Dr James Andrews National Medical Director

-Internationally acclaimed orthopaedic surgeon to help strengthen focus on sports injury prevention, education and safety for athletes.

(09.14.17) Birmingham, Ala.: Champion Sports Medicine is pleased to announce its parent company, Select Medical, recently named James R. Andrews, M.D., its new national medical director within its Outpatient Division. As part of the Select Medical Outpatient Division family of brands, Champion will partner with Dr. Andrews on a vast array of sports injury prevention, education and safety protocols for athletes.

"Champion Sports Medicine is very fortunate to have the tremendous opportunity to partner with Dr. Andrews," said Kevin Wilk, P.T., DPT, FAPTA, associate clinical director for Champion Sports Medicine. "Dr. Andrews and I have worked together for decades, but this formal partnership will assist us in furthering our mission to be the leader in sports rehabilitation, injury prevention and sports medicine research."

Dr. Andrews is recognized for his scientific and clinical research contributions in knee, shoulder and elbow injuries, as well as his skill as an orthopaedic surgeon. He gained global recognition for conducting successful surgeries on hundreds of professional and amateur athletes, including Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, Drew Brees and Jack Nicklaus. He currently serves as a team doctor for the NFL's Washington Redskins and Auburn University. Dr. Andrews has been the mentor for more than 250 orthopaedic/sports medicine fellows and more than 45 primary care sports medicine fellows. Involved in education and research in sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery, he has made major presentations on every continent and has authored numerous scientific articles and books.

As Select Medical's medical director, Dr. Andrews will work with Champion Sports Medicine and other notable brands within the Outpatient Division, including NovaCare Rehabilitation, Select Physical Therapy and KORT, to provide sports medicine expertise and support to help ensure patients are getting cutting-edge programs and services. He will develop and present educational materials and presentations, make appearances via virtual technology on hot topics in sports medicine and review and assist in the development of orthopaedic diagnosis rehabilitation protocols. In addition, Dr. Andrew's will conduct educational sessions to Select Medical's clinical staff in the proper utilization of approved rehabilitation protocols and identification and development of preventative programs to minimize injuries, as well as provide expertise and support in the development of injury prevention initiatives.

"I am very proud to partner with Select Medical and Champion Sports Medicine," said Dr. Andrews. "As a long-time member of the Birmingham community, I have observed the clinical excellence and unmatched expertise that Champion Sports Medicine provides to the people of this region. I am honored to be aligned with such an outstanding organization." For more information on Dr. Andrews, please visit

About Champion Sports Medicine
Founded in 2004 by Kevin Wilk, P.T., DPT, FAPTA, Champion Sports Medicine is a known leader in sports medicine and part of the Select Medical Outpatient Division, a nationally prominent, locally driven provider of outpatient physical rehabilitation. Champion's comprehensive sports medicine network is the largest in the state of Alabama with 25 outpatient centers, 50 licensed athletic trainers, 50 physical therapists and five collegiate and 40 high school partnerships. Through our years of commitment to the physicians, coaches and patients of Alabama, Champion Sports Medicine is the chosen provider of some of the top local and professional athletes and #WhereTheProsGo for physical therapy services.

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About Select Medical
Select Medical began operations in 1997 and has grown to be one of the largest operators of specialty hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation centers and occupational health centers in the United States based on the number of facilities. As of June 30, 2017, Select Medical operated 102 long-term acute care hospitals and 21 acute medical rehabilitation hospitals in 28 states and 1,608 outpatient rehabilitation centers in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Select Medical's joint venture subsidiary Concentra operated 315 centers in 38 states. Concentra also provides contract services at employer worksites and Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient centers. At June 30, 2017, Select Medical had operations in 46 states and the District of Columbia.

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