Team Physicians

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William P. Garth Jr, M.D.
Orthopedics

UAB Sports Medicine - 1600 7th Avenue South, Suite 402 - (205) 934-1041

Dr. Garth received his medical degree in 1973 from the Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed a general surgical residency at Duke, followed by an orthopaedic surgical residency at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tenn. After serving five years in the private practice of orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Garth completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Sports Medicine Clinic of Atlanta in affiliation with Georgia Tech and assumed the medical directorship of the UAB Sports Medicine Clinic in 1985.

Dr. Garth is presently the Medical Director of the UAB Sports Medicine Clinic as well as the team orthopedic physician for the University of Alabama at Birmingham athletics program. He also serves as a Clinical Professor for UAB and is active in teaching medical students and orthopedic residents. Garth specializes in surgically correcting instability of the patella and shoulder, as well as reconstruction of the cruciate ligaments (ACL, PCL) of the knee and rotator cuff of the shoulder. He is well respected among his peers, as they have consistently selected him to be included in "The Best Doctors in America" for the past several years. His research of the instability of the patella and its correction has been published in many orthopedic and sports medicine journals. He currently has over 20 years experience treating athletes and safely returning them to competition

A. Reed Estes, M.D.
Orthopaedics

UAB Sports Medicine - 1600 7th Avenue South, Suite 402 - (205) 558-2328

Dr. Estes is the most recent addition to UAB Sports Medicine. He serves as team physician for multiple Birmingham area high schools, and is involved in the care of UAB athletics. His role as Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics allows him to be involved in the education of resident physicians and medical students, while also remaining active in research and the advancement of sports medicine. He recently began at UAB Sports Medicine following a one-of-a-kind fellowship specializing in youth and young adult sports medicine with the Harvard University affiliated program at the Children's Hospital of Boston. He was involved in coverage of multiple athletic events, including the Boston Ballet, Boston Marathon, Boston Ice Chips Figure Skating, Northeastern University Hockey/Basketball, Babson College Hockey, and Dover-Sherborn high school football.

Dr. Estes graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in 2005, where he received the Scholarship for Academic Achievement. Following medical school, he completed an Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Subspecialty interest includes hip arthroscopy, involving the care of labral tears and impingement, as well as the management of ACL tears in the skeletally immature athlete.

He also has interest in the subset of dance medicine, having experienced significant exposure to this during care of the Boston Ballet and multiple other dance troupes while in Boston. He continues to be active in research endeavors, most recently completing an Instructional Course Lecture for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons involving management of spondylolysis.

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