Dr. Andrews is one of the founding members of Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Ala. He also is a founder of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), a non-profit institute dedicated to injury prevention, education and research in orthopaedics and sports medicine. This foundation is recognized as one of the world’s leaders in this field. Dr. Andrews continues to serve as chairman and medical director of ASMI. He has mentored more than 250 orthopaedic/sports medicine fellows and more than 45 primary care sports medicine fellows who have trained under him through the ASMI Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Andrews also is a founding partner and the medical director of the Andrews Institute, which is located in Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Dr. Andrews is internationally known and recognized for his skills as an orthopaedic surgeon, as well as his scientific and clinical research contributions in knee, shoulder and elbow injury prevention and treatment. In addition, he has made major presentations on every continent and has authored numerous scientific articles and books.
He graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) in Eunice, La., in 1963, where he was Southeastern Conference indoor and outdoor pole vault champion. He then graduated from LSU School of Medicine in 1967 and completed an orthopaedic residency at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1972. He had surgical fellowships in sports medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Va., in 1972 with Dr. Frank McCue III and at the University of Lyon in Lyon, France, in 1972 with the late professor Albert Trillat, MD, who is known as the Father of European Knee Surgery.
Dr. Andrews is a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is currently serving as the president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and was secretary of that board from May 2004 to May 2005. During his presidency with AOSSM, he worked with staff and influential business and athletic leaders to begin the development of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign. He serves as the co-campaign chair.
He also has served on the board of directors of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, as well as the International Knee Society. He is clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington-Fayette, Ky., and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, S.C. He has been awarded a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of West Alabama (formerly known as Livingston University) in Livingston, Ala., Doctor of Science degree from Troy University in Troy, Ala., and a Doctor of Science degree from Louisiana State University.
At present, Dr. Andrews serves as medical director for Intercollegiate Sports at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.; senior orthopaedic consultant for the University of Alabama; and Orthopaedic Consultant for the athletic teams of Troy University, University of West Alabama, Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala., and Grambling State University in Grambling, La. Dr. Andrews serves on the Medical and Safety Advisory Committee of USA Baseball and on the Board of Little League Baseball, Inc.
In the professional sports arena, Dr. Andrews is senior orthopaedic consultant for the Washington Redskins; medical director for the Tampa Bay Rays; and team physician for the Birmingham Barons Double A professional baseball team, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Dr. Andrews is also the co-medical director of the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
Previously, Dr. Andrews has been a member of the Sports Medicine Committee of the United States Olympic Committee having served during the last two quadrennia. He has also served on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards in Medical Aspects of Sports Committee.
Dr. Andrews was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and was named recipient of their Distinguished Sportsman Award in 1992. In 1996, Dr. Andrews was inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction. He was featured as one of LSU’s 2007 Southeastern Conference 75th Anniversary Stories of Character. In 2008, Dr. Andrews received the LSU Cox Communication Academic Center for Student-Athletes Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award and was inducted in the LSU College of Basic Science Hall of Distinction. In 2008, Dr. Andrews also was inducted into the State of Louisiana’s Sports Hall of Fame and was named recipient of the prestigious Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award. Dr. Andrews is a 2009 recipient of the “Live the Dream!” award presented by the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Homer, La., Dr. Andrews has called Birmingham home since 1986. He and his wife Jenelle have six children, Andy, Amy, Archie, Ashley, Amber and Abby and four grandchildren.