Jeffrey R. Dugas, MD, treats all types of orthopaedic sports injuries, including injuries of the shoulder, elbow and knee. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and the sub-specialty of sports medicine.
Due to the injuries he suffered from years of playing baseball, Dr. Dugas developed a true passion for the health and injury prevention of youth baseball players. He continues to work with athletes to develop the field of sports-injury treatment and prevention. He maintains a special interest in throwing athletes, and much of his research concentrates in this area.
Dr. Dugas has contributed significantly to the research of sports medicine. He has published articles and textbook chapters related to injuries of the shoulder and elbow in throwing athletes, vascular injuries in throwers and rotator cuff injuries. He has also published manuscripts on the treatment of knee ligament injuries and the treatment of cartilaginous defects of the knee.
A native of Schenectady, N.Y., Dr. Dugas graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He continued his education at Duke University School of Medicine, graduating with his medical degree in 1994. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the renowned Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Following his orthopedic training, Dr. Dugas accepted a fellowship in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) in Birmingham, Alabama, under the direction of James R. Andrews, M.D., and William G. Clancy, Jr., M.D.
He was then invited to become a member of the Alabama Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center. After its dissolution, he became a partner in the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees at the American Baseball Foundation (ABF) and American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), where he conducts research and serves as director for the ASMI Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.
Dr. Dugas holds memberships in numerous medical societies including the American Orthopaedic Associaiton, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, American Medical Association, Medical Association of Alabama and the Jefferson County Medical Society.
Dr. Dugas serves as medical director for USA Cheer, the national governing body for cheerleading, and he is on the National Concussion Task Force for the prevention of concussions in youth sports. In addition, Dr. Dugas serves as Associate Medical Director for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
He serves as a team physician for Troy University, Vestavia Hills High School, Bessemer Academy, Calera High School, Clay-Chalkville High School, Cordova High School, Gardendale High School, Oakman High School and Shades Valley High School. Dr. Dugas also provides sports medicine assistance for the Birmingham Barons, the AA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and the Alabama Ballet. He has been named one of Birmingham's Best Doctors for ten consecutive years and was selected by his peers as one of the top orthopaedic surgeons in the state of Alabama.
Dr. Dugas and his wife, Tracie, are both avid sports fans and enjoy spending time with their children, Christopher and Caroline. Dr. Dugas enjoys golf, baseball, fishing and playing guitar.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
- American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) - Birmingham, AL
Orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship with James R. Andrews, MD and William G. Clancy, Jr., MD
- Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY)
- Duke University School of Medicine (Durham, NC)
- North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
My second injury was in the spring of my junior year. I was playing softball and my pinky and ring fingers went numb. I tried to play through the pain but it hurt too bad. I went to Andrews Sports Medicine and got an MRI done and saw Dr. Dugas. He was great and took really good care of me and left the surgery up to me. He did everything he had to do for me before my surgery and I really appreciated that. He set me up with my MRI and everything else I needed.
Emily Simon | Athens, AL
I was at softball camp practicing and I slid into second base and felt my knee buckle. I saw Dr. Dugas and he did both my surgeries on my knee. He always made sure I was taken care of and felt comfortable. He made sure my parents and I knew what was going on and what all of the options were.
RaeLeigh Jordan | Ashford, AL
In December of 2020, I came to Andrews Sports Medicine for a total hip replacement and then I came to Dr. Jeff Dugas in September for my shoulder. I had a rotator cuff tear that needed fixing. My experience here was UNBELIEVABLE! Dr. Dugas gave the most outstanding care and treatment. He really tried to connect with me as a person and I could feel his care and concern. When I first met with him, he asked, “What can I do for you?” I said, “Get me back in the game.” He said he could definitely do that.
Bruce Pieper | Huntsville, AL
The Sunday after Thanksgiving, we had a basketball practice before our first home game of the season. I was going past a defender for a layup when midair the defender hit the side of my knee. The next night I played my first varsity home game. I ran through all the warmups and plays before the game. Slowly I began limping.
Ella Dickerson | Cold Springs, Alabama
In the Fall of 2019, I was a softball pitcher in my junior year at Oklahoma State University. I began experiencing numbness and tingling in my left elbow. Also, I could not grip the softball. My arm had been swollen for a couple of weeks and so I decided to get it evaluated by my athletic trainer. He said that I had a stress fracture in my ulna and recommended I take time off from softball for 6 weeks. I had gone home to Minnesota for the Christmas break...
Gabby Sprang | Rosemount, MN