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By Ochsner Lafayette General
April 6, 2022

Partnership builds on Ochsner’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine programs, including the experts at Ochsner Lafayette General

Lafayette, La. – Internationally-renowned orthopedic surgeon James R. Andrews, MD announced an exclusive five-year partnership with Ochsner Health. Building upon Ochsner’s award-winning sports medicine and orthopedic programs throughout the state, Dr. Andrews will bring his expertise, research, and education platform, newly launched as Andrews Medicine, to strengthen the best-in-class care for patients and athletes across Louisiana and Mississippi.

As part of Ochsner Health system, the Ochsner Lafayette General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine service lines will work in consultation with Dr. Andrews to expand Ochsner’s accredited orthopedic sports medicine programs and to enhance sports performance protocols and offerings. The Ochsner Lafayette General Sports Medicine program includes 31 athletic trainers across the region and has partnerships with high school athletic programs that span 26 schools throughout Acadiana.

Each month, Dr. Andrews will consult with Ochsner physicians and sports medicine teams across the state to provide guidance and share clinical best practices. He will also participate in educational, research and professional development initiatives, while he continues his leadership and advocacy in preventing youth sports injuries which has been a passion of Dr. Andrews for the last 20 years.

“Our award-winning orthopedic and sports medicine team is excited to partner with Andrews Medicine and gain valuable insights from Dr. Andrews that will allow us to continue growing and improving upon the care our patients and athletes have come to expect and rely on,” said Brian Etier, MD, board-certified orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon, Ochsner Lafayette General. “Through this partnership, we will be able to enhance our already successful program with a nationally-recognized, leading edge sports medicine service to train the next generation of athletes in Acadiana.”

Otis Drew, MD, and Paul Williams, MD, are also board-certified in both orthopedics and sports medicine and practice alongside Dr. Etier and the team of orthopedic surgeons at the Ochsner Lafayette General Orthopedic Center.

“Throughout my career in healthcare, I’ve always admired Ochsner Health system and the organization for their commitment to excellence in healthcare,” said Dr. Andrews. “There are a lot of unique reasons for this partnership. However, the most important reason is the impact we can have on the lives of our patients in my home state. Combining the Ochsner and Andrews commitment to excellence in clinical care, the prevention of injury and disease, and the ongoing drive to innovate and discover new treatments and best practices is an exciting opportunity for all of us, especially the patients we will serve in the Gulf South Region and beyond.”

To make an appointment with our highly trained orthopedics and sports medicine physicians and learn more about our program, please visit For photos of Dr. Andrews as well as our team of board-certified orthopedic and sports medicine surgeons, click here.