Two nationally known sports medicine groups have agreed to partner with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on a new orthopedic center.
The Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group said Monday they will work with Cedars-Sinai on a new Institute for Sports Sciences.
Under this collaboration, all three parties said they would continue to see patients at their current locations. Kerlan-Jobe and the Santa Monica medical group already care for professional sports teams and many high-profile athletes and Hollywood stars.
Neal ElAttrache, a surgeon and chairman of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation, operated in April on Kobe Bryant's torn Achilles' tendon and on the shoulder of star Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke.
"Starting with founders Robert Kerlan and Frank Jobe, Kerlan-Jobe has pioneered the field of sports medicine and orthopedics," ElAttrache said in a statement. "We are excited to be breaking new ground again with this exciting venture."
The sports institute will provide advanced training for doctors and research future treatments. The medical groups said they plan to work with Cedars-Sinai on clinical trials, including the use of stem cells and other experimental treatments for sports injuries.
Thomas M. Priselac, chief executive of Cedars-Sinai, said "in addition to clinical and research collaborations to benefit patients, this partnership also expands the geographic footprint of each of the partners, enhancing the community’s access to high-quality orthopedics and sports medicine."
Last year, Kerlan-Jobe had a similar deal with St. John's Health Center, and it was in the process of moving much of its business to that storied Santa Monica hospital.
But management turmoil there ended that partnership and led Kerlan-Jobe to look elsewhere. The Denver-based owner of St. John's eventually put it up for sale, and the hospital is in the process of being sold to Catholic hospital chain Providence Health & Services.