Richard Lehman (surgeon)

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Richard Lehman
Dr Rick Lehman Sundance 2013.jpg
Dr. Rick Lehman at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival
Born (1954-11-14) November 14, 1954 (age 64)
ResidenceSt. Louis, Missouri
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
University of Miami School of Medicine
Known forPioneering articular cartilage reconstruction procedure using two-phased cartilage grafts.
AwardsSt. Louis Sports Hall Of Fame, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Richard C. Lehman, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon in St. Louis, Missouri. He currently serves as the founder and medical director of the U.S. Center for Sports Medicine in Kirkwood, Missouri.[1]


According to HealthGrades, a consumer-driven website devoted to grading American physicians, Dr. Lehman served residencies at Barnes Jewish Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System and Washington University Affiliated Hospitals.[2]

Sports medicine career[edit]

Dr. Lehman is licensed in Missouri and California and actively treats track and field athletes worldwide and professional sports athletes from North America. He focuses on rehabilitation of knee, shoulder and elbow injuries. According to the St. Louis Business Journal,[3] Lehman has "worked with pro football, hockey and baseball players as well as numerous Olympic athletes, starting with Jackie Joyner-Kersee."

Dr. Rick Lehman hosting the "Ask Dr Rick Show"

Outside of the operating room, Lehman is a medical pundit who frequently appears on KTVI Fox 2 as well as KMOX to discuss sports medicine and injuries in addition to common medical topics.[4] He also hosts a weekly radio show about medicine and sports injuries on KFNS 590-AM.

He has been the team physician for the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning[5] and St. Louis Blues. He has been a consulting physician for UCLA Track & Field and has covered four Olympic Games, as well as seven Track and Field World Championships.

He was a part owner of the National Hockey League Florida Panthers, but sold the team in September 2013.[6]

Lehman came to the St. Louis Blues with former head coach and general manager Mike Keenan. Keenan was fired mid-season in 1997 and Lehman was dismissed as the team doctor at the end of the season, although he still treats a number of Blues players.[7]

In early 1998, Lehman and his business partners, backed by the resources of a competing local hospital chain, made an official offer of $1.2 million a year for the contract to make the U.S. Center for Sports Medicine the Cardinals official medical provider.[8]


  1. ^ Mueller, Angela (2009-07-26). "Dr. Rick Lehman".
  2. ^ "Dr. Richard C. Lehman , MD - Free Doctor Profile - Orthopedic Surgery, located in Saint Louis, MO". Archived from the original on 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
  3. ^ Mueller, Angela (2009-07-26). "Dr. Rick Lehman".
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  5. ^ Share. "Tampa Bay Lightning - Team: Front Office". Archived from the original on 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
  6. ^ Davis, Craig. "Panthers' $250M sale includes arena operations". Sun Sentinel.
  7. ^ Gotthelf, Josh (1997-10-19). "Washington U. team has inside track to doctor Cardinals".
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