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Renowned sports surgeon, Lewis Yocum, who preserved and extended the careers of countless professional baseball players passed away on May 28 at the age of 65. To so many of those who knew him, he was a beloved colleague, a respected mentor, and a loyal friend. Dr. Yocum served as the head team physician for the Los Angeles Angels for 36 years. During that time he played a pivotal role in the development of the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association serving as a member of the Executive Board, as Vice President, and as President. His initiative, foresight and guidance helped to shape our organization and foster its role in advancing the care of professional baseball players. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig described Dr. Yocum as “a giant in the field of sports medicine” and “an invaluable resource to not only the Angels franchise but players throughout all of Major League Baseball, team physicians and the members of the Professional Baseball Athletics Trainers Society”. Mr. Selig added, “throughout the last 36 years, the lives and careers of countless players benefited from his pioneering expertise, and he made our game on the field better as a result.”

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By Peter Schmuck

 

Pioneering orthopedic surgeon Frank Jobe, who invented and performed the first elbow ligament reconstruction surgery on Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tommy John in 1974, will be recognized for his contribution to Major League Baseball at this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y.

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Dr. Frank W. Jobe has dedicated his life to the clinical practice and science of maintaining and restoring the health of athletes. For 40 years, Dr. Jobe served as the team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers and has directly influenced the careers of thousands of athletes. His pioneering contributions to baseball medicine have been recognized by athletes, professional teams, media, the public, the medical community. Dr. Jobe has defined the concept of sports medicine through his commitment to clinical excellence, dedication to research, and education has trained of over two hundred fellows. This past December 1, 2012, the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) inducted Dr. Frank Jobe into the PBATS hall of fame

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The Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association (MLBTPA) is an organization of physicians dedicated to the care of professional baseball players, their families and associated staff.  Its member are professionals, board certified in Sports Medicine, Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, Dermatology, and many other medical specialties.  Founded in 1970 by a small group of doctors the organization has evolved to over 100 members many of whom are renowned in their fields of expertise.  Members are deeply committed to medical research, education and the treatment of the professional and amateur athlete as well as the occasional sports enthusiast.  This web site should further advance those goals.

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