Dr. Robert K. Kerlan (May 13, 1922 – September 8, 1996), an orthopedic surgeon and co-founder, along with Dr. Frank Jobe (July 16, 1925 – March 6, 2014) of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, now Cedars- Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute, have placed Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center at the forefront of orthopedic sports medicine. Dr. Kerlan is regarded as a pioneer in the Orthopedic discipline of Sports Medicine and was the Dodger’s first team doctor after their move to Los Angeles. He partnered with Dr. Jobe who diagnosed and treated famed Dodger’s pitcher Tommy John after a career ending elbow tendon tear. He performed on him what is now referred to as Tommy John Surgery (ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction of the elbow), which for the first time allowed a baseball player with this injury to extend his career. Tommy John played another 15 years after this surgery.
Since that time, we have continued to offer the highest level of state-of-the-art surgery, and our surgeons continue to be pacesetters in their respective fields of orthopedics.