Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

UAMS Northwest began the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in 2015 as an adjunct to the Family Medicine Residency. The one-year fellowship includes training at UAMS Northwest Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Physicians Specialty Hospital, and at local high schools. The program is directed by program director Dr. Ramon Ylanan and associate program director Dr. Larry Balle. The program offers coverage of a wide array of sports experiences from high school sports to mass participation events. The program has graduated five fellows to date including Dr. Kyle Arthur who works covering the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and Dr. Tim Ratliff who covers the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, and the Phoenix Suns.

Razorbacks partner with UAMS to serve Razorback student-athletes

Ramon Ylanan

UAMS’s Ramon Ylanan, M.D., who will serve as one of the primary physicians for Razorback Athletics.

Ramon YlananRamon Ylanan, M.D., program director, has over 11 years of sports medicine and SEC team physician experience. He served as the head primary care sports medicine physician for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks for over seven years and a team physician for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. His sports medicine experience includes caring for six NCAA College World Series teams, including the 2010 and 2011 NCAA College World Series Champion Gamecocks as well as multiple NCAA Track and Cross-Country Championship Razorback teams. In addition to his SEC experience, Dr. Ylanan has provided cared for the Columbia and Alabama Ballet companies, multiple high school programs in the Birmingham, Ala., Columbia, S.C., and Fayetteville, Ark., areas, and has served as medical director for the HogEye Marathon. He and his wife, Melissa, have two children, AJ and Mia.


Larry Balle, M.D.

Larry Balle II,  M.D., M.P.H., associate program director, is a primary care sports medicine physician who joined UAMS in April 2020. Prior to joining UAMS, he worked with a private practice and as a team physician for the University of Arkansas. Prior to this, he finished his sports medicine fellowship at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest Campus Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in Fayetteville, Ark., under the mentorship of Dr. Ramon Ylanan.

His focus encompasses comprehensive sports medicine care including regenerative medicine (“stem cell” therapy), diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound, concussion and return to play protocol, and sports optimization. Dr. Balle also has a special interest in cell therapy and regenerative medicine, platelet rich plasma and bone marrow aspirate, to heal injuries naturally through your own body’s cells and growth factors.


Wesley Cox, M.D.Wesley Cox, M.D., director of orthopaedics, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology at Auburn University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He completed medical school at UAMS in Little Rock, where he received multiple scholarships and was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, a medical school honor society. Upon completion of his medical degree, Dr. Cox remained at UAMS to complete his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery. During his residency he received several awards, including being named the UAMS Resident of the Year in 2004.

Dr. Cox and his family then traveled to San Francisco to complete fellowship specialty training in shoulder, elbow, and sports medicine. He trained with several world-renowned surgeons, including those who first reported the ability to repair rotator cuff tears arthroscopically in the 1980s as well as the designers of the most common shoulder replacement system used in the world.

During his training and in his practice in Fayetteville, Dr. Cox has worked extensively with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. He is the former Head Team Physician for multiple sports for the Arkansas Razorbacks and is an orthopaedic consultant for the LPGA tour. Dr. Cox has operated on current members of the MLB, NFL, PGA, LPGA, USTA, Bassmasters/FLW, LPGA, and USA Track and Field.


Chad SongyChad Songy, M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the shoulder and elbow. Dr. Songy was born and raised in Baton Rouge, La., where he attended Louisiana State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

He proceeded to graduate with honors from Louisiana State University medical school. After medical school, he journeyed to Arkansas to complete orthopaedic residency at UAMS in Little Rock. During the final year of his residency, Dr. Songy was awarded the Chris Hackler Award for Excellence in Medical Ethics; a yearly award recognizing a single resident and faculty in the UAMS College of Medicine who demonstrated exemplary attention to ethical issues that affect patient care.

Following residency, Dr. Songy moved to Rochester, Minn., for a year of training at the Mayo Clinic, where he focused on complex reconstruction of adult and pediatric disorders involving the shoulder and elbow.


Navin KilambiNaveen Kilambi, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at UAMS.

Dr. Kilambi is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy, or minimally invasive, camera-enabled joint surgery. He is part of the UAMS Sports Medicine team, which includes primary care physicians specially trained in sports needs, sports-certified physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and strength coaches, and experts in women’s health, sports nutrition, and sports psychology.

Dr. Kilambi earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and his medical degree from UAMS. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery with the U.S. Navy at the Naval Medicine Center in San Diego and a fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Ohio.


Dr. Shea Brannan, M.D.

Patrick Shea Brannan, M.D., is a fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in hand and upper extremity conditions and injuries. Dr. Brannan brings with him almost 15 years of military orthopaedic surgery experience. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the United Stated Air Force Academy in 1996, where he graduated with Distinguished Military Honors. Upon completion of his medical degree at UAMS, Dr. Brannan completed his internship and residency at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Brannan attended the prestigious Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina, which included a traveling fellowship to Barcelona, Spain.

Following completion of his residency training, Dr. Brannan traveled to the Emerald Coast of Florida, where he was assigned to both a Special Operations Surgical Team and Eglin Air Force Base Hospital during the peak of military operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Brannan served as Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery overseeing the care of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Army Special Operations personnel including the Navy Seals, Green Berets, and Air Force Pararescue Personnel. He served on six deployments on four continents and was part of the advance team for the Haitian earthquake relief. Dr. Brannan has received numerous awards honoring him for his service including a Bronze Star and Outstanding Unit Award with Valor.


Tyler CarlLee, M.D.Tyler L. CarlLee, M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in disorders of the shoulder, elbow and knee. Dr. CarlLee was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and is a proud Little Rock Central Tiger. He attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance.

He completed medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), where he was awarded a number of scholarships and academic achievement awards. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society during his third year of medical school.

After graduating from UAMS at the top of his class, he completed his internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at the prestigious University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, where he helped provide care for the Iowa Hawkeyes collegiate athletic teams during his training. Following his orthopaedic surgery residency, Dr. CarlLee completed a Sports Medicine and Shoulder/Elbow Fellowship at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina. He worked with the Carolina Panthers NFL football team and the Charlotte Knights (AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) baseball team. He also helped to provide care for the the Charlotte Forty-Niners football and basketball teams as well as athletes at Davidson College, Queens College, Gardner-Webb University, and J. C. Smith College. He was the team physician for West Charlotte High School.

Dr. CarlLee performs a number of procedures, including knee arthroscopy with meniscus repair, partial meniscectomy, ACL reconstruction, shoulder arthroscopy with rotator cuff repair, and labral repair. He also treats traumatic injuries to the shoulder, elbow and knee. He has received unique and focused training in complex procedures of the knee including multi-ligamentous reconstruction, bone realignment procedures, cartilage preservation and restoration procedures.


Bob Gullett, M.D.

Robert R. Gullett, Jr., M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon by training. His practice career began in 1974 when he completed his residency training. Upon completion of residency, he was on active duty for two years at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He then began a 30-year orthopedic surgery private practice in Pine Bluff, Ark.. During his time there, he was very involved in his practice, family, church and community. He served as an adjunct faculty member for the AHEC Center in Pine Bluff from 1978 to 2006. He was active in teaching the family medicine residents.

His career in administration began in 2001, when he became medical director at Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC), a 300-bed hospital in southeast Arkansas. He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives. In 2007, he completed the UCLA Healthcare Executive Program held at the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He has also served as Director for the AHEC-Northwest (now the Family Medical Centers) and the Assistant Vice Chancellor for UAMS Northwest.



2021-202s Sports Medicine Fellows

Dr. Vince Chukwukelu


Dr. Vince Chukwukelu
Medical School: International American University College of Medicine, Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia
Residency: Navicent Health Family Medicine Residency, Macon, GA



Dr. Matthew Lamagna


Dr. Matthew Lamagna
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glendale, AZ
Residency: New York Medical College, Vahalla, NY





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