Kerlan-Jobe physician

About the Practice

Our History

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 Of Medicine.

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 sports medicine 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.