The sports medicine world lost one of its pioneers late Thursday night when Dr. Frank Jobe passed away in Santa Monica, Calif. at the age of 88.
As co-founder of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Dr. Jobe was perhaps best known as the Godfather of Tommy John Surgery, the preferred term for ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction. He performed the first such procedure on its namesake, a Dodgers pitcher, in 1974.
Dr. Jobe also served as a mentor to Michael Ciccotti, M.D., director of sports medicine at the Rothman Institute and head team physician for the Phillies.
“Dr. Jobe had an incredible impact on sports medicine—particularly in baseball—and is recognized worldwide as one of the forefathers of sports medicine,” says Dr. Ciccotti. “There are countless baseball careers prolonged by his innovative surgical techniques, but there are also the hundreds of physicians, therapists and trainers he’s influenced along the way.”