Richard Steadman

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J. Richard Steadman
Born 1937 (age 80–81)
Sherman, Texas
Education Texas A&M University
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Known for Microfracture surgery
Medical career
Profession Surgeon
Institutions University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Specialism Orthopaedics, Knee
Notable prizes Inductee, Colorado Ski Hall of Fame
Albert Trillat Award
H. Edward Cabaud Memorial Award
GOTS-Beiersdorf Prize
Inductee, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Hall of Fame

J. Richard Steadman (born 1937) is a specialist knee surgeon, practicing in Vail, Colorado and a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He is best known medically for his work in the area of microfracture surgery, and publicly for treating injured sports stars from around the world.[1] In January 2014, he announced that he was retiring from his surgical practice.[2] He is also credited with diagnosing the chronic knee condition "Boothy Knee".


Born in Sherman, Texas,[3] Steadman received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, while also playing American football for Bear Bryant. Steadman graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

Following internship, two years in the US Army, and residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans;[4] Steadman moved to Lake Tahoe, California where he practiced orthopaedics, with increasing emphasis on the treatment of knee disorders.

Steadman developed special surgical techniques which allowed several US Ski Team members to return to competition and win Olympic medals. His first sports client was Cindy Nelson,[5] and from 1976 he was named Chief Physician for the United States Ski Team. In 1989, his work was recognized with his election to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame. Steadman served as a director of RBio, Inc. from 1990 to 2002.[4]

Looking to move from Tahoe, in 1990 Cindy Nelson and then Vail, Colorado owner George N. Gillett, Jr.,[5] persuaded Steadman and shoulder-and-arm-specialist Richard Hawkins, to relocate east and form the Steadman-Hawkins clinic.[5] They also started a non-profit sports medicine foundation in order to conduct research on knee surgery and rehabilitation projects, known as the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation.[5] The clinic is now called the Steadman Clinic and the foundation is now known as the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.[6]

Steadman has since developed numerous techniques for knee surgery and rehabilitation that have made him a world-renowned expert on sports injuries. With the increasing strain on sports stars to create quick movement creating additional strain and failure on the knee joint, Steadman has an expanding list of world-famous sports clients.[1] However, he states that:[5]

On January 29, 2014, he announced that he was retiring from active surgical practice, however, he plans to continue consulting with his physician colleagues at The Steadman Clinic and serving as co-chairman of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute . He said, "I cannot imagine a more fulfilling career than the one I have had as an orthopaedic physician. I'm lucky to have had so many patients determined to win again in their sports after serious knee injuries. Their will to succeed has played a large part in my success in treating them. Now I look forward to taking part in further research projects with SPRI scientists."[2]


In 2001, Steadman was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame[4] for his skills in extending the careers of various skiers.

  • Albert Trillat Award for Excellence in Knee Research from the International Society for the Knee[4]
  • H. Edward Cabaud Memorial Award for Knee Research from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine[4]
  • GOTS-Beiersdorf Prize, Germany[4]


  1. ^ a b "Sport's Mr Fix-it". BBC News. 2007-01-25. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b Wyrick, Randy (2014-01-29). "Steadman retiring from active surgical practice". Vail Daily. Eagle County, Colorado: Colorado Mountain News Media. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  3. ^ "A Man Who Gets All The Breaks". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Richard Steadman". Forbes. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Dr. Richard Steadman: an active legacy". Real Vail. 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  6. ^ Steadman Hawkins Foundation Becomes Steadman Philippon Research Institute; Steadman Hawkins Clinic Becomes The Steadman Clinic

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