The Athletes' Doctor
When Dr. Robert K. Kerlan started his private practice in 1950, the field
of "sports medicine" was not yet recognized as a specialty.
Like many orthopedists, however, Dr. Kerlan had an avid interest in sports.
When the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958, he was named their
team physician and began a career spent perfecting the science of sports
medicine. As Dr. Kerlan's private practice expanded, he began working
as an orthopedic consultant to several other professional teams in a variety
of sports including hockey, basketball, football, and horse racing, all
while continuing to teach at the University of Southern California School
In 1965, his friend and former colleague at Los Angeles County General
Hospital, Dr. Frank W. Jobe offered to help Dr. Kerlan with his overwhelming
workload. The resulting clinic was co-founded in 1965 as the Southwestern
Orthopaedic Medical Group located in Inglewood, California. In 1985, the
name was changed to the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.
The Pioneering Spirit
The medical experts at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic have gained both
national and international recognition as pioneers in the field of sports
medicine. Since the founding of the Clinic, they have had a profound effect
on the training and exercise routines of
professional athletes in nearly every type of sport. As a result of many years of specialized
treatment, research, and education, the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic
has also succeeded in meeting the needs of the many people from all walks of life.
As a preeminent center for research and education in both orthopedics and
sports medicine, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic has established itself
as a pioneer in medical breakthroughs. Our physicians have been responsible
for developing advanced surgical methods and procedures to enhance treatment,
rehabilitation, and recovery for their patients.
Tradition of Excellence
In 1973, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic established the first accredited
fellowship. The program has grown to become one of the country's largest and
most respected programs of its kind. Each year, the program provides intensive
training and research for more than a dozen of the nation's finest
young doctors, which is a fitting tribute to its founder, Dr. Kerlan.