If Dr. Cooper Terry weren’t already a successful orthopedic surgeon and one of the official physicians for Ole Miss’ sports teams, he might play that role on TV.
Yes ladies, he is tall, handsome, and carries himself with quiet confidence. But this is about Dr. Terry’s passions. And they’re as diverse as they are impressive.
“I love practicing medicine in Oxford because it’s a small town with a very sophisticated medical environment,” explained the Vanderbilt University graduate. Originally from Jacksonville, Fla., Dr. Terry founded Oxford Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine when he and his family moved to Oxford in 1996.
After graduating from Vanderbilt, Dr. Terry went on to earn his medical degree from the Nashville school. He then completed six years of residency training at Duke University before heading to Harvard for fellowship training.
Dr. Terry has expertise in all aspects of orthopedic medicine but he has extensive experience in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. At Duke, he treated members of Duke’s sports teams including the national championship basketball teams of 1992 and 1993. Arthritis surgery and joint replacement are additional fields of focus for the married father of three.
When asked about his duties with Ole Miss sports and specifically the football team, Dr. Terry says his team duties require many hours working with players to prevent injuries and additional hours treating them when injuries occur. “On a game-day Saturday we’re there hours before the game, ready to respond to any injuries during the game and on hand post game to manage care,” he said.
Dr. Terry says it’s not unusual to be on the phone with a player’s family after he or she gets injured to reassure folks who may live miles away from Oxford. “We don’t just care for these student athletes in a medical sense — we care about them as human beings. You can’t watch them go through a whole season making the sacrifices they make and not want the absolute best for them,” he said.
Dr. Terry says he is proud of the entire team at Oxford Orthopaedics, including his two physician partners, orthopedists Dr. Daniel Boyd and Dr. Kurre Luber.
“We’re kind of like the Ole Miss teams in the sense that it takes everyone, from our office manager to our surgeons, to ensure we give our patients the absolute best care,” he said. “We have patients visiting us from all over Northern Mississippi — from all socioeconomic backgrounds. We work hard to meet their medical needs with high-quality expert care and genuine empathy.”
That’s the kind of practice doctors, patients, nurses and office staff want to support.
Andy Knef is managing editor of HottyToddy.com