Richard C. Lehman, is an orthopedic surgeon in St. Louis, Missouri, who pioneered the procedure for articular cartilage reconstruction using two-phased cartilage grafts. He has also been a central figure in sports injury treatment, presenting at over 30 conferences, as well as participating in multiple sports injury research projects.
Dr. Lehman actively treats track and field athletes worldwide and professional sports athletes from North America. He has treated sports superstars like NBA legend Michael Jordan, PGA tour champion, Tiger Woods, three-time Gold Medal Olympian, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, NFL stars Jerome Bettis, Ty Law, Dez Bryant, and Cam Newton, to name a few, as well as serving as chief medical consultant for the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins. Lehman has been the team physician for the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues, as well as been a consulting physician for UCLA Track & Field, and has covered four Olympic Games, as well as seven Track and Field World Championships.
Lehman received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota of where he helped lead the Golden Gophers to two Big Ten tennis championships. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1980 with his M.D. degree. Dr. Lehman completed his internship and Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Barnes Hospital/Washington University and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Over the course of his medical education, Lehman received eight educational honor, including the Eastern Orthopedic Cervical Spine Institute Award in 1986.
Lehman currently serves as the founder and medical director of the U.S. Center for Sports Medicine in Kirkwood, Missouri. Because of his advancements in sports medicine, Dr. Lehman has been inducted into both the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
He has treated sports superstars like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.