Meet the specialists
Dr. Neal ElAttrache
Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Los Angeles
Specialty: Knee, shoulder and elbow
ElAttrache has operated on a number of athletes, including reconstructing the knee of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2008. He is the team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers and orthopedic consultant to the Anaheim Ducks, the St. Louis Rams, the PGA Tour, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Kings.
Methodist Sports Medicine, Indianapolis
Specialty: Foot and ankle
Porter has served as a consultant to the Indianapolis Colts, the NFL combine and USA Gymnastics. He has treated a number of professional athletes, including Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney and former NBA player Devean George, among others.
Dr. Anthony Miniaci
Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center, Cleveland
Specialty: Knee and shoulder reconstruction, cartilage resurfacing
Miniaci has treated a number of NFL and NHL players, including quarterback Carson Palmer and defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen. He has served as the head team physician for the Cleveland Browns and has worked as a consultant to the NHL Players’ Association and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dr. James R. Andrews
Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Birmingham, Ala.
Specialty: Knee, shoulder, elbow
Andrews is internationally known for his skills as an orthopedic surgeon and has mentored more than 250 doctors specializing in sports medicine. Some of the most famous past clients include Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Charles Barkley, Roger Clemens and Adrian Peterson. He serves as a consultant to the Washington Redskins, medical director for the Tampa Bay Rays and co-medical director of the LPGA.
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
Carlson repaired a torn ligament in Metta World Peace’s left thumb in 2008, when the player was known as Ron Artest. She also repaired a torn ligament in Dallas Mavericks center Brendan Haywood’s wrist, when he was with the Washington Wizards.
Dr. William Meyers
Core Performance Physicians, Philadelphia
Specialty: Sports hernias
Meyers has spent 25 years pioneering the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of sports hernias. He has evaluated more than 11,000 patients with groin injuries, including NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL players, and Olympic athletes. Quarterback Donovan McNabb and cornerback Terence Newman are among the professional athletes Meyers has treated.
Co-Director, Marina Spine Center at Marina Del Rey Hospital, Marina Del Rey, Calif.
Specialty: Spine and neck
Watkins was in the news this year after he operated on Peyton Manning’s neck and cleared him to play again in the NFL. He also has operated on Troy Aikman, Joe Montana and Randy Johnson, and has treated Wayne Gretzky. Watkins has served as a consultant to many professional sports teams over 25 years, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings and PGA Tour.
D.I.S.C. Sports and Spine Center
Newport Beach, Calif.
Specialty: Range of sports injuries
The D.I.S.C. Center employs 36 doctors, all of whom are sports medicine specialists, to treat a variety of injuries, including spine disorders and orthopedic issues. D.I.S.C. physicians use minimally invasive surgery and all surgery is done on an outpatient basis. D.I.S.C. is the official medical service provider for the U.S. Olympic Committee and has a partnership with the Los Angeles Kings.
Note: Treatment to specific athletes based on published reports.