The Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute has long taken care of the bruised bones and torn ligaments of Miami’s sports teams. Now one of those teams, The Miami Heat, is partnering with the institute to create a new center for research and treatment of sports injuries. By next summer, The Miami Heat Sports Medicine Center will be in full operation as a division of the institute, in a four-story building adjacent to Doctor’s Hospital here in Coral Gables.
“This is a truly unparalleled partnership,” says Nelson Lazo, CEO of Doctor’s Hospital and the Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, both part of Baptist Health South
Florida. Currently, the Institute serves as a clinical trial site for new orthopedic surgery techniques, novel implants, genetically- engineered cartilage and bone, and revolutionary biologics. With new funding from the Heat, the Institute will continue pioneering advances in orthopedic medicine in its new facility – just in time for the punishing 2019-20 season.
“I just think this relationship is about the future,” says Miami Heat President Pat Riley (above). “It will be something that the Miami Heat and Baptist Health will be doing for years. Both organizations are paying forward. That’s what it’s about.”