At Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute, our heritage helps to inform our expertise and innovation. Our shared history is the foundation of who we are today. Here’s a look at some of the key moments that define our institute.
In 1958, the Brooklyn Dodgers move to Los Angeles. Dr. Robert Kerlan becomes the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first Team Physician.
In 1964, after serving as medical staff sergeant in WWII with the US Army, Dr. Frank Jobe returns home, receives his Medical Doctorate and joins Dr. Kerlan’s practice, then named Southwestern Orthopaedic Medical Group.
In 1974, Dodgers pitcher Tommy John permanently damages a ligament in his arm, potentially ending his career. Drawing on his knowledge treating Polio patients, Dr. Jobe proposes a radical new procedure. John agrees, and Dr. Jobe performs the world’s first Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction surgery. The procedure is a success. Tommy John goes on to pitch in the Major Leagues for 15 more years, and procedure is now commonly known as Tommy John Surgery.
By 1985, Dr. Kerlan and Dr. Jobe are caring for the LA Dodgers, the LA Lakers, the LA Angels of Anaheim, the LA Rams, the Hollywood Park jockeys and the athletes of the PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour. Professional teams throughout the region place their trust in the practice, which changes its name to Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.
In 1988, Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group opens its doors. Over the next nine years, the practice launches partnerships with US Soccer, the LA Galaxy, the Amgen Tour of California, and in 2007 receives a designation as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence.
In 2013, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group partner with Cedars-Sinai to form the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute, the sports division of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Orthopaedics and a world-leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries and illnesses.
Our story will continue to evolve with science, technology and with the ever-changing culture of sport.