Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Scott Gillogly

Rachel Fields -   Print  |
As the head team physician and orthopedic surgeon for the Atlanta Thrashers NHL hockey team and the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team, Scott Gillogly, MD, knows how to treat a sports injury — and how one feels. He first became interested in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery as a quarterback for the United States Army at West Point.

On the difference between treating athletes and regular patients, Scott Gillogly told Georgia Physician Magazine, "We use the same techniques in fixing them. But you have to be much more sensitive to the psychology and the motivation to return, motivation to go through the rehabilitation, the education so they don't go too fast."

He added that he enjoys treating "weekend athletes" because it forces him to apply his work with professionals to a different sphere. "Think about somebody who is a laborer, who requires their legs to be able to do their job and stand all day or carry things. I think that's a challenge that I enjoy, taking the common injury and the everyday guy in the everyday job and really use some of the same principles that we use in athletes to try and get them better quicker."

Before becoming team physician for several professional teams, Dr. Gillogly served as chief of orthopedics at an evacuation hospital during the Gulf War during his military service. He also worked with sports medicine pioneer James Andrews, MD, and later started his current practice, the Atlanta Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center.

Dr. Gillogly is especially interested in the treatment and surgery of the knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle, the subjects he studied under Dr. James Andrews at Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center. He has authored numerous lectures and publications on knee ligament reconstructive surgery, shoulder and elbow arthroscopy and overuse syndromes in athletes, and he is a recognized pioneer in autologous chondrocyte implantation, a procedure designed to prevent arthritis onset by growing healthy joint surfaces after an injury.

In addition to his work at Atlanta Sports Medicine and his Atlanta teams, Dr. Gillogly is the director of sports medicine training for the Atlantic Medical Center Orthopaedic Residency Program.

Read the Georgia Physician Magazine story on Dr. Scott Gillogly.

Read more Becker's coverage of Dr. Scott Gillogly in "25 of the Best Knee Surgeons in the United States."

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