Primary Care Sports Medicine

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.

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.

Email: RYlanan@uams.edu

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.

Email: LBalle@uams.edu

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.

Email: WKCox@uams.edu

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.

Email: CSongy@uams.edu

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.

Email: NRKilambi@uams.edu

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 and lasted until 2006. 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 been the Director for the AHEC-Northwest since April 2006 and the Assistant Vice Chancellor for UAMS Northwest since January 2007.

Email: rgullett@uams.edu

 

2020-2021 Sports Medicine Fellow

Ryan Sorell

 

Dr. Ryan Sorell
Hometown: Pittsburg, KS
Medical School: University of Kansas-Wichita
Residency: Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN

 

 

Program Coordinator

Tracy Rogers

 

Tracy M. Rogers
Phone: (479) 521-0263
Fax: (479) 521-8723
Email: tmrogers@uams.edu

 

 

Training Sites

UAMS Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Northwest Health Physicians Specialty Hospital
Multiple Local High Schools
Mass Participation — Hogeye Marathon

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