baseball club and area collegiate athletic teams.

Win-win for education and patient care
Robert Quinn, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Health Science Center, said the new collaboration is bringing together the best and the brightest to care for athletes from the Spurs to college football players to student athletes of all ages.

“The institute helps us share our strengths and knowledge. By doing so, we can provide doctors in training from the Health Science Center the opportunity to learn from a vast array of sports medicine specialists. Our residents and medical students will attain invaluable knowledge of sports medicine as they help care for professional and non-professional athletes,” he said.

Well-known experts
Matthew Murray, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon and an assistant clinical professor of orthopaedic sports medicine surgery, said doctors at Sports Medicine Associates are the most well-known orthopaedists in town.

“They have established their practice as the go-to place for sports injuries in this area. We will have them as consultants and teachers for our students. Our sports medicine fellows and residents will be working with Dr. (David R.) Schmidt and his colleagues. Our students will receive a more comprehensive experience in sports medicine,” Dr. Murray said.

He calls the new institute an “umbrella for people who need accessible and readily available care. Both entities already have state-of-the-art equipment, MRIs and physical therapy equipment.”

Improve level of care throughout South Texas
David R. Schmidt, M.D., an orthopaedic knee surgeon with Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio, hails the collaboration as a win-win for all involved.

“This will substantially improve the sports medicine experience for residents and fellows who are studying orthopaedics at the Health Science Center. They will learn from all the doctors involved. In the end, this collaboration will result in better-trained sports medicine doctors throughout this area,” said Dr. Schmidt, who received his medical degree and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Health Science Center.

Opportunity to share knowledge
Ralph Curtis, M.D., an orthopaedic shoulder surgeon with Sports Medicine Associates who also received his medical degree and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Health Science Center, said it is great to be able to give back to the university by working with the residents and fellows.

“This collaboration is Dr. Quinn’s brainstorm. He is right on the money. It is a wonderful way to better train the residents and fellows. The collaboration will allow (residents and fellows) to gain experience in sports medicine on all levels. Usually, they do not have this opportunity when they are working at University Hospital where they see primarily trauma patients,” he said.

The UT Medicine Sports Medicine Institute will create first-class sports medicine training and patient care in the San Antonio area, Dr. Curtis added.

Three locations for care
Patients treated as part of the new institute will be seen at the Sports Medicine Associates’ offices at 21 Spurs Lane in the medical center and at 5921 Broadway in Alamo Heights, as well as UT Medicine San Antonio’s orthopaedics clinic on the third floor of the Medical Arts & Research Center, 8300 Floyd Curl Drive.

To schedule an appointment at UT Medicine San Antonio, call 210-450-9300. To schedule an appointment with Sports Medicine Associates, call 210-699-8326.

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