José "Jody" O. Ortega, MD, practices non-surgical orthopaedic sports medicine at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center. He treats patients at our Birmingham and Hoover clinic locations.
Growing up, Dr. Ortega had a passion for sports. Now, as a physician, Dr. Ortega combines his love of sports and his fascination with the human body to treat athletes. He non-operatively treats a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports medicine injuries and has particular interest in the conservative, non-invasive treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee including viscosupplementation. He enjoys seeing patients of all ages, including little leaguers, high school and college athletes, weekend warriors and active seniors.
A graduate of Auburn University, Dr. Ortega earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He then attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham for medical school. He completed his internal medicine residency at Baptist Health System in Birmingham, followed by a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI).
Dr. Ortega is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and also holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in primary care sports medicine. He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Ortega serves as the Fellowship Director for Primary Care at the American Sports Medicine Institute. He is a team physician for Birmingham-Southern College, Briarwood Christian School, Homewood High School, McAdory High School, Oak Mountain High School and the Lakeshore Foundation. He also provides sports medicine assistance to Troy University and Auburn University. He is the Mercedes Marathon medical director and participated on the World Bowl medical team for NFL Europe for several years.
Dr. Ortega enjoys spending time with his family, as well as playing golf and basketball, fishing and participating in other physical fitness activities. He and his wife, Trixie, have three sons: Sullivan, Cooper and Andrew.
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship:
American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) - (Birmingham, AL)
Family Medicine Residency:
Baptist Health System (Birmingham, AL)
- Board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine
- Certificate of Added Qualification in primary care sports medicine
Auburn University – Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering (Auburn, AL)
University of Alabama School of Medicine at UAB (Birmingham, AL)
My name is Andrew Edmondson and I am a 16-year-old sophomore at Oak Grove High School. I play for both the football and baseball teams, and love both programs dearly.
At a JV baseball game against Hueytown on March 18, 2018, I was up to bat. I hit a ball deep into left field and as I rounded first base I noticed that it was going to be close at second base, so I decided to slide head first into second. As I slid, I rolled all of my body weight on my shoulder and it dislocated. As I sat on second base, I decided to pop it back in.
Andrew Edmondson | Adger, AL
In June of 2018, my son, Jaden, was injured during summer football practice. Jaden, who was a senior at Homewood High School at the time, was participating in 7-on-7 drills as a defensive back and was covering a receiver. When Jaden went to plant his left foot, he felt his left knee buckle.
Jaden Alexander | Homewood, AL
My name is Lee Wood, and on behalf of my family, I would love to start off by thanking each doctor and their team that has helped my family get back to our best. I am a mother of three kids who were always involved in some kind of sport growing up. Their primary sports were soccer and ultimate frisbee during high school and college. I also coach the high school competitive, ultimate frisbee team and the women’s club team.
The Wood Family | Birmingham, AL
Hypothetically speaking, Dr. Davis may see me one moment and then five minutes later l, evaluating world-renowned MLB player. It paints a picture, and you can see God’s favor in growing this practice. The power and expertise of Andrews Sports Medicine has truly been seen throughout the world. I think we really take it for granted, having such a quality practice right here in Birmingham, AL. You don’t use it until you need it, but, man, you’re glad it’s there!!
Chad Bianchi | Millbrook, AL
Surely “arthritis” isn’t making me hobble around at work, or cause me embarrassment when I attempt to climb the bleachers at my grandkids sporting events. I must have torn a ligament or something to cause all this pain. I had spent countless hours of icing, exercises and even acupuncture to make this pain go away.
Camille Foshee | Tallasse, AL