Sports Medicine Fellowships: Once a Rarity, Now Everywhere

Dr. Samuel Brown began his career in orthopaedics with a prestigious sports medicine fellowship after completing six years of surgical residency at Duke Medical Center.

“There weren’t a lot of sports medicine fellowships then – not like today where there are 15 or 20 ones nationally. I worked at the the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic, where many professional athletes were treated. It was fun but a lot of pressure. I learned a tremendous amount that helps me even today,” Dr. Brown said.

The Kerlan-Jobe clinic was started by an orthopaedic surgeon and avid sports fan, Dr. Robert Kerlan, who joined with his colleague Dr. Frank Jobe to create the practice. In 1973, the clinic established the FIRST accredited sports medicine fellowship. Dr. Brown was a fellow there from 1985 to 1986. After his sports medicine fellowship, he began working in private practice as an orthopaedic surgeon.

While the field of orthopedics has gotten more sophisticated, with new treatment options, new materials and new surgical techniques, it remains a field focused on preventative care, encouragement and rehabilitation.

Dr. Brown is an orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicine, surgery of the shoulder and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, practicing in Southeastern Virginia with Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center.

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