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Sports Medicine Provider

Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute is comprised of Board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic physicians who are recognized internationally as leaders in orthopedics and the care of athletes and treatment of sports injuries. The Institute combines its resources of experienced physicians and leading-edge treatments and technology to provide advanced care at five Baptist Health South Florida locations: Doctors Hospital, Baptist Hospital of Miami, Baptist Children’s Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. The Institute’s physicians treat a comprehensive range of conditions, remain on the cutting edge of orthopedic research and provide the latest treatments, including minimally invasive treatments and comprehensive rehabilitation programs to reduce recovery times and get athletes back to peak performance.

Orthopedic Surgeon – Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute

John Uribe, M.D., is a dual Board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Miami Orthopedics, specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery and minimally invasive surgical procedures for degenerative conditions of the knee, shoulder and elbow. Dr. Uribe is the team physician for the Florida Panthers hockey team and the Miami Dolphins football team. He is the chairman of the Department of Orthopedics for Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and is a founding member of the UHZ Sports Medicine Institute.

Prior to this, Dr. Uribe was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and served as chief of orthopedics at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. His research interests include minimally invasive resurfacing techniques of the knee and shoulder, as well as ligament and tendon restoration. A member of multiple professional organizations and societies, he is well-published and lectures extensively in the U.S. and abroad.


Orthopedic Surgeon – Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute

Thomas San Giovanni, M.D., is a Board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the foot and ankle. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College and received the Scholar of the College award from the school of arts and sciences. He earned his medical degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He subsequently completed an orthopedic surgical residency at the University of Miami, and two fellowships at Harvard Medical School – in foot and ankle surgery and pediatric orthopedic surgery. He also completed a Robert Wood Johnson Research Fellowship at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.

Dr. San Giovanni is a professor at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. At the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine he is a voluntary faculty member in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation and a voluntary associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences.

Dr. San Giovanni is the orthopedic surgeon for the Miami City Ballet. He also serves as a foot and ankle consultant for several professional and collegiate sports teams, such as  the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, University of Miami, Florida International University and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He lectures internationally and has been chosen every year since 2005 as one of the “Best Doctors in America.” In 2012, U.S. News and World Report selected him as one of the country’s “Top Doctors.


Orthopedic Surgeon – Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute

Gautam Yagnik, M.D., is a Board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow and knee. He is a team physician for the Florida Panthers hockey team and the Miami Dolphins football team. He is also medical director for the Escape to Miami, 13.1 Miami Beach and 13.1 Fort Lauderdale marathons. He has served as assistant team physician for the University of Miami and Florida International University football teams, and has provided orthopedic coverage for the BCS National Championship Game, Orange Bowl, Miami Open Tennis and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Dr. Yagnik earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated at the top of his class and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. During medical school he performed surgical research that yielded two prestigious grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Yagnik completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. There he was elected administrative chief resident and was given the Willard Award for the most outstanding resident. He completed his sports medicine fellowship at UHZ Sports Medicine Institute.




Howard Bush has worked with the Florida Panthers since their inception in 1993 where he attended the first training camp under the direction of Coach Roger Neilson. He is an internventional cardiologist and Associate Chief of staff at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Cleveland Clinic in Florida is amulti-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic in Florida has over 150 physicians with expertise in 35 specialties. Dr. Bush has been with the group since 1992 and his clinical interests include invasive and interventional cardiology, risk factor management, and coronary artery disease.

Dr. Bush is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases, Internal Medicine, and Interventional Cardiology. He and his wife Eva, D.D.S., have three children Aaron, Leah, and Elana.



  David N. Westerdahl, MD, has been a Staff Physician for the Department of Orthopedics at Cleveland Clinic Florida since 2004. He is the Director of Medical Sports Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr Westerdahl completed his Doctor of Medicine Degree at Loma Linda University in 2000. After finishing his residency in Family Medicine at Florida Hospital in Orlando, he served a Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus in Cleveland, Ohio.

With a background in primary care and sports medicine, Dr. Westerdahl manages a wide range of non-operative orthopedic and sports medicine injuries. He is the Director of Sports Medicine for the USTA Player Development Center in Boca Raton, Florida. He served as the Director for Sports Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. His specialty interests include sports injuries, medical orthopedics, exercise related medical conditions, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and concussions. In his spare time, Dr. Westerdahl enjoys spending time with his family and participating in multisport events.



  Martin Robins, D.D.S., has been the official team dentist of the Panthers since the teams inception in 1993. He has operated a private dental practice in Coral Springs for more than 20 years, and recently opened
"Robins Dental Associates" in Boca Raton. While practicing all phases of dentistry, Dr. Robins specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, utilizing the latest in laser, implant, and digital technology. A graduate of the N.Y.U. School of Dentistry, Dr. Robins earned his undergraduate degree at Union College in Schenectady, NY. After earning his degree in dentistry, he went on to complete a General Practice Dental Residency at Booth Memorial Medical Center in New York. He is a charter member and past president of the NHL Team Dentist Association. For further information, visit or call 561-482-7200.


Plastic Surgeon

  Gregory D. Albert M.D is a world renowned, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with the honor and distinction of being the Official Plastic Surgeon for the Florida Panthers National Hockey Team since 2004. Dr. Albert has taken care of countless players, coaches, and referees after a rough time on the ice and provided optimum results.  In addition, Dr. Albert frequently treats other sports figures including UFC & MMA fighters. Dr. Albert graduated at the top of his class at New York Medical College, devoting himself to cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. He has trained at several of the world’s most prestigious institutions and he often hosts surgeons who come to the U.S. to both observe and learn his revolutionary techniques.

His private practice is located in Delray Beach and known for their superior patient care and service. To learn more about Dr. Albert and his services please visit his website at



  Nicholas Ruggiero, D.C., enters his ninth season as the Panthers’ official chiropractor. He began his education at the University of Miami and completed his B.S. in human biology and doctorate in chiropractic medicine at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles in 1988, graduating Magna Cum Laude. In 1989, he was certified in physical therapy by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Dr. Ruggiero received certification in manipulation under anesthesia in 1992 and he is also certified in Active Release Technique in full spine and upper extremity and lower extremity. For more information visit


Laser Vision Specialist - Millennium Laser Eye Centers

  With over 25,000 successful corneal refractive procedures to his credit, Dr. Lessner, a board-certified ophthalmologist, is considered to be one of the most skilled surgeons in his discipline; His practice has been exclusive to laser correction surgery and LASIK for the past 20 years. Dr. Lessner prides himself on staying ahead of the curve on the newest techniques and latest equipment available in the industry. He has also pioneered novel surgical refinement techniques for the improvement of the LASIK Procedure and has shared them with other physicians throughout the world.

Dr. Lessner is the Medical Director and CEO of Millennium Laser Eye Centers and the President of Sight Trust Eye Institute, both located in Sunrise, Florida. Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Lessner's goal is to provide an unmatched level of professionalism, medical care and service to every patient he sees. He is also the official LASIK provider to theMarlins, Dolphins, and Heat.



  Dr. Conidi is a graduate of Boston University, Boston University School of Medicine and Nova/Southeastern University College of Medicine. He completed his internship at Tuft’s University’s St. Elizabeth’s Medical
Center, his residency at Boston University School of Medicine’s Boston City and University Hospitals, and received additional training in headache through the Harvard affiliated Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals.

He is currently the Director of the Florida Center for Headache and Sports Neurology, which specializes in the treatment of Sports Concussion, Headache and Sports Related neurological disorders. He joined the Panthers in 2008 and has served as a consulting neurologist for the, USTA, NYMets and St. Lucie Cardinals (major and minor league teams). Dr. Conidi holds an academic appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at Florida State University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology Sports Neurology Executive Committee and Concussion committee, and is a co-author of the American Academy of Neurology Concussion Guidelines. Dr. Conidi is also a consult for the FDA’s Diagnostic and Radiological Device Division and is Chairman of The Seeing Stars Foundation, a charity dedicated to research and education on sports related concussion and sports related neurological injury. He can be reached at 1-877-648-4762 or visit him on the web at


Rehabilitation Specialists

Select Physical Therapy is a leading provider of physical and occupational therapy services. The organization consists of talented employees-both clinical and non-clinical- who have a strong reputation for clinical quality, effective outcomes and positive customer service. Their main goal is to be the provider of choice in the communities we serve through excellence in patient care. Select Physical Therapy is owned and operated by Select Medical. For more information, visit or call 800-770-6682.