Introducing Jack Skendzel, M.D. [Video]
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Jack Skendzel, M.D., is a Sports Medicine physician whose specialties include knee arthroscopy and in-hip labral tear/FAI/impingement, as well as complex knee multi-ligament repair.
Meet Jack Skendzel, M.D.
Dr. Skendzel’s approach: “An active lifestyle requires superior physical function, and I understand that my patients have exceptionally high standards for their performance and joint health. My goal is to return patients to optimal function so that they can continue to perform and master their personal athletic goals.”
Dr. Skendzel’s education: Dr. Skendzel attended the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana for his undergraduate degree, and he went on to complete medical school at Georgetown University. His residency took place at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and he later completed advanced fellowship training at The Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado.
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My name is Dr. Jack Skendzel and I am a orthopedic surgeon focusing on sports medicine. I grew up in Michigan and I went to the University of Notre Dame for undergrad and then I went to Georgetown University for medical school. I did my orthopedic residency at the University of Michigan and then I did a fellowship specializing in hip arthroscopy and sports medicine at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. I was drawn to orthopedics during medical school. It wasn’t what I always wanted to do. I’m a very mechanical person so I like to understand how things work. I like to take things apart, put them back together. I like to build things with my hands and so in medical school seeing my first joint replacement, I remember thinking that this was for me and as my career progressed and I went through medical school and then eventually into residency, I found that sports medicine resonated with me because I was able to do all those same things but work with a very active population and so I really like that I can fix a hip labrum or reconstruct an ACL in the knee and get a very otherwise active person back to the things that they wanna do. By far the best part of my job is taking care of patients that live in the community where I live and also taking care of friends or family members of other patients that I’ve had. So for me, there’s no bigger compliment when I get a referral from a friend of a friend or a parent or a sibling of a patient that I’ve already taken care of. Well I think it’s real easy to get drawn into the day to day grind and looking at it just as an ACL or just as a labrum or just as a shoulder, whatever. But really there’s a huge personal element there, right? And so that’s the best part of the job for me and when you have those connections with people and you take care of them like you’d wanna be treated or you’d like a family member to be treated, that’s really what this is all about. When I’m not at work, I enjoy hanging out with my family. We really enjoy traveling all over the world. I also am an avid home brewer and I enjoy cooking.
“An active lifestyle requires superior physical function, and I understand that my patients have exceptionally high standards for their performance and joint health. My goal is to return patients to optimal function so that they can continue to perform and master their personal athletic goals.”
Ask the Expert: Sports Medicine Video Series
Sports-related kneecap injuries are common among young athletes. Dr. Skendzel explains when these injuries should be medically evaluated.
We know that physical therapy after joint surgery is a critical part of the recovery process, but can therapy before surgery also improve our recovery?