San Antonio - The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Athletics Department and Ortho San Antonio have formed a partnership for sports medicine announced Director of Athletics Dr. Brian Wickstrom on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

“We are excited about this new partnership. Our decision to work with Ortho San Antonio is about aligning with UIW’s strategic priority of strengthening the bond with the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word while continuing to receive top-notch care for our student-athletes,” said Wickstrom. “I want to thank Sports Medicine Associates for their great student-athlete care over the past several years. Dr. Paul Saenz, Dr. Bud Curtis, and Dr. Daniel Santa Maria are outstanding individuals and always provided the best care.”

Currently, UIW Athletics uses Ortho San Antonio clinics for both clinical and surgical observational educational rotations. Through this collaboration, the clinic becomes the new day-to-day medical provider for all 23 Division I athletic teams, consisting of approximately 600 student-athletes at UIW.

"We are very excited to partner with the University of the Incarnate Word and we look forward to providing the highest-quality sports medicine care for its student-athletes. UIW is building its brand both locally and nationally, and we could not pass up the opportunity to align with them in those efforts. In the short amount of time Dr. Wickstrom has led UIW Athletics, we have seen a positive transformation in all aspects of the department, and we believe this partnership will help support the Cardinals’ upward trajectory," said Dr. Rudy Navarro of Ortho San Antonio.

This coverage provides 24-hour care for the Cardinals, including campus training room clinics, coverage for both home and road sporting events, orthopaedic and general medical care, MRIs, x-rays, advanced imaging and physicals. Additionally, the partnership includes medical directorship for UIW’s athletic training program.

“I am very excited for our student-athletes to have access to sports medicine care from professionals who are recognized nationally for their areas of expertise,” said UIW head football coach Eric Morris.

Ortho San Antonio is an experienced group of orthopaedic and sports medicine specialists affiliated with the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa healthcare system. The group provides high quality care in orthopaedic sports medicine, adult hip and knee replacement and revision surgery, as well as fracture care. Ortho San Antonio has experience with the most routine pathology as well as the most complex situations. In addition to surgery, Ortho San Antonio offers casting, bracing, ultrasound-guided injection, and biologic/regenerative therapies. The physicians at Ortho San Antonio are Board-certified, specialty trained and highly experienced. They offer patients the highest quality care for their specific orthopaedic and sports medicine needs. 

Ortho San Antonio has partnered with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa to provide comprehensive orthopaedic and sports medicine care in San Antonio and the surrounding region. Ortho San Antonio physicians include:  Dr. Matthew Murray, Dr. Matthew Morrey, Dr. Travis Burns, Dr. John Hinchey, Dr. Jesse DeLee and Dr. Rudy Navarro.

Dr. Navarro is dual Board-certified in Sports Medicine and Family Medicine and is the in-coming Program Director of the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Sports Medicine Physician Fellowship. He specializes in Primary Care Sports Medicine and non-operative orthopaedics, including ultrasound-guided injection therapy, sports-related concussions, exercise medicine, and general medical conditions affecting sports. Dr. Navarro has spoken and published nationally on topics including sports-related concussions, head injuries, and pre-participation examinations.

Dr. Murray focuses on sports medicine arthroscopic knee, shoulder, and hip procedures. He completed his fellowship training in Sports Medicine at The American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, under the tutelage of the world-renowned sports medicine physician Dr. James Andrews. Dr. Murray lettered as a football player at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Dr. Morrey is considered a leading national expert on hip and knee reconstructive surgery. He continues to research improvements in Orthopaedic surgical outcomes. Dr. Morrey is the founder of Ortho San Antonio. 

Dr. Burns specializes in arthroscopic surgery, as well as complex shoulder and knee procedures. He served as the Chief of Sports Medicine for the San Antonio Military Medical Center, including medical deployment. He is a former tennis team captain and four-year letterman at West Point (United States Military Academy).

Dr. Hinchey is an Orthopaedist who is fellowship-trained in Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction. He serves as the current President of the San Antonio Orthopaedic Society and on the Board of Directors for Bexar County Medical Society.

Dr. DeLee is one of the most well-known orthopaedic sports medicine physicians in San Antonio and nationally with over 35 years of experience practicing and teaching Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He founded the Saturday Morning Sports Clinic in San Antonio and has authored the most-utilized Orthopaedic Sports Medicine textbook, DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He continues to be active in practice as well as teaching new generations of orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians. 

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