Dr. James Andrews
Dr. James Andrews is internationally known and recognized for his scientific and clinical research contributions in knee, shoulder and elbow injuries, as well as his skill as an orthopaedic surgeon.
Dr. Andrews is a founding partner and medical director for the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida. In addition, he is a founding member of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI).
Dr. Andrews has been the mentor for more than 250 orthopaedic/sports medicine fellows and more than 45 primary care sports medicine fellows. Involved in education and research in sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery, he has made major presentations on every continent, and has authored numerous scientific articles and books.
Dr. Andrews graduated from Louisiana State University in 1963, where he was Southeastern Conference indoor and outdoor pole vault champion. He completed LSU School of Medicine in 1967, and completed his orthopaedic residency at Tulane Medical School in 1972. He had surgical fellowships in sports medicine at the University of Virginia Medical School in 1972 with Dr. Frank McCue, III, and at the University of Lyon, Lyon, France in 1972 with the late professor Albert Trillat, M.D., who was known as the Father of European Knee Surgery.
Memberships, Academic Appointments & Accolades
Dr. Andrews is a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, and served as Secretary of that Board from May 2004 to May 2005. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Knee Society. He is Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Alabama Birmingham Medical School, the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the University of Kentucky Medical Center, and the University of South Carolina Medical School. He has been awarded a Doctor of Laws Degree from Livingston University, Doctor of Science Degree from Troy State University and a Doctor of Science Degree from Louisiana State University.
At present, Dr. Andrews serves as Co–Medical Director for Intercollegiate Sports at Auburn University. He is Senior Orthopaedic Consultant for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Alabama. He is the orthopaedic consultant for the athletic teams of Troy University, University of West Alabama, Tuskegee University and Grambling University.
Dr. Andrews and his wife, Jenelle have six children, Andy, Amy, Archie, Ashley, Amber, Abby and three grandchildren.
Yacht racing is one of Dr. Andrews’s keen interests. His 50–foot racing sloop, Abracadabra III, won the 1990 International 50–Foot Yacht Association World Cup. He has also won many other yacht racing off shore regattas. His offshore racing sloop Abracadabra was recently named one of the best 100 vessels of the twentieth century by Sail Magazine. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of Aloha Racing Foundation, an America’s Cup XXX Syndicate based in Honolulu, Hawaii, which challenged for the 2000 America’s Cup contested in Auckland, New Zealand. His other hobbies include golf and hunting.
Dr. Andrews’ Patient Philosophy
The Andrews Institute and its team members strive to provide our patients the best health care services available. The following, written by Dr. James Andrews, serves as our code of conduct and our promise to our patients.
The patient is always right.
Make the patient feel he is treated properly by his previous physician.
Do not say anything about another physician or another person, for that matter.
Always be open-minded.
Listen to the patient.
Do not be the first person to make the BIG statement.
Attitude, responsibility, knowledge, desire, availability are always necessary to be successful.
One must always be able to “read a patient”.
Physician must be confident with his diagnosis and surgical skills. His confidence is reflected back and perceived by patient.
Dr. Andrews’ Affiliations, Associations & Honors
- Senior Orthopaedic Consultant for the Washington Redskins Professional Football team.
- Medical Director for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Professional Baseball Team.
- Co–Medical Director for Intercollegiate Sports at Auburn University.
- Senior Orthopaedic Consultant for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Alabama.
- Orthopaedic consultant for the athletic teams of Troy University, University of West Alabama, Tuskegee University and Grambling University.
- Team physician for the Birmingham Barons Double A Professional Baseball Team, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
- Co–Medical Director of the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
- Member of the Sports Medicine Committee of the United States Olympic Committee.
- Former committee member of the NCAA Competitive Safeguards in Medical Aspects of Sports Committee.
- Current member of the Medical and Safety Advisory Committee of USA Baseball.
- National Medical Director of Benchmark Medical, Inc.
- Board of Directors member for FastHealth Corporation.
- Board of Directors member for Robins Morton Construction Company.
- Board of Trustees member for Troy University.
- Alabama Sports Hall of Fame inductee and was named recipient of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 1992 Distinguished Sportsman Award.
- Louisiana State University (LSU) Alumni Hall of Distinction. Inducted 1996.