Sports Medicine Fellowship Training Program

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio originally had two separate sports medicine programs. Robert C Schenk and Jesse C DeLee started a program in 1988, and Jack H Henry, Uwe Pontius, David R Schmidt, and Peter F Holmes formed a fellowship in 1991. Under department chair, James D Heckman, these two programs were combined in 1994 into a single program and a primary care fellowship was begun jointly with the department of family medicine under the direction of Walter Calmbach. In the same year, the first edition of what has become ‘the bible of sports medicine’ DeLee & Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: Principle and Practice was published.  Through the years, the rich history has continued, training 48 orthopaedic sports medicine fellows.  



David R Schmidt, MD
Ralph J Curtis, MD
Richard T Steffen, MD
John R Green, III, MD, Program Director

Goals and Characteristics

This sports medicine fellowship provides an extensive, well-balanced surgical and clinical experience in all aspects of orthopaedic sports medicine. Throughout the clinical experience, the Fellow will work closely with orthopaedic and primary care sports medicine physicians, athletic trainers, and physical therapists. Medical coverage includes office and sideline management of local professional and collegiate athletes, numerous area high schools, as well as amateur and weekend warriors. The surgical experience is significant and includes both arthroscopic and open procedures of the upper and lower extremity. Recent operative experience has averaged 782 surgical cases. Like most programs, the knee is the most frequently operated joint followed by the shoulder. Hip and elbow are also included, with options for additional experience in hand or foot surgery. The experience runs the gamut between primary and complex revisions, with advanced cartilage procedures, meniscus transplants, multi-ligament reconstruction, osteotomies and some knee and shoulder arthroplasty. A unique feature of this program includes a longitudinal experience with each of the four core faculty. The fellow’s schedule is flexible enough to maximize the learning of each individual fellow.

Didactic conferences include grand rounds, journal club and focused topics from DeLee & Drez Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, and radiology. Sideline coverage includes professional experience with the Spurs, Division I college with UTSA, coverage of the Alamo Bowl, local high school football, and other local events. The overall experience is primarily clinical. There are auxiliary personnel and resources available to meet the board requirement that each fellow will produce at least one project suitable for publication.

This fellowship participates in the match program and is ACGME accredited.

Sports Medicine Fellowship Policies


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Click here to view the 150101 Sports Medicine Transition Hand Off Form

Click here to view the 150101 Sports Medicine Transition Hand Off Evaluation

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1. Successful Completion of an ACGME accredited Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training Program

2. Must be eligible to obtain a license to practice medicine in the State of Texas during the Fellowship year.


    Contact information:

    Lashun Matthews, Academic Programs Coordinator

    Phone: (210) 567-5109 Fax: (210) 567-5277 Email: