Greenwich and NYC sports medicine doctor to help keep players on the field
The United Football League (UFL), an Independent professional American football league that
began play in October 2009, has named Kevin Plancher, MD as team physician. He has been
assigned to the NY Sentinels. Dr. Plancher is a nationally recognized sports medicine leader and
orthopaedic surgeon with expertise in treating knee, shoulder, elbow and hand injuries.
The League’s premiere season consisted of four teams; The California Redwoods, The Florida
Tuskers, the Las Vegas Locomotives and the New York Sentinels, and was played in October and
November 2009. The season culminated in the championship game on November 27 in Sam
Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The league’s defending champions are the Las Vegas
Locomotives, who defeated the Florida Tuskers, 20-17, in overtime in the November 27 title
game. The league has confirmed a second season, and additional franchises are possible for
Sites include San Antonio, Texas and Omaha, Nebraska. The season is expected to begin
around September 11th. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting new League,” noted Dr.
Plancher. “I look forward to working with the players and keeping them healthy and game
ready”. Dr. Plancher is also the head physician for the Long Island Lizards professional lacrosse
team; and team doctor for Manhattanville College.
About Dr. Plancher:
Kevin D. Plancher, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.O.S., is one of the nation’s leading orthopaedic
surgeons and sports medicine experts, specializing in the treatment of knee, shoulder, elbow
and hand injuries. He is Associate Clinical Professor in Orthopaedics at Albert Einstein College of
Medicine in New York City and the Head Team physician for the professional lacrosse team, the
Long Island Lizards. Dr. Plancher is on the editorial review board of the Journal of the American
Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.,
a New York City research company, named Dr. Plancher America’s Top Doctor in Sports
Medicine. Every year from 2001 to 2010 he has been included in Castle Connolly’s list of Top
Doctors in the New York Metro area, as published in New York Magazine’s yearly “Best Doctors”
Dr. Plancher received his M.D. degree (cum laude) and an M.S. degree in physiology from
Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He completed his residency at Harvard University’s
orthopaedic program and a fellowship at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo., where he
studied shoulder and knee reconstruction and served as consultant to the clinic for six years. He
has been team physician for more than 15 high school, college and national championship
An attending physician at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City and Stamford Hospital in
Stamford, CT, he maintains offices in Manhattan and Greenwich, CT, www.plancherortho.com.
Dr. Plancher lectures extensively in the U.S. and abroad on issues related to orthopaedic
procedures and injury management. He also has been named to the sports medicine
arthroscopy program subcommittee for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr.
Plancher has been awarded the Order of Merit (magna cum laude) for distinguished
philanthropy in the advancement of orthopaedic surgery by the Orthopaedic Research and
Education Foundation. In 2001, he founded The Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles, a
not-for-profit foundation focused on maintaining and enhancing the physical well-being of active
individuals through the development and promotion of research and supporting technologies,