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Orthopedic hall of fame adds Richard Steadman

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Dr. Richard Steadman received the Texas A&M Distinguished Alumni award at the Steadman Clinic in Vail in May. Steadman was recently inducted into the American Orthorpaedic Society for Sports Medicine Hall of Fame.
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Orthopaedic surgeon and U.S. Ski Team doctor J. Richard Steadman was inducted into the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Hall of Fame July 10 during the society’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. The society’s hall of fame includes individuals in the sports medicine community who have contributed immensely and set themselves apart from others in the field.

Steadman was born in Sherman, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, where he played varsity football under coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Following an internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Steadman served two years in the U.S. Army in Germany, then returned to Charity Hospital, where he completed his orthopaedic residency in 1970.

Steadman began his sports medicine orthopaedics career in South Lake Tahoe, California, in 1970. He became active with the U.S. Ski Team soon after and donated his services at what became the first ever U.S. Olympic Training Center in Squaw Valley, California. He was the head U.S. Alpine Ski Team physician from 1976 to 2012 and developed the U.S. Ski Team Sports Medicine Committee.

He continues today as the chairman of the Medical Group of the U.S. Ski Team. He has been inducted into both the U.S. and Colorado skiing halls of fame. He was also awarded the ATT Skiing Award, which is given to individuals whose excellence and dedication to skiing has profoundly enriched the sport.


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In 1990, Steadman moved his practice to Vail and became the founding and managing partner of the Steadman Clinic. He also founded the entity now known as the Steadman Philippon Research Institute and continues as the institute’s co-chairman. Prior to his retirement from clinical practice in 2014, Steadman served as a consultant to several professional sport teams in the U.S. and Europe.

Steadman was a proponent of early motion and physiologic loadbearing after ACL reconstruction. He has had more than 225 articles published and has made nearly 700 presentations. Steadman also developed the microfracture technique, which today is the most common treatment for chondral defects of the knee. He has developed several other surgical techniques in an effort to keep all athletes, from recreational to the most elite, active throughout their careers and their lives.

He joined the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in its infancy and served as a member and then chairman of the program committee. He also served on the nominating committee. He has also served as president of Herodic U.S. Society. Steadman continues a very active life with his wife, Gay, their two children, Lyon and Liddy, six grandchildren and a third great grandchild on the way.

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