Former quarterback combines love of sports with medicine

Our new sports medicine specialist Dr. Spencer Romine knows a lot about medicine AND about sports.

He was a high school football star, a college quarterback and, most recently, a team physician for the Atlanta Falcons. And he once considered becoming a professional fisherman.

“I stand by the saying, ‘You work to live, not live to work.’ ”

He was able to marry his love of sports with his work as an orthopedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicine during a fellowship at Emory University, where he served the professional football team.

“I find just about all aspects of sports medicine interesting. Being able to watch a patient improve after surgery and/or therapy and get back to what they like to do on a daily basis is so enjoyable.”

He is particularly pleased with advances in arthroscopy that have improved ACL (knee) reconstruction and shoulder surgery. “It’s possible to perform very minimally invasive surgeries that once required large incisions and increased complications. As techniques improve, patients will continue to reap the benefits of less pain, faster recovery and a more enjoyable postoperative course.”

He and his wife, Bethany, a former Graves County basketball and soccer player, chose to move their two young children to Paducah to start his medical career and be close to her large family. “It’s a big Christmas every year,” he said, noting one sibling has twins and the other triplets.

“I enjoy the small town feel of Paducah. The people remind me of my hometown in Alabama – hard-working, respectful of others, Christian values. What better place to raise a family?”

He just hopes Kentuckians give him a chance, when they realize he graduated from Duke University. “I’m not a die-hard Duke fan, so Kentucky fans, don’t take it out on me. I mean no harm!”

In fact, Wildcat fans may be interested to know he completed his orthopedic residency at UK. “My most memorable patient experience to date was while I was at UK, taking care of a 50-year-old veteran with extensive cancer throughout his hip joint.”

As he developed the care plan, he became close to the patient and his family. “He and his wife were so appreciative of our relationship, not just the result of surgery. We exchanged hugs, and the look in his eyes proved to me I had chosen the correct profession.”

Dr. Romine said he loves his job. “That will show in the way that I take care of my patients.”

Dr. Romine joins Dr. Brian Kern as the sports medicine specialists at Orthopaedic Institute of Western Kentucky. Read about Dr. Kern or see related videos at:

Arthroscopic hip surgery

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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