James R. Andrews, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Dr. James Andrews is internationally renowned for his expertise in knee, shoulder, and elbow injuries. He is one of the founding members of the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, founder of the American Sports Medicine Institute and founding Partner and Medical Director of the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida. His clinical interests include all aspects of sports medicine as well as knee and shoulder injuries and their prevention.

Dr. Andrews serves as the Co-Medical Director for Intercollegiate Sports at Auburn University, the Senior Orthopaedic Consult for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Alabama, and as an orthopedic consultant for the athletic teams of Troy University, University of West Alabama, Tuskegee University, and Grambling University. In 2010 he was the recipient of the South Eastern Conference’s Team Physician of the Year Award. Additional roles include Senior Orthopaedic Consultant for the Washington Redskins Professional Football team, Medical Director for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Professional Baseball Team, and Co-Medical Director for the Ladies Professional Golf Association, among others.

As a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Andrews has served on its Board of Directors and in the position of Secretary. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a past president of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. Additionally, he is a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Alabama Birmingham Medical School, the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
In addition to his numerous award and leadership positions, Dr. Andrews has published articles in many peer-reviewed journals including The American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery.

  • Founder and Medical Director
    Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Andrews Institute
    Gulf Breeze, Florida

M.D., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1967


Orthopedic Surgery, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1972

  • Surgical Sports Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1972
  • Knee Surgery and Athletic Injuries, University of Lyon, Lyon, France, 1972

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Hospital Affiliations & Admitting Privileges
  • Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopedics
  • Baptist HealthCare
  • Health South Medical Center
  • University of Alabama