Dr. James Andrews: The Superman Of Sports Medicine

Since 1985 the name James Andrews has been synonymous with sports surgery. Specializing in arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Andrews has operated successfully on everyone from Drew Brees to John Cena.

When an athlete has a shoulder or knee problem, he’s the specialist they see first. You’ve probably read his name before and didn’t even realize it! Performing surgeries on NFL, MLB, NBA, PGA, and WWE stars has created a long list of clients. In 2001 he operated on two of the dirtiest NBA stars of all time.

Roger Clemens – 1985, Shoulder

Photo Credit: Focus on Sport/Getty Images
Photo Credit: Focus on Sport/Getty Images

Roger Clemens was one of the first notable athletes that Dr. James Andrews performed arthroscopic surgery on. In 1985, Clemens was dealing with extreme shoulder discomfort in his throwing shoulder. Not happy with the diagnosis team doctors gave him, Clemens went to Andrews for a second opinion.

Andrews told Clemens he had a torn labrum and required surgery. The minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure had Clemens back on the mound in eight months. He recommended Andrews to fellow athletes and friends. Almost overnight athletes filled Andrews’ office, and his iconic image as a player’s doctor was born.