Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. John Bergfeld of Cleveland Clinic

Written by Rachel Fields | July 22, 2010 | Print  |
John Bergfeld, MD, director of the operating room and senior surgeon in the department of orthopedic surgery at Cleveland Clinic, is recognized nationwide as a leader in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Bergfeld served as team physician for the Cleveland Browns football team from 1976-2003 and the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1982-2003 and currently serves as a consultant surgeon for both teams.

Dr. Bergfeld has certainly made his mark on the world of sports injury treatment: He was elected to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Hall of Fame and designated "Mr. Sports Medicine" in 2009.

In an ESPN article on "Tommy John surgery," the ulnar collateral ligament surgery made famous by Dr. Frank Jobe and Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Tommy John in 1974, Dr. Bergfeld said the renowned surgery has not changed much in the last 30 years. On the reason pitchers develop ligament ruptures, he said, "It's the mechanics of the way you throw. It is an unnatural motion that wears on the ligament that causes small tears and fraying. Repeated small tears add up to one big tear."

They've also added up to a career of sports medicine successes for Dr. Bergfeld. During his tenure at Cleveland Clinic, the surgeon has performed thousands of successful procedures and saved a season for more than one professional athlete. He has also served as president of various orthopedic and sports medicine societies, including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and the Herodicus Society.

Dr. Bergfeld earned his MD from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at Cleveland Clinic. He also undertook a fellowship in orthopedic surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

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