By: Anna Gilstrap
Andrews Sports Medicine’s Cullman, Alabama clinic recently celebrated its six month anniversary. To reflect on the past six months, we spoke with Dr. Marcus A. Rothermich, who joined Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center as a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon in October, 2019.
We also discussed Dr. Rothermich's experiences treating patients at Andrews' Cullman, Trussville, Winfield and St. Vincent's Birmingham locations, living in Vestavia Hills with his family and what he hopes the next eight months and beyond will have in store.
Dr. Marcus A. Rothermich - Orthopaedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist
Dr. Rothermich grew up in St. Charles, Missouri, about 30 minutes outside St. Louis. He played basketball and ran track & field while in school, and always knew he wanted to pursue a career involving sports in some way. Combined with his interest in anatomy and science in general, he decided to pursue a career in sports medicine and orthopaedics.
Dr. Rothermich earned his undergraduate degree in pre-med studies with a minor in theology at the University of Notre Dame. He then went on to medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, completed his residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and completed his orthopaedic surgery sports medicine fellowship at Andrews Sports Medicine/ASMI in Birmingham, AL.
Dr. Rothermich lives in Vestavia Hills with his wife Alissa, a morning news anchor with CBS 42, and their two kids, Ben and Ella.
Q & A: Dr. Marcus A. Rothermich - In His Own Words
Tell us about your experiences in the past eight months treating patients at a variety of Andrews locations.
Dr. Rothermich: It’s been wonderful. My specific role is to be in a few of the different satellite clinics, so I go to Winfield, Trussville, downtown Birmingham and Cullman. Being able to spend time at all of the different satellites has offered me the opportunity to travel and connect with patients from different parts of the state. I’m very grateful to all the amazing people I’ve been able to treat and get to know in my eight months at Andrews Sports Medicine.
Specifically regarding Cullman, you serve as a surgeon to patients in the Cullman and surrounding North Alabama areas. What has that experience been like?
Dr. Rothermich: It’s been such a fulfilling position to have a Cullman clinic. It’s really opened up an opportunity for those patients to be able to save that drive time of coming down to Birmingham. They can now have their entire Andrews' patient-care experience happen locally. They can see Dr. Monte Ketchum or myself in the clinic for a consultation, have their surgery done right down the road and do all their post-operative rehab in Cullman as well. That’s something we’ve been really excited about this year and it’s been a real game changer for our patients.
You’re a graduate of the Andrews Sports Medicine/American Sports Medicine Institute fellowship and are now a part of the Andrews family as a full-time physician. What does the Andrews practice mean to you?
My wife, Alissa, and I are both originally from the St. Louis area. We went to high school together. Over the course of after high school throughout college, medical school, residency, fellowship and beyond, we lived in a combined total of nine states over those 10 years. We were all over the place.
When we landed in Birmingham for the Andrews Sports Medicine/ASMI fellowship, we were here about a week and decided we never wanted to leave. So, the plan was always to come back after fellowship. We had to wait a couple of years for everything to work out for me to be able to return to Andrews, so when the opportunity arose, we jumped at the chance to come back.
That was always our long term plan and dream, and we’re so grateful that now it’s our reality.
How did you and Alissa know this was the city for you?
Dr. Rothermich: We really just fell in love with the town. We thought it was the perfect place to raise a family because there’s a warm family environment and culture that for us growing up in the Midwest in St. Louis, we always gravitated toward.
What are some of your favorite things to do around town with your family?
Dr. Rothermich: We’re big outdoorsy people. We love to get outside, hike in all the state parks around and enjoy the outdoors, so that’s something we love to do on the weekends. My son is excited to camp eventually, but he’s only 4-years-old right now, so he’s still a little small for that.
Birmingham’s got a lot of good activities for kids like the Birmingham Zoo, the McWane Science Center and other cool places that our kids love. We’re still learning and exploring. There’s so much out there.
You and Dr. Michael K. Ryan, another orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Andrews Sports Medicine, lived in the same dorm at Notre Dame. What’s it like now working with your friend from undergrad?
Dr. Rothermich: It’s so much fun. We have a lot of history, the two of us. Back in college, we would train for marathons together and so we’d go on 20 mile runs and be talking for three or four hours about what we want to do with our lives, and this was a big part of it. We half jokingly would say we wanted to join a practice together and now, almost 20 years later, here we are.
It’s been a total blast to be able to work together as the young surgeons in the practice. We operate together all the time and we’re able to bounce ideas off each other. We’ve been really excited it’s worked out this way. Our wives have become best friends too, so for both families, it’s been a blessing to have ended up in Birmingham, Alabama together.
Looking ahead, what are your hopes for the next eight months and beyond at Andrews Sports Medicine?
Dr. Rothermich: To continue to build. The first year has been all about getting settled back in town, so now that we’re here and settled, it’s to continue to build on that foundation of a local practice.
Dr. Rothermich is accepting new patients. Call (205) 939-3699 to schedule an appointment today.