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Loma Linda University School of Medicine Alumnus Dr. Frank Jobe to be Honored at 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame
Date:7/25/2013

Loma Linda, Ca (PRWEB) July 25, 2013

Frank W. Jobe, MD, will be honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame during Induction Weekend, July 26-28, in Cooperstown, New York—and he’s never played a single inning of professional baseball.

“I knew some friends and colleagues of mine were campaigning to get me recognized by the Hall of Fame but never thought it would really happen,” Dr. Jobe admits. He said he was in shock when he got the call. “My mouth just dropped—I had no words.”

The Loma Linda University School of Medicine alumnus has been an asset to the major leagues after he pioneered the groundbreaking surgery that would save the career of hundreds of Major League Baseball pitchers. He first performed the surgery on Los Angeles Dodger Tommy John in 1974.

Roger Hadley, MD, dean of LLU School of Medicine said, “Loma Linda University School of Medicine is extremely proud of Dr. Jobe's accomplishments. We strive to matriculate physicians into the professional world so that they may have a successful and fulfilling life—not just in the medical field, but in all that they do. Dr. Jobe has done that and more. The School of Medicine is honored to have had him as a student."

Before 1974, a torn ulnar collateral ligament—a common elbow injury for many baseball pitchers—meant the end of a pitcher’s career. As an orthopaedic surgeon and team doctor for the LA Dodgers, Dr. Jobe pioneered what has come to be known as the “Tommy John” surgery, which has been performed on roughly 14% of professional pitchers. “It’s probably more than that,” Dr. Jobe stated in an interview. “I’m pretty sure a pitcher on every major league team has had the surgery.”

The ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction is essentially a ligament transplant. Dr. Jobe said of the procedure, “We take a tendon from one part of the patient’s body and reconstruct the ligament in the pitching arm to make it work like it used
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