World-renowned sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Lemak is a leader in sports medicine and arthroscopy research. Dr. Lemak is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School and completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Lemak was a founder and board member of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI). More than 100 physicians and surgeons have studied under the leadership of Lemak and the other physicians in his practice. He was also a founding partner of Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, which was founded in 1986 and became one of the nation's leading orthopaedic clinics until 2007, when the center was dissolved.
Dr. Lemak’s skills, talent, and experience led him to Brookwood Medical Center, where he built a comprehensive regional center for the care of athletes and others who have similar injuries or problems as athletes. As of 2009, Dr. Lemak will relocate his practice to Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham, and become an integral part of the hospital’s efforts to create a comprehensive orthopaedic center of excellence.
Dr. Lemak also revolutionized sports safety and prevention both on and off the field by helping standardize treatment for professional and college athletes, educating coaches and researching injuries.
In 2001, Dr. Lemak founded the National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS). A non-profit foundation headquartered in Alabama, NCSS publishes and manages the PREPARE Program – a comprehensive educational course for coaches that teaches the importance of emergency action planning, injury prevention, and how to assist first responders to an on-field injury.
Through a joint venture of Lemak Sports Medicine, Trinity Medical Center and Champion Sports Medicine (as the rehabilitation provider), Lemak continues his commitment to sports safety and prevention.
As a leader in the field of arthroscopy, Dr. Lemak has published articles in numerous medical journals and has given presentations in the
United States, England, Europe, Japan and South America. He is a Faculty Member of the Minimally Invasive Surgery and Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery Symposium.
Dr. Lemak's professional affiliations include the AmericanAcademy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine among others. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Virginia.