• John W. Uribe, M.D.

    John W. Uribe, M.D.

    Program Director

    John W. Uribe, M.D., is a fellowship-trained, Board-certified orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.  He earned his medical degree and General Surgery Internship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of Miami and an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Hughston Clinic.

    He specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery and minimally invasive surgical procedures for degenerative conditions of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle. His research interests include minimally invasive resurfacing techniques of the knee and shoulder, as well as ligament and tendon restoration.

    Dr. Uribe is the Chief Medical Executive for the Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute; founder member of the UHZ Sports Medicine Institute and founder of the sports medicine fellowship program.

    Dr. Uribe is the Medical Director for the NFL Miami Dolphins and Head Team physician for the NHL Florida Panthers. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery for the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

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    Education & Training

    • Hughston Orthopedic Clinic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
    • University of Miami/Jackson Health System Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program
    • University of Miami Internship in General Surgery
    • University of Miami School of Medicine

    Board Certification

    • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
      • Orthopedic Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine Subspecialty

  • Gautam P. Yagnik, M.D.

    Gautam P. Yagnik, M.D.

    Associate Program Director

    Gautam Yagnik, M.D., fellowship-trained, Board-certified orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty Board certification in sports medicine. Dr. Yagnik earned his medical degree 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. He 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 Orthopedic Sports Medicine fellowship in our program.

     Dr. Yagnik specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, and knee. He is chief of orthopedic surgery at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Dr. Yagnik is a team physician for the Miami Dolphins and the Florida Panthers.

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    Education & Training

    • UHZ Sports Medicine Institute, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
    • University of Pennsylvania, Orthopedic Surgery Residency
    • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

    Board Certification

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • John E. Zvijac, M.D.

    John E. Zvijac, M.D.

    John Zvijac, M.D., is a fellowship-trained, Board-certified orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty Board certification in sports medicine. He earned his medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed his Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Miami. Dr. Zvijac completed his Orthopedic Sports Medicine fellowship at American Sports Medicine Institute.

    Dr. Zvijac is a founding partner of UHZ Sports Medicine Institute.

    Dr. Zvijac specializes in sports medicine and surgery of the shoulder, elbow, and knee.

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    Education & Training

    • American Sports Medicine Institute (Trinity), Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship
    • University of Miami/Jackson Health System, Orthopedic Surgery Residency
    • University of Miami, Internship in General Surgery
    • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Medical School

    Board Certification

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Keith S. Hechtman, M.D.

    Keith S. Hechtman, M.D.

    Keith Hechtman, M.D. is a fellowship-trained, Board-certified orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty Board certification in sports medicine. He earned his medical degree at the University of Miami, completed his Internship in General Surgery and Residency in Orthopedic Surgery also at the University of Miami. Dr. Hechtman completed his Orthopedic Sports Medicine fellowship at the Sports Medicine Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Miami. He was Dr. Uribe’s first fellow.

    Dr. Hechtman is a founding partner of UHZ Sports Medicine Institute. He helped establish the relationship between Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Doctors Hospital to improve the healthcare of student-athletes.

    He specializes in both sports medicine and arthroscopy of the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle. He is a professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

    He is the head team physician for Florida International University. Dr. Hechtman also serves as a clinical instructor for physician assistants and athletic trainers at Barry University, Miami Dade College, and Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Hechtman also serves as a clinical instructor for physician assistants and athletic trainers at Barry University, Miami Dade College, and Nova Southeastern University.

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    Education & Training

    • University of Miami Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship
    • University of Miami/Jackson Health System, Orthopedic Surgery Residency
    • University of Miami, Internship in General Surgery
    • University of Miami School of Medicine

    Board Certification

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Thomas San Giovanni, M.D.

    Thomas San Giovanni, M.D.

    Thomas San Giovanni, MD is a fellowship-trained, Board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the foot and ankle, sports medicine, trauma and reconstructive surgery. He earned his medical degree at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and completed an internship in the Department of Pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center and residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Miami.  Dr. San Giovanni completed his Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is regarded as one of the world’s foremost leaders in joint replacement surgery of the great toe. He designed the first anatomically contoured great toe total joint replacement used for hallux rigidus. Dr. San Giovanni is one of only a few orthopedic surgeons that perform great toe joint replacements and is recognized for pioneering the technique.

    Education & Training

    • Harvard Medical School Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship-Pediatric Orthopedics
    • Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Orthopedic Surgery Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship-Foot and Ankle Surgery
    • University of Miami/Jackson Health System Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program
    • Children’s National Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics Internship
    • George Washington University School of Medicine

    Certifications

    • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

  • Christopher Hodgkins, M.D.

    Christopher Hodgkins, M.D.

    Christopher Hodgkins, M.D., is a fellowship-trained, Board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the foot and ankle. He earned his medical degree at Manchester Medical School: Manchester University, UK. Completed his Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Miami.  Dr. Hodgkins completed his Orthopedic fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery fellowship at Florida Orthopedic Institute.

    His areas of expertise include sports injuries, tendon disorders, fractures, traumas, post-traumatic reconstructions, arthroplasty and fusion for arthritic conditions, and forefoot reconstructions including bunion and hammer toe surgery.

    Education & Training

    • Florida Orthopedic Institute, Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery
    • University of Miami/Jackson Health System Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program
    • Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, Department of Foot and Ankle Surgery Research Fellowship
    • Manchester Medical School, Manchester University, England

    Board Certification

    • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

  • Harlan Selesnick, M.D.

    Harlan Selesnick, M.D.

    Harlan Selesnick, M.D., is a Board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He earned his medical degree at Northwestern University and completed his internship and orthopedic residency at the Michael Reese Medical Center. He received additional sports medicine training at Temple University Center for Sports.

    Dr. Selesnick has been the team physician for the Miami Heat since 1988. In addition, he is currently the team physician for the soccer team Inter Miami CF.

     His specialties are arthroscopic surgery, sports medicine, and knee-joint replacement surgery.

    Education & Training

    • Temple University Center for Sports Medicine and Science Elective in Sports Medicine
    • Michael Reese Medical Center Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program
    • Michael Reese Medical Center Internship
    • Northwestern University School of Medicine

    Board Certification

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Lionel Lazaro, M.D.

    Lionel Lazaro, M.D.

    Lionel Lazaro, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon that earned his medical degree at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara School of Medicine and the Fifth Pathway program in New York Medical College. He completed an internship in general surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center, an orthopedic surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He completed a research fellowship in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery and a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic (Cedar-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute).

    He specializes in sports medicine, hip preservation, hip arthroscopy, and articular cartilage restoration. His clinical practice focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders involving the musculoskeletal system (bone, muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons). He utilizes advanced non-surgical and surgical techniques to treat a variety of injuries and conditions, including sports injuries, musculoskeletal trauma, degenerative diseases and congenital disorders. He has a keen interest in minimizing surgically induced trauma and optimizing the preservation of vascular anatomy.

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    Education & Training

    • Cedar-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute and Orthopedic Research, Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship
    • Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, Orthopedic Surgery Residency
    • Autonomous University of Guadalajara, School of Medicine, Jalisco, MX and New York Medical College (Fifth-Pathway Program)

  • Luis Vargas, M.D., Ph.D.

    Luis Vargas, M.D., Ph.D.

    Research and Education Coordinator

    Luis Vargas, Ph.D., was an orthopedic surgeon in his home country of Venezuela. Dr. Vargas joined  Miami  Orthopedics  &  Sports  Medicine  Institute  in  1990  when  he  trained  with  John Uribe,  M.D.  He  is  the  coordinator  of  Research  &  Education  at  Miami  Orthopedics  &  Sports Medicine Institute.  Dr. Vargas trains fellows in the Institute’s Bio-Skills Lab, which provides a real-world environment to train future surgeons in orthopedic sports medicine procedures. The state-of-the-art lab simulates a surgical setting and allows fellows to complete hands-on cadaveric evaluations, research, clinical trials, and surgical education.

    Dr. Vargas holds a Ph.D. in exercise physiology and science in sports medicine. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences.  He currently serves as the general secretary of the  International  Society  of  Arthroscopy,  Knee  Surgery  and  Orthopaedic  Sports  Medicine (ISAKOS).  He  is  a  founder  and  board  member  of  the  Latin  American  Society  of  Arthroscopy Knee Surgery and Sports Medicine (SLARD). He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic  Surgeons,  International  Federation  of  Sports  Medicine,  and  Pan  American Confederation of Sports Medicine.

  • Derek F. Papp, M.D.

    Derek F. Papp, M.D.

    Derek Papp, M.D., is a fellowship-trained, Board-certified orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty board certification in sports medicine. He earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland. He completed his Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Papp completed his Orthopedic Sports Medicine fellowship with us.

    His surgical areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, shoulder and elbow disorders, and knee ligamentous injuries. He has a specific interest in the throwing athletes’ shoulder and elbow and especially enjoys helping athletes face the challenges that their sports present.

    He currently serves as a consultant for the Baltimore Orioles and formerly served as the Head Team Physician for their minor league affiliate, the Aberdeen IronBirds.

    Education & Training

    • Doctors Hospital/UHZ Sports Medicine Institute, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship
    • Johns Hopkins, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
    • Johns Hopkins, University School of Medicine (Maryland)

    Board Certification

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery