Monte M. Ketchum, DO specializes in non-surgical orthopaedic and sports medicine. Dr. Ketchum treats patients at our Cullman and Birmingham clinic locations. Additionally, Dr. Ketchum serves as team physician for Jasper City Schools and JB Pennington High School.
Due to the numerous injuries he suffered as a high school and collegiate baseball student-athlete, Dr. Ketchum has a special interest in treating youth, adolescent, and collegiate athletes as well as weekend warriors.
As a non-surgical sports medicine physician, Dr. Ketchum treats all types of orthopaedic medical issues, including sports-related and non-sports-related injuries and osteoarthritis in joints. He treats patients of all ages and all types of musculoskeletal injuries from sprains, strains, fractures and sports-related concussions. He performs various ultrasound-guided injections, including viscosupplementation for osteoarthritis of joints and therapy for tendon and ligament injuries and arthritic conditions.
Dr. Ketchum graduated from Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. While at WKU, he was a member of the Hilltoppers baseball team. He then received his medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. He completed a family medicine residency at Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, Florida, followed by a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute/Andrews Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Ketchum originally hails from Brooksville, Florida. He is married to Dr. Ashley Ketchum, a pediatrician at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of Cullman. They have settled into their new hometown of Cullman, Alabama, with their son, Tucker, their daughter, Rylee, and their chocolate lab, Maddie.
In his free time, Dr. Ketchum enjoys hunting, fishing, weightlifting, boating and spending time with his family.
Sports Medicine Fellowship:
American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) - (Birmingham, AL)
Family Medicine Residency:
Bayfront Health (St. Petersburg, FL)
Lincoln Memorial University
DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (Harrogate, TN)
Western Kentucky University - B.S. in Chemistry (Bowling Green, KY)
Dr. Ryan explained that due to me being so young that the goal of his care was hip preservation, a type of surgical intervention that delays or prevents the onset of arthritis and, later, the need for a hip replacement. He also explained that the process was going to be a long-term commitment by both of us.
Dr. Ryan performed my initial hip surgery soon after the COVID-19 pandemic started. He and his staff were phenomenal! They are basically like family now. I had 4 hip surgeries over the course of 2 years.
Laura Likis | Birmingham, 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 in 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
It all began ten years ago. I slipped and fell inside my son’s school. I saw my primary care physician who prescribed physical therapy, but my hip continued to bother me. Three years later, I realized that I had started walking differently and my body even adapted to run in a strange way. I saw an orthopedic physician in Chattanooga where I live. He recommended that I have my hip replaced.
Krystye Dalton | Chattanooga, TN
I grew up on a farm and have been working on it my whole life. We have cattle, chicken houses and row crop operations where we grow cotton and peanuts. From an early age, I enjoyed the work and knew I wanted to carry it over into my professional career. So, I studied to become a large animal veterinarian.
One day at work, I was evaluating a small calf when the mother cow became defensive and kicked me about halfway up my femur.
Dr. Jonathan Whitley | Snead, AL
My appointment was with Dr. Monte Ketchum. He took x-rays of my foot and ankle and told me I had severely broken it. After explaining my injury, he gave me a number of treatment options I could choose from. I really liked his flexibility and consideration for my opinion on how I wanted to move forward.
Rita Bennett | Cullman, AL
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