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Lawrence LemakLawrence J. Lemak, MD, has been appointed interim chair of Orthopedic Surgery and associate director for the Sports Medicine Institute at the University of South Florida. Dr. Lemak is spearheading an innovative national sports medicine model for USF that will help reduce sports-related injuries and improve athlete safety through prevention, discovery and healing.

A world-renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Lemak is a founding partner of Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, one of the nation's leading orthopedic clinics. Dr. Lemak has also been a pioneer in sports medicine and arthroscopy research as one of the founders and a board member of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI). The ASMI and the Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center developed an internationally-recognized sports medicine fellowship program under the leadership of Dr. Lemak. More than 100 physicians and surgeons have been trained and educated by Dr. Lemak and his practice, including several who are team physicians for professional sports organizations in the Tampa Bay area.

Dr. Lemak is the Medical Director for Major League Soccer, NFL Europe, Professional Golf Association and Ladies Professional Golf Association. He serves as a member of the NFL Youth Safety Development Team and chairman of USA Football's Age and Weight Task Force. Dr. Lemak is also a team physician for many colleges and universities in Alabama, including Auburn University, Birmingham-Southern College and Alabama State University.

Dr. Lemak's commitment to sports safety and prevention has revolutionized care provided on and off the field. In addition to helping standardize treatment for professional and college athletes, Dr. Lemak has dedicated part of his career to educating coaches and researching injuries. In 2001, he founded the National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS) to help further this mission.

In conjunction with the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the NCSS launched an online youth sports safety course called PREPARE. In two to three hours, the course prepares coaches, including many parents, how to respond to heat illness, sports injuries and emergency situations until professional help arrives. Many national sports organizations, including Pop Warner Football and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, use the course.

A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School, Dr. Lemak completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopy and reconstruction of the knee, shoulder, hip and elbow. Dr. Lemak has published many journal articles on the topic of arthroscopy and given presentations in the United States, Europe, Japan and South America.