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Sports Medicine Physician Enjoys ‘Coming Home’ to Practice Medicine

Dr. Rayborn PRA dozen years after graduating from Ansonia High School, Jeff Rayborn, M.D., is back in the area to pursue his long-time interest in sports medicine. Now with the UVMC Center for Sports Medicine at Hyatt Center in Tipp City, Dr. Rayborn is working with area athletes, serving as a primary care sports medicine physician at the Center and providing game coverage.

A Darke County native, Dr. Rayborn holds an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati. His three-year residency in family practice was at Tri-Health Bethesda North Hospital, followed by a one-year fellowship in sports medicine, also at Bethesda North.

Dr. Rayborn arrived at the Center for Sports Medicine in early August. He had hoped to land a position close to home, and the Center for Sports Medicine position, through UVMC/Good Samaritan/Premier Health Partners, filled the bill.  He’s excited to be practicing in the area where he played both football and basketball in high school.

“A lot of the area schools I am familiar with from being in Ansonia. A lot of the schools played in the same conference in high school or I am familiar with them and know people who went there,” Dr. Rayborn said.

He’ll focus on non-operative orthopedics such as shoulders, elbows, knees, hips, fracture care and injections. If surgery is needed, he’ll refer the patient to the appropriate physician for follow-up care.

Dr. Rayborn first thought about medical school while a high school student, considering a career in orthopedic surgery.
 
“I loved sports...I wanted to stay involved and be able to work in something I enjoy doing,” he said.

His early medical training experiences interacting with patients steered him in a different direction from surgery. “I enjoyed talking to the patients, doing the evaluations, setting the broken bones, whatever needed to be done,” he said.
 
At one time, orthopedic surgeons primarily were the physicians involved in sports medicine; however, the field of primary care sports medicine – Dr. Rayborn’s specialty – has evolved.  
“It is a different role and a needed role for the field,” Dr. Rayborn said. In addition to dealing with injuries, he can help address skin issues, exercise-induced asthma, concussion management and other related conditions.

Many schools today have an athletic trainer, which is good for the young athletes, Dr. Rayborn said. “They cover anything from bracing to beginning therapy or having an idea when someone needs to go see a physician versus giving the injury more time. The trainers are great at helping people through that,” he said.
 
Dr. Rayborn said he likes the Center for Sports Medicine’s walk-in clinics on Saturdays from August through October, covering the fall season for soccer and football.

“It is nice that athletes can get evaluated and get a couple of days head start instead of waiting until Monday to be checked out,” he said. “That way they know if they are safe to go to Monday practice, or, if they need therapy, they can get started. It gives everyone a plan.”

The Center for Sports Medicine staff includes physical therapists, physical therapy assistants; athletic trainers; and additonal support staff. 
Dr. Rayborn said he is impressed by what he has seen so far at the Center, including its physical therapy department.
 
“You look at the statistics from the studies they’ve done.  They do a great job,” he said. “I enjoy working with the kids and adolescents who come through here.”
 
To contact Dr. Rayborn’s office, call 440-7248.  To learn more about the UVMC Center for Sports Medicine, call 667-2614 or visit www.uvmc.com/sportsmedicine.