Andrew Jiménez, MD was appointed assistant professor in the Division of Sports Medicine effective November 1.
Jiménez is a dual fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, shoulder arthroplasty, and hip preservation. “I am incredibly fortunate and excited to join the orthopaedics team at Yale,” he said. “The department is known for having leaders in every field of orthopedic surgery. I am humbled to work with such a strong group of surgeons and look forward to contributing my expertise in sports medicine and hip preservation surgery.”
Lisa Lattanza, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, said, “We are very excited to welcome Dr. Jiménez to our department. As we work to build a destination sports medicine program here at Yale, his unique experience as a dual-fellowship trained surgeon will be a major contribution to the sub-specialty care that the Sports Medicine division has to offer.”
Jiménez graduated from Brown University where he was a collegiate wrestler. It was there where he first developed an interest in orthopaedics. Although he never sustained any serious injuries while competing, he would occasionally receive treatment from trainers and orthopaedic sports medicine surgeons.
He earned his medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he remained for residency and was awarded the Peter J. Stern Chief Resident Leadership Award. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Connecticut and dedicated an extra year of training to hip arthroscopy at the American Hip Institute in Chicago.
The opportunity to work closely with athletes and help them get back into sports became very appealing to Jiménez. “I believe my experience as a collegiate athlete helps me empathize with the unique pressures and motivations felt among athletes competing at all levels,” he said. “The ability to help people get back to activities they love and improve their quality of life has been one of the most gratifying aspects of this field.”
“There have been major advancements in hip arthroscopy and hip preservation surgery in recent years with exciting breakthroughs in research and innovation,” Jiménez continued. “I was motivated to pursue additional hip preservation training because I felt that I can make meaningful contributions to the field, which could have the potential to help patients all over the world.”
The biggest draw to orthopedic surgery for Jiménez continues to be the ability to create a tangible and almost immediate impact on a patient’s quality of life. He is also an avid clinical and basic science researcher with an interest in outcomes of hip arthroscopy in athletes and the biomechanics of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI).
In his time outside of work, Jiménez enjoys hiking, skiing, golfing, and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He also appreciates a good documentary whenever he is not spending time with family.