Our History

The University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute (formerly Kernan Hospital) began treating the injuries of Maryland's professional and college sports stars in the 1950s long before the emergence of sports medicine. Beginning with the NFL Baltimore Colts, the hospital provided surgery and physical therapy for players, including star quarterback Johnny Unitas, helping them to recover from injuries and get in shape during the off-season. Sports legends Wes Unseld and Johnny Unitas have served on the hospital's Board of Directors.

Over the years, teams treated have included the NBA's Baltimore Bullets, the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, the University of Maryland Terrapins, the UMBC Retrievers and Coppin State Eagles. Sports medicine and specifically, the treatment of sports injuries for members of the Baltimore Colts football team, brought the hospital acclaim among athletes and weekend warriors alike.

When the Colts came to the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute
for orthopaedic repairs in the 1950s, they brought trainer Ed Block and his assistant Bill Neill with them. Neill stayed even when the Colts left town.

Neill's career with the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute (formerly Kernan Hospital) began in 1952. In 1954, along with a group of local physicians and football players, he helped to spearhead the development of the University of Maryland Sports Medicine program.

Neill is currently the hospital's Director/Chief of Physical Therapy.

For more information on our sports medicine related programs and services, click on any of the links below:

For more information about UM Orthopaedics or to make an appointment, call toll-free at 1-877-771-4567 or 410-448-6400, send us an e-mail or complete our secure contact form.

This page was last updated: January 7, 2014

         
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