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Former NFL Strong Safety Turned Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Damien Richardson, Joins Medical Staff of Hoag Orthopedic Institute
IRVINE, Calif. – Orthopedic surgeon Damien Richardson, M.D., who
played for seven years in the National Football League as a strong safety
for the Carolina Panthers, has joined the medical staff of Hoag Orthopedic
Institute in Irvine, California, one of the largest providers of orthopedic
care in the nation.
Dr. Richardson played from 1998 to 2004 for the Panthers, and his seven-
year NLF career included a National Football Conference Championship and
a trip to Super Bowl XXXVIII. Before he was drafted by the Panthers, he
was a three-year starter for the Arizona State University Sun Devils.
After his football career was cut short by severe neck and knee injuries,
Dr. Richardson attended medical school at the University of California
San Francisco. He then completed a master’s degree in biostatistics
and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Richardson completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University
of Arizona College of Medicine. After his residency, he then returned
to Harvard to complete his foot and ankle fellowship at Massachusetts
“Even before being drafted into the NFL, I had planned to become
a physician,” said Dr. Richardson. “Orthopedic surgery felt
like a perfect fit considering my experience on the field. Joining this
group of highly respected physicians at Hoag Orthopedic Institute feels
like being a part of a Pro Bowl team of orthopedic surgeons.”
Dr. Richardson, a southern California native, joined the practice at Newport
Orthopedic Institute as an orthopedic surgeon and foot and ankle specialist.
Hoag Orthopedic Institute is the official medical partner of the NFL’s
Los Angeles Chargers.