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Lead Orthopaedic Team Surgeon - San Antonio Spurs & The University of Texas Health San Antonio
Position: Lead Orthopaedic Team Surgeon
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Reporting Relationship: Senior Director Player Performance & Wellness for the San Antonio Spurs & Division Chief, Sports Medicine at UT Health San Antonio
Purpose of the Position
The University of Texas Health at San Antonio and the San Antonio Spurs are seeking a fellowship trained Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon to be the Lead Orthopaedic Team Surgeon for the San Antonio Spurs and a physician faculty member at UT Health San Antonio.
The Lead Orthopaedic Team Surgeon will be part of a multidisciplinary San Antonio Spurs performance team consisting of other orthopaedic surgeons and physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, sports scientists, performance nutritionists, and sports psychologists, working collaboratively to manage the wellbeing of the players with an emphasis on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance optimization.
The Lead Orthopaedic Team Surgeon will be joining as the Spurs are undergoing a reorganization and want to ensure that the players continue to receive best-in-class service. This new league-leading integrative structure will allow for the Lead Orthopaedic Team Surgeon to partner and collaborate with the Senior Director of Player Performance & Wellness, the Medical Director of Sports Medicine, and the Directors of Performance Therapy & Athletic Training, as well as coordinate care amongst the team orthopaedic specialists as well as outside orthopaedic consultants.
As an integral part of the Spurs future around player care and performance, the Rock at La Cantera opened in the fall of 2023 as a global center of discovery, focused on the advancement of human performance and having a transformative impact on the communities served.
The Rock at La Cantera is a legacy project that reinforces the Spurs and Spurs Sports and Entertainment’s long-term commitment to the community and their desire to ensure future growth and development in San Antonio. The project is building a space for the community to enjoy, for businesses to prosper and ultimately to facilitate research and advancements in human performance that can benefit everyone who lives here. The Rock at La Cantera is the home of the new state-of-the-art Victory Capital Performance Center, the Spurs’ practice facility, and will be the future home for medical, hospitality and commercial uses, which shall include a human performance research center. The human performance research center will cultivate leaders and foster experiential best practices across all aspects of human performance. Human factors and disciplines to be examined will include, but are not limited to, skill development and coaching, nutrition, recovery, psychological and neurological domains, medicine as pertains to optimizing injury and performance, technology, life skills, creativity, human spirituality and the x-factor, i.e., grit and resiliency.
This is an exciting time of change and opportunity for the San Antonio Spurs, UT Health San Antonio, and their partnership. In addition to supporting the existing high standards of elite care for the San Antonio Spurs, the Sports Performance Specialist will be part of a collegial effort to enable the Spurs and UT Health San Antonio to become an international leader in human performance.
Lead Orthopaedic Team Surgeon for the San Antonio Spurs would consist of:
Faculty appointment in the Department of Orthopaedics at UT Health San Antonio.
Full-time position: estimated 20% time with the San Antonio Spurs, 80% time in clinical responsibilities at UT Health San Antonio.
San Antonio Spurs
Serve as the Lead Orthopaedic Team Surgeon for the San Antonio Spurs which includes the following responsibilities:
Daily in-person and on-call availability for orthopaedic injury assessment and follow-ups, sometimes at non-traditional hours (e.g., during or after a road game).
Attendance at home games (>60% is an NBA requirement) and assigning appropriate backup scheduling in consultation with head team physician.
Take a leadership role in fostering collaboration and communication with radiologists, and among orthopedic surgeons within the UT Health system and external doctors (i.e., 2nd opinions), to achieve the best possible patient outcomes (diagnostic and treatment) and organizational goals (contextualized decision-making).
Apply contextualized decision-making skills to analyze complex situations, adapt strategies, and make informed choices that align with the specific needs and challenges of the patient and the organization, ensuring optimal outcomes.
Develop, in collaboration with the health and performance team, agreed upon best practice protocols for common interventions using the best available medical evidence to treat acute, acute on chronic, and chronic injuries.
Willingness to travel with team as needed (e.g., playoffs, overseas games, all-star weekend, NBA combine, select road trips).
Direct involvement with Draft and Free Agency recruiting processes, timely medical intelligence gathering, reading and interpreting images, and medical grading.
Educating staff (performance, coaching, front office, etc.) on specific medical topics, where required (e.g., understanding reports, assessments, healing/physiological processes, etc.).
Assist in referring player families and staff health needs within the UT Health network.
UT Health San Antonio
Serve as a Physician Faculty member with the following responsibilities:
Evaluation and treatment of patients with sports injuries and musculoskeletal complaints while providing direct patient care in the UT Health clinic and/or in association with coverage of other sports teams.
Be actively involved in, and committed to, an academic practice (including research and membership/leadership in national sports medicine societies) to ensure involvement and knowledge of current and future best practices.
Be actively involved in resident mentoring and medical student teaching opportunities.
The academic rank and salary will be dependent on the individual's qualifications.
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team, competing in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The franchise has won five NBA Championship titles and six Conference titles.
The University of Texas Health San Antonio
UT Health San Antonio is a leading academic health center with a mission to make lives better through excellence in advanced academics, life-saving research and comprehensive clinical care. Strategies for achieving this mission are: educating a diverse student body to become excellent health care providers and scientists; engaging in research to understand health and disease; commercializing discoveries, as appropriate, to benefit the public; providing compassionate and culturally proficient health care; engaging our community to improve health; and influencing thoughtful advances in health policy.
UT Health is a dynamic and rapidly expanding health science center with six professional schools (medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions graduate school of biomedical sciences, and public health) with missions of education, clinical care, research and community service. With a budget of nearly $1.5 billion dollars, a work force of 7,100 and a research portfolio of approximately $400 million, UT Health is quickly rising in prominence among academic medical centers in the United States.
UT Health Department of Orthopaedics
Founded by Charles Rockwood, Jr. MD in 1966 as a Division of General Surgery, Department status was attained in 1983. Under Dr. Rockwood’s leadership, the Department has fostered the development of many leaders in orthopaedic surgery, and a few legends including Dr. Rockwood himself, Dr. Kaye Wilkins, Dr. David Green, Dr. Jesse DeLee, and Dr. James Heckman, to name only a few. The textbook and teaching contributions of Drs. Rockwood, Wilkins, and Green have defined injury treatment from accident scene to recovery for over a generation.
The Department continues to grow and at present has more than 25 full-time faculty, with expertise in almost every sub-specialty in Orthopaedics. It is routinely ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top 50 Orthopaedic Programs in the United States.
Experience and Professional Qualifications
Candidates for the position must be a duly licensed physician who, as of their hiring date: i) is board certified and fellowship trained in their field of medical expertise; ii) has at least five years of post-fellowship clinical experience; and iii) has successfully completed an accredited fellowship in sports medicine or has a Certification of Added Qualification (CAQ) in sports medicine.
Candidates for the position must hold a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or foreign US-equivalent degree and have completed an Orthopaedic Surgery residency and a Sports Medicine fellowship.
Candidates must possess or be able to obtain, no later than September 1st, 2024, a Texas Medical License, be board certified and also have aSubspecialty Certificate in Sports Medicine.
Must hold a certification in Basic Life Support (BLS), Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), or Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS).
The physician will be part of a multidisciplinary performance team working collaboratively to manage the wellbeing of the players with an emphasis on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance optimization.
5+ years of professional experience post-fellowship is required.
10+ years of professional experience with 5+ years involved in professional or collegiate sports is preferred.
Outstanding interpersonal and team-building skills with an exceptional bedside manner to interact effectively and harmoniously with people and patients: humble, good teammate, and outstanding communicator.
Demonstrated expertise and a regional or national reputation in orthopaedic sports medicine.
Effective handling of crises, emergencies, and pressure.
Ability to be adaptive and flexible.
Proficiency in Information Systems, including on-line databases and patient management systems, dashboards, reports, image viewers to help manage the player-patient.
Maintain strict confidentiality of patient medical records and personal information in compliance with all relevant healthcare privacy laws and regulations, such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), as well as with protocols outlined within the NBA, NBAPA and the San Antonio Spurs organization.
Availability to serve within the NBA medical community in mutually agreed upon roles or committees that are beneficial to the club as well as to the greater good of sports medicine.