Doctor James Andrews is one of the founding members of Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also a founder of the American Sports Medicine Institute, (ASMI) a non-profit institute dedicated to injury prevention, education and research in orthopaedics and sports medicine. This foundation is recognized as one of the world's leaders in this field. Doctor Andrews continues to serve as Chairman and Medical Director of ASMI. He has mentored more than 250 orthopaedic/sports medicine Fellows and more than 45 primary care sports medicine Fellows who have trained under him through the ASMI Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. Doctor Andrews is also a founding partner and the Medical Director of the Andrews Institute, which is located in Gulf Breeze, Florida.
Doctor Andrews is internationally known and recognized for his skills as an orthopaedic surgeon as well as his scientific and clinic research contributions in knee, shoulder and elbow injury prevention and treatment. In addition, he has made major presentations on every continent, and has authored numerous scientific articles and books.
Doctor Andrews graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) 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 School of Medicine in 1972 with Doctor Frank McCue, III and at the University of Lyon, Lyon, France in 1972 with the late professor Albert Trillat, M.D., who is known as the Father of European Knee Surgery.
Doctor Andrews is a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is President-Elect of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and was 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 as well as 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 University and a Doctor of Science Degree from Louisiana State University.
At present, Doctor Andrews serves as Medical Director for Intercollegiate Sports at Auburn University; Senior Orthopaedic Consultant for the University of Alabama; and Orthopaedic Consultant for the athletic teams of Troy University, University of West Alabama, Tuskegee University and Grambling University. Dr. Andrews serves on the Medical and Safety Advisory Committee of USA Baseball and on the Board of Little League Baseball, Inc.
In the professional sports arena, Dr. Andrews is Senior Orthopaedic Consultant for the Washington Redskins Professional Football Team.; Medical Director for the Tampa Bay Rays Professional Baseball Team; and team physician for the Birmingham Barons Double A Professional Baseball Team, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Dr. Andrews is the Co-Medical Director of the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
Previously, Dr. Andrews has been a member of the Sports Medicine Committee of the United States Olympic Committee having served during the last two quadrennial. He has also served on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards in Medical Aspects of Sports Committee.
Dr. Andrews serves on the Board of Directors of FastHealth Corporation and Robins Morton Construction Company. He serves as the National Medical Director for Physiotherapy Associates, a national outpatient rehabilitation provider. He is also a member of Troy University's Board of Trustees.
Doctor Andrews was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and was named recipient of their Distinguished Sportsman Award in 1992. In 1996, Doctor Andrews was inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction. He was featured as one of LSU's 2007 Southeastern Conference 75th Anniversary Stories of Character. In 2008, Dr. Andrews received the LSU Cox Communication Academic Center for Student-Athletes Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award and was inducted in the LSU College of Basic Science Hall of Distinction. In 2008, Dr. Andrews was also inducted into the State of Louisiana's Sports Hall of Fame and was named recipient of the prestigious Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award. Dr. Andrews is a 2009 recipient of the "Live the Dream!" award presented by the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce. Doctor Andrews was presented the 2009 Distinguished American Award by the Auburn Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
A native of Homer, Louisiana, Dr. Andrews has called Birmingham home since 1986. He and his wife, Jenelle have six children, Andy, Amy, Archie, Ashley, Amber, Abby and four grandchildren.
Yacht racing is one of Doctor Andrews' keen interests. His 50-foot racing sloop Abracadabra III, won the 1990 International 50-foot Yacht Association World Cup and was named one of the best 100 vessels of the twentieth century by Sail Magazine. He has also won many other yacht racing offshore regattas. Dr. Andrews served as President and Chairman of the Board of Aloha Racing Foundation, an America's Cup 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.