Sports Medicine Team

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Felix “Buddy” H. Savoie III, MD

Dr. Buddy Savoie is a Louisiana native and a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He is the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at Tulane and the Team Orthopaedist for Tulane University Athletics. Dr. Savoie completed his Orthopaedic surgery residency in 1987 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in arthroscopy with the late Dr. Richard Caspari, Dr. John Meyer, and Dr. Terry Whipple in Richmond, Virginia. He also completed an A-O International fellowship in Basel, Switzerland. Additionally, Dr. Savoie completed a hand and microvascular fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Mayo Clinic. He is known throughout the United States and overseas as an accomplished author and teacher.  

Dr. Savoie is board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery, and he comes to Tulane from Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Jackson where he has been a great clinician, surgeon, and educator. Dr. Savoie serves on the NCAA Competitive and Safeguards Committee.  He has special interests in shoulder, elbow, and wrist surgery.


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Gregory W. Stewart, MD

Dr. Gregory Stewart is the Chief of the Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Department of Orthopaedics and the
W. Kennon McWilliams Professor in Sports Medicine at Tulane University. He is a nationally recognized expert in non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in adults. He also specializes in sports medicine and has a particular interest in sports concussion. Dr. Stewart is the director of the Sports Concussion Management Program and team physician at Tulane University. He has served as a team physician for professional, collegiate, and high school teams for thirty years. 

His contributions to the sports medicine community include director of education for the Louisiana Sports Medicine Society, served on the Sports Medicine Committee of the Louisiana State Medical Society, and Chairman of the Louisiana High School Athletics Association Sports Medicine Advisory Board. He was a major contributor to the successful passage of the Louisiana Youth Concussion Act. He received funding from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education to examine the effects of mild traumatic brain injury in high school football athletes. 

Dr. Stewart is the Medical Director of the Player Care Foundation (PCF) Healthy Body and Mind Screening Program and Director of the Tulane Brain and Body Program through The Trust, powered by the NFL Players Association. Tulane University is one of six PCF Neurological Care Programs in the country.

Dr. Stewart, an associate professor of clinical Orthopaedics at Tulane University School of Medicine, earned a bachelor’s degree from Houston Baptist University in 1982 and a medical degree from University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston School of Medicine in 1986. Dr. Stewart is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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Michael  J. O'Brien, MD

Dr. Michael O'Brien received his medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 2003. After completing his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Maryland, and a Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction fellowship at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, he returned to New Orleans to become Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics at Tulane. His interests include arthroscopy of the shoulder and elbow, rotator cuff disease, shoulder and elbow reconstruction including total shoulder replacements and total elbow replacements, sports medicine, ligament reconstruction of the knee, and fracture care in both adults and children. He practices at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine clinic.

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Wendell Heard, MD

Dr. Wendell Heard is a fellowship trained sports surgeon.  His practice at Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine is focused on minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, and hip.

Additionally, he has unique training in cartilage restoration procedures aimed at patients with pre-arthritic cartilage defects who are too young for joint replacement. He is a native New Orleanian and attended Benjamin Franklin High School. He went to college at Sewanee and returned to New Orleans for medical school at Tulane University.  After starting his orthopaedic surgery residency at Tulane, he was displaced by Hurricane Katrina and finished his intern year of training at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  He then completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Brown University.  

His sports medicine fellowship was at Rush University in Chicago.  While at Rush, he assisted with team coverage of the Chicago Bulls (NBA), the Chicago White Sox (MLB), and DePaul University.




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