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Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic Institute

Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic Institute is practice comprised of driven physicians and surgeons who strive to make each of our patients’ a priory through personalized service and new wave treatment options. We are the leading healthcare provider in the areas of Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery and stand as a beacon of excellence and professional competency in the State of Florida. Through the use of Innovative and cutting edge treatment methods and methodologies we make it our mission to reduce the amount of impact to one’s life and performance while increasing the treatment efficiencies and time of recovery. We take every client very seriously and provide only the best service possible, from consultation, to treatment, to recuperation, to physiotherapy and finally full recovery; we walk with you every step of the way to ensure we put you back in the game, whether it’s a sporting game, or the game of life.

An active sports career for the athlete or a on the go lifestyle for the everyday warier are the flavors of life. These activities get our hearts pumping, our blood racing- and our spirits soaring. But sometimes these activities lead to injury; these injuries then prevent us from being able to participate in the things we loved to once do. This is why finding the most qualified physicians is so important. At Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic Institute, you can be at ease and comfortably put yourself in our care.

When you become our patient, it's a big deal to us because we understand that you are looking for a doctor and medical service that will live up to your expectations. Developing an injury, regardless if its acute or chronic, puts one in a vulnerable position and the last thing you want to worry about is trying to figure out whether the doctor treating you has the necessary expertise and training to give you the treatment you need and deserve. At Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic Institute, we will put all your worries to ease. We believe that the doctor-patient relationship is a partnership and we take the time to educate our patients and create a treatment plan together that best suits each individual’s needs. Our end goal is the same as yours which is to get you back in the game of life as safely and as efficiently as possible.

Please note: Plans we are contracted with are subject to change. Please contact the office to find out if your specific product is in network. Please do not hesitate to contact our office to find out if your requested physician is contracted. Some insurance plans do require authorizations or referrals for a visit to a specialist.


Contracted Insurances:

  • Aetna (including Medicare replacement plans)
  • Aetna Better Health
  • Amerigroup
  • BCBS of Florida (all plans) and BCBS out of State
  • Cigna
  • Careplus (including Medicare replacement plans)
  • Cigna Central Florida Network (Disney PPO Plan)
  • Allegiance - Orlando Health HMO - Disney
  • Freedom/Optimum
  • GHI
  • Humana
  • Freedom/Optimum (including Medicare replacement plans)
  • Multiplan/PHCS
  • Orlando Health Network
  • Prestige Health Choice
  • Prime Health Services
  • Sunshine State
  • Tricare Standard & Prime
  • United Healthcare
  • Wellcare/Staywell
  • Wellmed
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Workers Compensation, Motor Vehicle Accident, Slip and Fall

Our Team

Dr. Amit Varma
 

Dr. Amit Varma
Sports Specialized Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

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Amit Varma, M.D., is a double board certified orthopedic surgeon who is double sports fellowship trained. Dr. Varma earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/Biology from the University of Manitoba where he was a Dean’s Honor’s List graduate. He received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba Medical School.

He performed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Manitoba where he was named Chief Resident. While there, his sports coverage included the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) and Manitoba Moose Hockey (IFL).

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He went on to complete a Sports Fellowship at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, PA. He worked under Dr. Michael Ciccotti, associate team doctor for the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Soul, and St. Joseph’s University.

He then completed a second Sports Fellowship at ASMI and the Andrews Institute under Dr. James Andrews, where he was an associate team doctor for the University of Auburn, the University of West Florida, and Escambia High School.

Following fellowship, Dr. Varma went on to work as an orthopedic surgeon at the National Training Center Sports Medicine Institute in Clermont, FL.

In 2011, Dr. Varma founded Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic Institute, located in Clermont, FL, where he currently practices orthopedic surgery. He serves as the team physician for South Sumter High School, Wildwood High School, Leesburg High School, East Ridge High School, and South Lake High School. Dr. Varma is currently serving as the Chief of Surgery for South Lake Hospital.

Dr. Varma is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Sports Medicine, and the Canadian Orthopedic Association.

Dr. Varma is currently serving as the Chief of Surgery for South Lake Hospital and he was just recognized as one of “Florida Top Doc”. Please see https://fltopdocs.com/doctors/amit-varma/

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Dr. Varma Patient Testimonial

Dr. Varma Patient Testimonial

Dr. Varma Patient Testimonial

Dr. Brian Patterson
 

Dr. Brian Patterson
Board Certified in Non Operative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Brian Patterson, M.D., is a Sports Medicine Physician with specialized post-graduate training in Sports Medicine. Board Certified in Family Medicine and Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a Sub-specialty of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine.

Brian Patterson, M.D. is a board certified family medicine physician with specialized post-graduate training in sports medicine.

Dr. Patterson earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from The Citadel where he graduated on the Dean’s List and was captain of the varsity soccer team. He received his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

He completed his residency in family practice at Providence Hospital and Medical Centers.

He went on to complete a post-grad fellowship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a sub-specialty in Spinal Cord Injury at Harvard Medical School.

He worked as an urgent care physician in Massachusetts and Florida from 2003-2009.

He worked as a primary care sports medicine physician for the National Training Center Sports Medicine Institute.

He went on to work as an urgent care physician for Urgent Medical Care in Pompano, FL.

In 2013, Dr. Patterson joined Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic Institute as a primary care sports medicine physician. He serves as the team physician for South Lake High School, South Sumter High School, Wildwood High School, Leesburg High School, and East Ridge High School.

He was an editorial board member for Urgent Care: Official Journal of the AAUCM. He served as editor for Emergency Medicine: The Practice Journal for Emergency Physician. From 2008-2010, his focus was “Radiology Quiz” and started in 2011, he began work on “Challenges in Sports Medicine and Orthopedics”.

Dr. Patterson is a member of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Dr. Patterson Patient Testimonial

Dr. Patterson Patient Testimonial

Dr. Patterson Patient Testimonial

Dr. William Athans
 

Dr. William Athans
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

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William Athans, M.D. is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. Dr. Athans earned his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Bacteriology from the University of Florida. He received his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

He performed his orthopedic surgery residency at Orlando Health where he was named Orthopedic Chief Resident. While there, he served as a team physician for Lake Howell High School.

He went on to complete a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Doctors Hospital Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. He served as the team physician for Westminster Christian High School football and Ransom Everglades High School football.

While in Miami, Dr. Athans was also as an assistant team doctor for the Miami Heat.

Dr. Athans also serves as an assistant doctor for post career NFL orthopedic disability physicals.

In 2014, Dr. Athans joined Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic institute as an orthopedic surgeon. He serves as the team physician for South Sumter High School, Wildwood High School, Leesburg High School, East Ridge High School, and South Lake High School.

Dr. Athans is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Florida Orthopedic Society.

Dr. William Baldwin
 

Dr. William Baldwin
Board-Eligible Orthopedic Surgeon

William Baldwin, M.D. is a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship-trained in sports medicine. Dr. Baldwin earned his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Florida. He received his medical degree from the University Of Florida College Of Medicine.

He performed his orthopedic surgery residency at Orlando Health where he received The Exemplary Colleague Physician Award 2018 and The CAPI Best Resident Award 2018.

He went on to complete a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the James Andrews Institute.  His team coverage included Washington Redskins, NFL Football, Orlando City Soccer Club, Major League, Arnold Palmer Invitational, Pro Golf Association to name a few.

In 2019, Dr. Baldwin joined Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic institute as an orthopedic surgeon and Sports Medicine Physician. He serves as the team physician for Lake County schools during sports season.

Dr. Baldwin is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, The American Society for Sports Medicine, and the AO Trauma Association.

Dr. Peter Shekailo
 

Dr. Peter Shekailo
Board-Eligible Orthopedic Surgeon

Peter Shekailo, M.D. is a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship-trained in Adult Reconstructive Hip and Knee. Dr. Shekailo earned his bachelor's degree in Microbiology & Cell Science from the University of Florida. He received his medical degree from the University Of Florida College Of Medicine.

He performed his orthopedic surgery residency at Orlando Health Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

He went on to complete an Adult Reconstructive Hip and Knee Fellowship at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, Chicago IL. His honors and awards to name a few, 3rd place, University of Florida Undergraduate Research Symposium, Valedictorian - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences University of Florida, Dean's List- University of Florida.

In 2020, Dr. Shekailo joined Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic institute as an orthopedic surgeon in Reconstruction Total Joint Surgery.

Dr. Shekailo is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeon.

Dr. Matthew Lee Welsh
 

Dr. Matthew Lee Welsh
Board-Eligible Orthopedic Surgeon

Matthew Lee Welsh, M.D. is a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship-trained in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.

Dr. Welsh earned his bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Microbiology with University Honors Magna Cum Laude. He received his medical degree from Florida State University College of Medicine.

He performed his orthopedic surgery residency at Orlando Health as Chief Resident, and awarded 2019 Best Resident in Orthopedics at Orlando Health.

He went on to complete Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. His honors and awards to name a few, Foundation for Orthopedic Trauma (FOT) Scholarship, 2014 Excellence in Surgery Award, Florida State University College of Medicine, 2014 Campus Dean’s Award, Orlando Regional Campus, Florida State University College of Medicine, 2013 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society, Florida State University College of Medicine

In 2020, Dr. Welsh joined Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic institute as an orthopedic surgeon in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.

Dr. Welsh is Candidate Member, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society.

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