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SportsMED...the only name you need to know for complete orthopaedic care


SportsMED Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Center is a complete orthopedic practice committed to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Whether you are suffering from a sports injury, on-the-job injury, or general orthopedic complaint, SportsMED is the only resource you need.

At SportsMED, you have access to the most diverse group of fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists, within a single practice, in North Alabama. Our physicians focus their skills exclusively on their area of orthopedic specialty, so patients see the right physician for their specific need. It’s our diverse group of orthopedic specialties that makes us unique, but it’s our dedication to improving the lives of our patients that sets us apart.

SportsMED was founded in 1995 as a two physician practice, but has since grown into a complete orthopedic practice with 20 physicians covering ten subspecialties of orthopedic medicine, with locations in Huntsville, Madison, Athens, and Decatur. Highly qualified physicians, fully equipped facilities, skilled support staffs, and four convenient locations combine to create the right environment for orthopedic excellence. SportsMED is the only name you need to know for complete orthopedic care.



Sports Medicine Fellows

H. Cobb Alexander, M.D.

Dr. H. Cobb Alexander


Dr. Alexander is a Board Certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and joint replacement surgery. A graduate of Washington and Lee University in Virginia, he received his M.D. from Vanderbilt University. In 1987, he completed his orthopaedic residency at the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, South Carolina. In 1988, he completed a combined fellowship in joint replacement surgery and sports medicine, the former at New England Baptist Hospital and the latter at Children's Hospital, both in Boston. Dr. Alexander was one of the founding physicians for the Joint Center at Huntsville Hospital East.

Specialty Centers: Sports Medicine, Joint Replacement, General Orthopaedics
Patient Education: Shoulder, Knee, Hip

Brett Franklin, M.D.



Dr. Franklin graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He received his Medical Degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, AL in 2003. After completing his orthopaedic residency at the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, NC in 2008, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Dr. Franklin is a native of Huntsville and attended Grissom High School. He is on the active staff at Crestwood Hospital and the Surgery Center of Huntsville.

Specialty Centers: Sports Medicine, Joint Replacement, General Orthopaedics
Patient Education: Knee, Hip, Shoulder

Eric Janssen, M.D.



Dr. Eric Janssen is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine with an emphasis in the diagnosis and treatment of knee and shoulder injuries. His interest in the specialty came from his own experience as a high school and college athlete. He graduated from Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia in 1986 and completed his residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.  In 1992, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at Hughston Orthopaedic Clinic in Columbus, Georgia. He is Board Certified and has held numerous professional appointments, including his current position as Affiliate Instructor for UAHuntsville College of Nursing.  Dr. Janssen serves as Director of Research and President of SportsMED Orthopaedic Surgery & Spine Center. He is the team physician for several area high schools as well as a number of local colleges and universities. In addition, Dr. Janssen is a consultant for Wright Medical Technology, Inc.

Dr. Janssen has published several articles on ACL reconstruction techniques and has participated in numerous research studies of the knee and shoulder.  He is currently conducting post market research on articular cartilage repair.

Specialty Centers: Sports Medicine, General Orthopaedics, Joint Replacement
Patient Education: Knee, Shoulder, Cartilage Repair/Transplanation

Troy Layton, M.D.



Dr. Layton is a specialist in sports medicine and a 1989 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. After completing his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1994, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Oklahoma. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has served as team physician and consultant for such notable teams as University of Florida and Oklahoma State University as well as consultant for the Milwaukee Brewers and Major League Baseball. He is currently performing cartilage transplantation of the knee. Dr. Layton is a course instructor for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in advanced knee ligament reconstructive procedures as well as a Clinical Instructor at UAB.

Specialty Centers: Sports Medicine, General Orthopaedics, Joint Replacement
Patient Education: Knee, Shoulder, Hip

Kristina Janssen Donovan, D.O.

Dr. Kristina Janssen Donovan


Dr. Kristina Janssen Donovan is a physiatrist specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation.  She focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic conditions utilizing a nonsurgical approach including medications, physical therapy, and muscle and joint injections.  She also performs spinal injections including lumbar epidural steroid injections, caudal epidural injections, lumbar facet and medial branch blocks, and sacroiliac joint injections.  She also received specialized training in the diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders and performs EMGs and nerve conduction studies.

Dr. Donovan joined the SportsMED team in 2012 after completing her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at UAB.  There she was chief resident and recipient of the PM&R 2012 Huang Risident Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Donovan graduated cum laude from Marshall University with an undergraduate degree in Biology.  She then attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine followed by an internal medicine internship at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Donovan conducted and participated in several clinical research studies on topics ranging from traumatic spinal cord injuries to outcomes of
arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs.  She has also been published in the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Knowledge Now, a clinical resource site.  Dr. Donovan is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Medical Association of Alabama, and the
Alabama Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Specialty Centers: Physiatry


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