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Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute Builds Leadership Pipeline

Over the last two decades, alumni of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program have played a significant leadership role in the nation's foremost sports medicine society. The legacy of the orthopaedic clinic continues this week with the installation of the fourth Kerlan-Jobe alumnus as president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).

To broaden its reach in sports medicine, Kerlan-Jobe partnered with Cedars-Sinai in 2014 to become the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute.

The current AOSSM president, Neal S. ElAttrache, MD, began his career as a Kerlan-Jobe fellow in 1990. ElAttrache is head physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Rams, and is co-chair of Medical Affairs at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute. He will be succeeded by another former Kerlan-Jobe fellow, James P. Bradley, MD, a leader in sports medicine research and head team orthopaedic surgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bradley takes over the presidency at the group's annual meeting in Boston, beginning July 11.

Bradley will be followed in 2020-2021 by former Kerlan-Jobe fellow Michael G. Ciccotti, MD, director of Sports Medicine at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute in Philadelphia. He also is a professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at Thomas Jefferson University, and head team physician for the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Joseph's University.

The leadership of Kerlan-Jobe in the society dates to 2001, when Clarence L. Shields Jr., MD, held the presidency. He is a former orthopaedic consultant to the Los Angeles Rams and currently practices at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute. Peter Indelicato, MD, another former fellow, was president of AOSSM in 2011. He is an emeritus professor of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida and served as a team physician for the Miami Dolphins.

"I'm proud that Kerlan-Jobe's fellowship program has produced physicians and researchers who have contributed immensely to the field of sports medicine and to the AOSSM," said ElAttrache, director of Sports Medicine for the Cedars-Sinai Department of Orthopaedics. "The annual meeting showcases the contributions to education, research and leadership in sports medicine. It is gratifying to see the Kerlan-Jobe program represented in such an important way."

The benefits of a fellowship program became clear in 1973 when Robert W. Kerlan, MD, and Frank J. Jobe, MD, established the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. Today, it is one of the country's largest programs, known for advancing research, medical education and leadership development in the field. Fellowships currently are available in primary care sports medicine, adult shoulder and elbow reconstruction, and sports neurology. Many former fellows have gone on to lead some of the country's most prestigious sports-medicine programs and serve as head physicians for a host of professional sports teams. Since partnering with Cedars-Sinai, Kerlan-Jobe physicians have extended these benefits by educating residents from the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program.

During this year's Boston gathering, Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute is sponsoring the presidential keynote speech by Olympic gymnast Madison Kocian to highlight the important role physicians play in advocating for athletes. The gymnast was part of the gold medal-winning team dubbed the "Final Five" at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and won an individual silver medal in the uneven bars. She currently attends UCLA, where she is studying psychology and competes on the women's gymnastics team. Upon completion of her degree at UCLA, she hopes to become a pediatric orthopaedic physician's assistant.

The AOSSM annual meeting runs from July 11 to July 14.