NFL to the Olympics: Surgical Treatment of Elite Athletes with Dr. Robert Watkins, IV.

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“I don’t want to retire. I still want to play.”

-Peyton Manning

Name: Robert Watkins, IV, M.D.

Specialty: Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Location: Watkins Spine Center. Marina Del Rey, CA

All right, welcome back. On this episode’s release, we find ourselves in week 3 of the 2018 NFL season. So what could be a better time than now to talk with a surgeon who’s spine practice has treated more NFL, and other professional athletes, than any in the world.

Patients such as Dan Marino, Tony Romo, Peyton Manning, Wayne Gretzky, Reggie Jackson and Rob Gronkowski, just to name a few.

If you like stats, check out this patient roster:

173 NFL players, 21 Superbowl Champions, 43 NBA players, 60 Pro Hockey Players, 8 Stanley Cup Champions, 112 Major League Baseball players, 30 World Series Champions, 12 Olympic Gold Medalists…and the list goes on and on.

Today’s guest is Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robert Watkins, IV. Along with his father, Dr. Robert Watkins, III and their partner, Dr. David Chang; they together run the world renowned Watkins Spine Center in Marina Del Rey, California. We’ll go behind the scenes to discover what’s involved with the treatment of these elite high profile athletes. We’ll separate what really happens from all the noise and misconceptions out there. And we’ll explore how modern surgical techniques can return many elite athletes, (with what were once career ending injuries) to a highly competitive level of play.

This episode was a blast so sit back and enjoy. With that said let’s get started…

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Practicing for Gameday: Baseball, Orthopedics and a $350 surgical simulator from Home Depot, Dr. Gregory Lopez.

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Image courtesy of Dr. Gregory Lopez

Name: Gregory Lopez, MD

Location: Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, Chicago, IL

Specialty: Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

“If I don’t practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.” -Violinist, Jascha Heifetz


Today we have a fun episode for you. Dr. Gregory Lopez is orthopedic spine surgeon in Chicago with Midwest Orthopedics at Rush. He’s a former collegiate and minor league baseball player who’s experienced his fair share of injuries. It’s those experiences that inspired his path toward medicine. He’s also an innovator and that’s where are story gets fun.

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