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James P. Bradley, MD Becomes 48th President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

BOSTON, MA – James P. Bradley, MD will be installed as the 48th president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) today during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Boston. 

Dr. Bradley is a clinical professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, in Pittsburgh. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society, the Twentieth-Century Orthopedic Association, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, of which he is also a board member. Dr. Bradley served as the past president of the Herodicus Society and NFL Physician Society. 

“I am honored to serve as the AOSSM president and look forward to continuing the organization’s legacy as the leader in sports medicine education and research,” said Dr. Bradley. 

Dr. Bradley has been the head team orthopedic surgeon of the Pittsburgh Steelers for 29 years. Working closely with the NFL for the past three decades, he has treated thousands of athletes, allowing them to return to the sports that they love. He has served as the past chairman of the National Football League’s Medical Research Peer Review Committee and on the NFL Injury and Safety Panel Committee for over 25 years. 

Dr. Bradley attended Penn State University from 1971 to 1975 where he earned his undergraduate degree. He was also the captain of the football team and standout on defense. He was then accepted into the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s residency program for Orthopedic Surgery. Upon completion of his residency, he was accepted into Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles for a Sports Medicine Fellowship. There, he became a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. 

Dr. Bradley has published in 161 peer-reviewed articles for medical journals, 61 medical textbook chapters, 20 chairmanships, 35 grand round presentations, and 407 guest lecturer presentations.

In 2019, he was awarded the Arthur C. Rettig Award for Excellence in Academic Research by the National Football League Physicians Society (NFLPS) and is also on the Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors of 2019. In 2017, he was named in the “Becker’s Spine Review: 65 Orthopedic Surgeons recommend by Orthopedic Surgeons.” In 2016, Orthopedics This Week’s list of top knee surgeons, “16 Standout North American Sports Knee Surgeons: 2016.” Orthopedics This Week has also named Dr. Bradley in their top list of shoulder surgeons, “20 of the Top North American Shoulder Surgeons: 2015.” Dr. Bradley was also recognized in January of 2015 by his peers as one of Becker’s Spine Review’s “Top 55 surgeons in the 

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is the premier global organization representing the interests of orthopaedic surgeons and other professionals who provide comprehensive health services for the care of athletes and active people of all ages and levels. We cultivate evidence-based knowledge, provide extensive educational programming, and promote emerging research that advances the science and practice of sports medicine. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids.