BIOGRAPHYBenton Emblom, MD, specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee.
A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama, Dr. Emblom earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and mathematics. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at UAB Hospital. He then completed a one-year orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship with Dr. James Andrews at the American Sports Medicine Institute. Following that, he completed additional training in hip arthroscopy with Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, which provided focused training in arthroscopic and mini-open surgery for non-arthritic hip disorders.
Dr. Emblom presents research and delivers instructional lectures at numerous orthopaedic and specialty related conferences. He has also authored research and book chapters on topics related to orthopaedics and sports medicine. Dr. Emblom currently performs clinical and biomechanical research at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI).
Dr. Emblom holds a special passion for the field of sports medicine because he participated in sports throughout his childhood. Pediatric sports injuries are of particular interest, including ACL injuries of the knee and throwing injuries to the elbow. One aspect of sports he admired was the goals that a team could accomplish together. Now, as a team physician for Samford University, the University of Alabama and Hoover High School, Dr. Emblom is again working on a team to accomplish a shared goal: to keep players safe and to return them to the field after an injury.
Dr. Emblom's commonly performed arthroscopic and reconstructive procedures include: shoulder surgeries such as rotator cuff repair, instability and labral repair and AC joint reconstruction; elbow surgeries such as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John), distal biceps tendon repair, arthroscopic loose body removal and tennis elbow release; knee surgeries such as ligament reconstruction (ACL, PCL, MCL, posterolateral corner), arthroscopic meniscus repair and patella instability (MPFL reconstruction); and hip surgeries such as non-arthritic hip preservation with labral repair and femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) correction, snapping hip release and athletic pubalgia, or sports hernia, repair. Mesenchymal stem cell augmentation has been a more recent addition to his surgical armamentarium.
Dr. Emblom has received many awards and honors, including the Kurt Niemann, M.D. Outstanding Orthopaedic Chief Resident Award (2008), UASOM Dean's Achievement Award (2002), Alpha Omega Alpha (2001), APC Pathology Honor Society (2001), Russell-Roberts Medical Scholarship (2001), Newsome-Osment Medical Scholarship (2000), Long Medical Scholarship (1999), Peacock Teaching Fellowship (1999), J. Garber Gallbraith, M.D. Memorial Award (1998), Phi Beta Kappa (1998), University of Alabama National Alumni Association Most Outstanding Senior (1998), American Institute of Chemists Award (1998), Outstanding Chemistry Student Award (1997), Gamma Sigma Epsilon Honorary, President (1996), Outstanding Freshman Chemistry Student Award (1995).
Dr. Emblom and his wife Anna have two sets of twins: fraternal girls, Ella and Camille, and identical boys, Lawton and Haston. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, flying and spending time outdoors with his family.
Education, Training & Awards ...
Education & Training
- University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL (1998-2002)
Doctor of Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
- University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (1994-1998)
Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude
Major: Chemistry Minor: Mathematics
- Baptist Health System, Birmingham, AL (2002-2003)
Internship in Internal Medicine
- University Hospital, Birmingham, AL (2003-2008)
Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery
- American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, AL (2008-2009)
Fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Honors & Awards
- Top Doctor - Orthopedics (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
- Top Doctor - Sports Medicine (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
- Kurt Niemann, M.D. Outstanding Orthopaedic Chief Resident Award (2008)
- UASOM Dean's Achievement Award (2002)
- Alpha Omega Alpha (2001)
- APC Pathology Honor Society (2001)
- Russell-Roberts Medical Scholarship (2001)
- Newsome-Osment Medical Scholarship (2000)
- Long Medical Scholarship (1999)
- Peacock Teaching Fellowship (1999)
- J. Garber Gallbraith, M.D. Memorial Award (1998)
- Phi Beta Kappa (1998)
- University of Alabama National Alumni Association Most Outstanding Senior (1998)
- American Institute of Chemists Award (1998)
- Outstanding Chemistry Student Award (1997)
- Gamma Sigma Epsilon Honorary, President (1996)
- Outstanding Freshman Chemistry Student Award (1995)