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UW Health Sports Medicine's William Clancy, MD, PhDWilliam Clancy Jr., MD, PhD, has returned to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health as chair of the Division of Sports Medicine.


Dr. Clancy founded the UW Sports Medicine program in 1974, one of the first of its kind at a major university.


He invented and perfected the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction procedures, which are used by virtually all knee surgeons throughout the world today. His surgical patients have won more than 20 medals in the Olympics and world championships and also include NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, World Cup Soccer, LPGA and PGA tour players.


Dr. Clancy is past president of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), has been inducted into the AOSSM Hall of Fame, and was named Mr. Sports Medicine by the AOSSM.


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This year he received the prestigious President's Challenge Award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association. He has served as team orthopedic surgeon for the U.S. hockey team and U.S. ski team as well as co-medical director for the LPGA Tour.


Prior to Dr. Clancy's recent return, he was a partner at Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center at St. Vincent's in Birmingham, Alabama and provided sports medicine coverage for the University of Alabama and Georgia Tech University.