Orthopedic and Spine Leader to Know: Dr. Andrew Gregory of Vanderbilt Orthopedics

Written by Laura Dyrda | August 09, 2010 | Print  |
As a child in Huntsville, Ala., Andrew Gregory, MD, FAAP, FACSM, enjoyed playing soccer and tennis as well as running track. Today, as an orthopedic surgeon and member of the ACSM Youth Sports and Health Committee, Dr. Gregory has a professional interest in treating young athletes. Dr. Gregor serves as an assistant professor of orthopedics and pediatrics as well as director of the primary care sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt Orthopedics in Nashville.

Dr. Gregory was recently featured as in the Physician Spotlight section of Nashville's Medical News, which said he spends 90 percent of his days treating patients under the age of 18. He understands how to form relationships with his young athletes and often gains their respect.

"Andrew has a great personality for working in pediatrics. He understands a broad spectrum of injuries, whether from a playground accident, a little league field or elite team sports," said Dr. Gregory Mencio, Vanderbilt's director of orthopedics, in the Medical News report.

In addition to his professional practice, Dr. Gregory serves as team physician for Hillwood High School as well as Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities. In the past, he was professionally affiliated with the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., traveled with the USA Men's National Volleyball Team and covered beach events on the AVP Tour. Dr. Gregory has also participated as a physician on mission trips to Honduras, Haiti and a South Dakota Indian reservation. He believes all medical students should participate in mission trips.

"I intentionally care gout a time to go on a mission trip every three years or so; it's practical medicine at its core," said Dr. Gregory in the Medical News report.

Currently, Dr. Gregory is participating in research regarding skin infections in athletes, AED (automated external defibrillator) use in high schools, corticosteroid injection in knee arthritis, musculoskeletal training, anti-inflammatory use for ankle sprains and treatment of distal radius fractures in children.

Dr. Gregory earned his undergraduate degree at Indiana University, where he played on the men's volleyball team. He earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and finished a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute.

Read other coverage on notable orthopedic practice leaders:

- Orthopedic Leader to Know: Dr. Spero Karas of Emory Orthopaedic & Spine Center

- Orthopedic and Spine Leader to Know: Dr. John Dietz of Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital

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