James R. Andrews, M.D.


Doctor James R. Andrews is one of the founding members of Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also co- founder of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) a non-profit institute dedicated to injury prevention, education and research in orthopaedic and sports medicine. Doctor Andrews continues to serve as Chairman of the Board and Medical Director of ASMI. Doctor Andrews is also a founding partner and Medical Director of the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida. He is President and Chairman of the Board of the Andrews Research and Education Foundation also dedicated to prevention, education and research at the Andrews Institute. He has mentored more than 314 orthopaedic/sports medicine Fellows and more than 84 primary care sports medicine Fellows who have trained under him through these Sports Medicine Fellowship Programs.

Doctor Andrews is internationally known and recognized for his skills as an orthopaedic surgeon as well as his scientific and clinic research contributions in knee, shoulder and elbow injury prevention and treatment. In addition, he has made major presentations around the world, and has authored numerous scientific articles and books. He has recently written a book, Any Given Monday, about sports injuries and how to prevent them for athletes, parents and coaches. The book is based on his life in sports medicine and was released in January 2013 by Simon & Schuster.

Doctor Andrews graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1963, where he was Southeastern Conference indoor and outdoor pole vault champion. He completed LSU School of Medicine in 1967 and completed his orthopaedic residency at Tulane Medical School in 1972. He had surgical fellowships in sports medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1972 with Doctor Frank McCue, III and at the University of Lyon, Lyon, France in 1972 with the late professor Albert Trillat, M.D., who is known as the Father of European Knee Surgery.

Doctor Andrews is a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is the past President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and also served on that board as its Treasurer and its Secretary. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Arthroscopy Association of North America as well as the International Knee Society. He is Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Alabama Birmingham Medical School, the University of Virginia School of Medicine, University of South Carolina Medical School, Adjunct Professor in The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Alabama, and Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics, Department of Orthopaedics, Tulane University School of Medicine. He has been awarded a Doctor of Laws Degree from Livingston University, Doctor of Science Degree from Troy University and a Doctor of Science Degree from Louisiana State University.

At present, Doctor Andrews serves as Medical Director and Orthopaedic Surgeon for Auburn University Intercollegiate Athletics and Senior Orthopaedic Consultant at the University of Alabama. Doctor Andrews serves on the Medical and Safety Advisory Committee of USA Baseball and on the Board of Little League Baseball, Inc.

In the professional sports arena, Doctor Andrews is Senior Consultant for the Washington Redskins Professional Football team and Orthopaedic Medical Director for the Tampa Bay Rays Professional Baseball team. Doctor Andrews is also the Medical Director of the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

Previously, Doctor Andrews has been a member of the Sports Medicine Committee of the United States Olympic Committee having served during two previous quadrennial. He has also served on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards in Medical Aspects of Sports Committee.

He also serves on the Tulane School of Medicine Board of Governors. He has served as a member of Troy University’s Board of Trustees. Doctor Andrews also serves as the National Medical Director for Physiotherapy Associates, a national outpatient rehabilitation provider. He serves on the Board of Directors of Fast Health Corporation and Robins Morton Construction Company.

Doctor Andrews was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and was named recipient of their Distinguished Sportsman Award in 1992. In 1996, Doctor Andrews was inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction. He was featured as one of the LSU’s 2007 Southeastern Conference Stories of Character. In 2008, Doctor Andrews received the LSU Cox Communication Academic Center for Student-Athletes Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award and was inducted into the State of Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and was named recipient of the prestigious Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award. Doctor Andrews is a 2009 recipient of the “Live the Dream” award presented by the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce. Doctor Andrews was presented the 2009 Distinguished American Award by the Auburn Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College of Hall of Fame. In 2014 he was presented with the Contribution to Amateur Athletics Award by the University of Georgia Hall of Fame Chapter.

Doctor Andrews was the recipient of the 2014 NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award that honors an individual who has provided significant leadership in the role of advocate for intercollegiate athletics and has done so on a continuous basis over the course of their career, presented at the NCAA Annual Meeting. He was inducted as a member of the “Louisiana Legends” and also named by the State of Louisiana as one of 200 most influential people in Louisiana history since Statehood. Doctor Andrews was also awarded the “Mr. Sports Medicine” award of the AOSSM at the annual meeting in 2014.

A native of Homer, Louisiana, Doctor Andrews has called Birmingham home since 1986. He also resides part-time in Pensacola Beach, Florida. He and his wife Jenelle have six children, Andy, Amy, Archie, Ashley, Amber, Abby and six grandchildren.

Yacht racing is one of Doctor Andrews’ keen interests. His 50-foot racing sloop Abracadabra III, won the 1990 International 50-foot Yacht Association World Cup and was named the best off-shore racing sloop in the last 100 years by Sail Magazine. He has also won many other yacht racing offshore regattas. Doctor Andrews served as President and Chairman of the Board of Aloha Racing Foundation, an American Cup Syndicate based in Honolulu, Hawaii, which challenged for the 2000 America’s Cup contested in Auckland, New Zealand. His other hobbies include golf and hunting.

Sunil Gupta, M.D.


Sunil Gupta, M.D. is a nationally recognized retinal surgeon, a successful entrepreneur, and a healthcare pioneer. He is founder and manager of one of the largest retinal research organizations in the United States, Retina Specialty Institute. His practice serves patients in 22 clinics across the Southeast with nine physicians.

Dr. Gupta works tirelessly to develop improved healthcare delivery systems built with LEAN methodology and cloud-based technologies. Dr. Gupta and his esteemed colleagues across multiple organizations are on a mission to revolutionize private practice data aggregation, to enhance productivity, and to build efficiency models inspired by Japanese manufacturing. Dr. Gupta thrives on bringing together stakeholders from across the healthcare and business landscape to solve complex challenges and deliver the triple aim of accessible, affordable, and quality patient care.

Dr. Gupta serves on the Retina Advisory Committee for Alcon (RAC2); Executive Committee for LAMPA, Retina Advisory Board for Genentech Pharmaceuticals; and the Retina Advisory Board for Allergan.


Dr. Gupta and Retina Specialty Institute are on the front lines of retina research for new class drugs, leading over 28 clinical trials for conditions such as Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy. He assists industry in designing better surgical systems, equipment and processes. Building models of efficiency without sacrificing quality for patients, Dr. Gupta is bringing Six Sigma-inspired systems to healthcare. Additionally, he has developed new medical delivery vehicles, holds multiple diagnostic and pharmaceutical patents, and is leading efforts to bring advanced new synthetic molecules to the forefront of retinal therapy.

His love for patients, whom he respects as equal partners in their care, is reflected in his compassionate, approachable manner. Whereas healthcare delivery can often be perceived as hierarchical in nature, Dr. Gupta believes that physicians today must be able to identify with what the patient is experiencing in order to improve communication and enhance delivery of care.


Dr. Gupta is the co-founder and chief medical officer of USRetina — one of the largest associations of retina physicians in the United States. This rapidly growing association of more than sixty member practices represents over $3 billion in revenue. This young, innovative organization is making bold moves to advance, aggregate, and advocate for the retina vitreous community. USRetina delivers clinical and operational excellence in RetinaVitreous care, benefiting patients, retina physicians, and industry partners. At its heart USRetina strives to put the patients first while preparing its constituent practices for value based medicine.

IRIS: Intelligent Retina Imaging Systems

Dr. Gupta is the founder, chairman and chief medical officer of IRIS: Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems, an FDA-cleared, cloud based, telemedicine tool for assessment of retinal eye disease in the primary care setting. The award-winning IRIS team is on a mission to end preventable blindness due to Diabetic Retinopathy and other conditions. Using state-of-the art cameras, retinal images are transmitted to a powerful cloud-based platform and evaluated in real-time by remote eye care specialists. IRIS identifies patients at risk, particularly the subset patient group that typically does not seek or have access to care.

IRIS helps to “shoot the gap” in U.S. healthcare, serving as a population health management tool for the countless patients left behind in current delivery models. Additionally, Dr. Gupta has led the development of image enhancement technology to identify sub particle pathology, as well as the automated detection of diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma via advanced algorithms.


Dr. Gupta is the chairman of the Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center, and was a key organizer of this joint venture between Baptist Health Care and local physicians. The state-of-the-art surgery center was designed from the ground up to be optimal for outpatient procedures with eight operating rooms featuring the latest technology utilizing high definition camera and video systems.

Dr. Gupta also serves on the board of the Andrews Research & Education Institute, and was instrumental in organizing and helping to obtain funding for its adult stem cell research laboratory.


Dr. Gupta earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He interned at Baylor College of Medicine and completed his ophthalmology residency at the Cullen Eye Institute in Houston, acting as chief resident 1991-1992. He finished a two-year fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where he focused on disorders such as uveitis and genetic retinal diseases.

He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

He is a member of the American Ophthalmology Association, American Medical Association, Escambia County Medical Association and the Florida Society of Ophthalmology.

Scott Raynes


Mr. Scott Raynes has been President at Baptist Hospital, Inc. since March 2015. Mr. Raynes serves as Senior Vice President of Baptist Health Care Corporation. Mr. Raynes served as Senior Vice President of The Gulf Breeze Market Segment at Baptist Health Care Corporation since August 2013. Mr. Raynes joined Baptist Health Care Corporation’s team with more than 20 years of executive-level experience in health care and a remarkable track record throughout his career. Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of NorthCrest Medical Center, Inc., an affiliate of Vanderbilt Health System, in Springfield, Tenn until August 2013. During his tenure, NorthCrest was selected as a Press Ganey, Inc. top performer in physician satisfaction and is one of only 15 hospitals in the country designated as a Joint Commission Top Performing Hospital in all core measures for two consecutive years. Mr. Raynes served as Senior Vice President and Administrator of WakeMed Health and Hospitals. His community involvement includes Rotarian, incoming chair of the American Cancer Society, 2016 Ignite Heart Ball chairman and coaching youth league sports. He also volunteers and serves on several community boards. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from West Virginia University with a specialization in health care and a Master of Art degree specializing in higher education and counseling from Morehead State University.

Roger Ostrander, M.D.


Roger V. Ostrander, M.D., is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with additional fellowship training in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery and the treatment of sports-related injuries. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Ostrander earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology at Bowdoin College where he was a Cum Laude graduate. He received his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

He performed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of California, San Diego. While in San Diego, he also completed a one year musculoskeletal research fellowship.

He then completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) in Birmingham, AL. As a fellow, Dr. Ostrander worked side-by-side with renowned orthopaedic surgeons Dr. James Andrews and Dr. William Clancy. The fellowship provided Dr. Ostrander with intensive exposure to non-operative and operative musculoskeletal care of professional and collegiate athletes. His team physician experience included coverage of Auburn University football and athletics, Birmingham Barons AA baseball, Alabama Slammers minor league ice hockey and Tampa Bay Rays spring training.

Following his fellowship year in 2004, Dr. Ostrander was the first physician invited to help develop the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, FL and co-founded the Andrews Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Center. He continues to work with athletes as team physician for the University of West Florida and Gulf Breeze High School. He served as Medical Director and team physician for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos AA Baseball Team and was also appointed team physician for the United States National Indoor Lacrosse Team during the 2007 world championships.

As Associate Fellowship Director at the Andrews Institute, he takes part in clinical research and instructs the Andrews Institute sports medicine fellows. Dr. Ostrander has served as Chief of Surgery at Gulf Breeze Hospital and holds academic appointments at the University of West Florida, the Florida State College of Medicine and at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

Dr. Ostrander has published several scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented this research at numerous national and regional meetings. He has received a number of awards related to his research and academic pursuits.

When surgery is necessary, Dr. Ostrander often utilizes minimally invasive, arthroscopic techniques. This approach reduces post-operative recovery time and allows an early return to work and play. Dr. Ostrander’s surgical interests include arthroscopic and open treatment of knee, ankle, shoulder, and elbow injuries. In addition, he holds certification for articular cartilage implantation and repair in the knee.

Dr. Ostrander is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and was elected chairman of the bylaws committee for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. Ostrander resides with his wife and three children in Gulf Breeze, FL. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, boating, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities.

Jerry Pate


Jerry Pate was born in Macon, Georgia and attended the University of Alabama, where he played on the Crimson Tide golf team. Pate had a distinguished amateur career. He won the U.S. Amateur in 1974, and the following year he was a member of victorious U.S. teams at the Walker Cup and the Eisenhower Trophy. He was also the low amateur at the U.S. Open in 1975.

Pate turned professional in 1975 and was the medalist at the 1975 PGA Tour Qualifying School. During his rookie season in 1976, he won the U.S. Open, his only major championship victory, and the Canadian Open. Pate was selected as the Rookie of the Year and Co-Player of the Year. Six more PGA Tour victories followed between 1977 and 1982, as well as several other titles around the world. He was a member of the victorious Ryder Cup team in 1981, but shoulder injuries curtailed his career; his final win on the PGA Tour came at age 28. That final victory was the Tournament Players Championship, the first held at TPC at Sawgrass. Pate celebrated by throwing course designer Pete Dye and PGA Tour chief Deane Beman into the lake adjacent to the 18th green, and then jumped in himself.

Pate later served as a broadcast analyst for ABC, CBS and the BBC and set up a golf course design practice and a turf and irrigation company. During the years between his regular and senior careers, Pate returned to the University of Alabama to complete his Bachelor of Administrative Science degree; his daughter, Jenni, received her degree at the same graduation ceremony in 2001. He designed the Kiva Dunes in 1995 and the Ol’ Colony Golf Complex in 2000, which is the home course for the Alabama Crimson Tide golf team. In 2006, he earned his first Champions Tour win at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Pate has been forced by health problems, including arthroscopic left-knee surgery in 2010, to begin limiting his Champions Tour appearances. Pate now owns a golf cart and golf course design company named the Jerry Pate Company. The company is based in Pensacola, Florida with branches in Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia & Pensacola, Florida.

Steve Jordan, M.D.


Steve E. Jordan, MD is a partner at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, FL.  Prior to joining the Institute in 2015, he was in private practice in Tallahassee, FL, where he served as a team physician for Florida State University Football and Baseball for 25 years.  He received his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine in Charleston, SC, and then completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Florida in Jacksonville.  After residency, he served in the US Navy as chairman of Sports Medicine at the Naval Education and Training Center in Newport, RI.

Between his Naval service and private practice, Dr. Jordan trained under Dr. Frank Jobe at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, completing a Fellowship in Sports Medicine.

He now enjoys treating athletes of all ages with shoulder, elbow, and knee injuries, as well as teaching and participating in clinical outcomes research with the Andrews Research & Education Foundation.

Adam Anz, M.D.


Dr. Anz was invited to join Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida after completing a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado.  During this fellowship, Dr. Anz studied knee surgery under the famed Dr. Richard Steadman and Dr. Robert LaPrade, as well as hip arthroscopy with Dr. Marc Philippon and shoulder surgery with Dr. Peter Millett. He is research driven with a goal to offer cutting-edge care and advance the treatment of athletes and active individuals, some of his previous studies have involved Meniscus Repair, Elbow Injuries in Professional Pitchers, Hip CT Scans, and the Use of Patients’ Own Stem Cells for Cartilage Repair.

Dr. Anz has served athletes since the beginning of his orthopaedic career.  Starting as a resident, Dr. Anz assisted with sideline coverage for the Forsythe Country Day School and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.  During fellowship, he became involved with medical coverage for the United States Ski Team and has covered training and competitive events in New Zealand, Chile, Germany, and the United States.  Since returning to the south, Dr. Anz is the covering physician for Navarre High School and Pensacola Christian College, and assists with the care of the Auburn University Tigers.

Dr. Anz has an expanded focus on autologous stem cell research and joint preservation surgery. His specialties include novel treatment techniques to repair cartilage injuries, treat multi-ligament knee injuries, acetabular labral tears, complex joint injuries, tendon ruptures, and innovative approaches for managing osteoarthritis.  His focus is on pushing orthopaedic techniques forward with biologics while following the regulations set forth by the FDA.  Current preparations are underway to open the first clinical trial in the United States using a patient’s own peripheral blood stem cells to improve cartilage repair in Gulf Breeze, Florida at the Andrews Institute.

Erik Nilssen, M.D.


As founder and guiding force behind the Nilssen Ankle and Foot Center, in Pensacola Florida, Dr. Nilssen devotes his passion for service to building the most premier center in the world. In addition to his practice, he also devotes time to mentoring both Sports Medicine and Foot & Ankle Fellows through the AREF Dual Fellowship Program.

Dr. Nilssen graduated cum laude from Auburn University in 1996. He completed USF School of Medicine in 2002 then went on to achieve his orthopedic residency at McGill University in 2007. He is the only person to have completed fellowships in both Sports Medicine and Foot & Ankle at the American Sports Medicine Institute under the Direction of Dr. James R. Andrews.

Dr. Nilssen is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University Of South Alabama College Of Medicine. Currently, he serves as the Medical Director of Under Armour, the National Volleyball League, Multisport Performance Institute, and Athletes’ Performance Gulf Breeze. He also serves as a Team Physician for Intercollegiate Sports at Auburn University, as well as Orthopaedic Consultant for the athletic teams of West Florida University and Pensacola State Junior College. In addition, Dr. Nilssen consults for various professional teams throughout the NFL, NBA, and Olympic Sports.

Dr. Nilssen has called Gulf Breeze home since 2009. He and his wife, Allison, have two sons, Stellan and Malloy, and a baby girl, Emyrson. He enjoys the beach, boating, college sports, and Paleo-Indian artifacts.

J. Nixon Daniel III.


Nixon Daniel is the managing partner of Beggs & Lane Attorneys and Counsellors at Law. AV rated under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, Mr. Daniel has practiced law in Pensacola for over 40 years, litigating on behalf of Baptist Hospital, Gulf Power Company, Southern Company, physicians and other individuals in both state and federal courts. His litigation experience includes significant personal injury claims, wrongful death litigation, class actions and business litigation. In recent years he has been lead counsel or co-lead counsel in class action claims involving fiber optics, the proper reimbursement of health care providers by payers, and real property matters.

Mr. Daniel has tried over 100 cases to verdict and has been involved in many others which were settled at mediation or otherwise prior to trial. His litigation experience includes both the representation of defendants and plaintiffs.