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 orthopaedists, 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 orthopaedic 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, now Cedars-Sinai
Kerlan-Jobe Institute, 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 institute
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, Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute 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.