Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation
The Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation was established in 1999 as a philanthropic foundation with a mission for education, research and community service. Through its Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, the Foundation not only educates the sports medicine experts of the future and performs cutting edge research, but also engages in educational activities aimed at disseminating scientific information on injury prevention and treatment to other medical professionals, as well as the general public.
Building on the tradition and commitment established by Doctors Robert Kerlan and Frank Jobe, the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation has carried out numerous research projects whose findings directly benefit the community. Research continues to be performed around youth pitching biomechanics and injury prevention, along with anterior cruciate ligament (knee) injury prevention and other areas, working with athletes from local universities, high schools and youth sports programs who cooperate as study participants. Results of these studies, including recommendations for improved injury prevention techniques that arise from the conclusions of these studies, are then brought back to the community for implementation with local sports teams through instruction and interaction between Kerlan-Jobe physicians and coaches, athletic trainers and athletes.
The Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation also provides on-field game coverage for high school sporting events and pre-season examinations for some of the teams from Los Angeles area high schools that cannot otherwise afford access to high quality medical care. Other areas of research supported by the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation include tendon repair and healing, articular cartilage restoration, ligament reconstruction, the role of biologics in healing and improved surgical outcomes.
Throughout their innovative careers in sports medicine, Dr. Kerlan and Dr. Jobe were passionate about promoting education and research. The Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation, through its Fellowship Program, and the research and community service it supports, ensures that their vision for excellence in leadership and innovation in Sports Medicine continues into the future. As evidenced by the many alumni of the Kerlan-Jobe Sports Medicine Fellowship Program who have and will continue to be key players in Sports Medicine throughout the country, Kerlan-Jobe’s place in Sports Medicine leadership is secure.