Braves announce changes to medical staff

The Braves have announced several changes in the team's medical staff.

The Atlanta Braves today announced several changes to their medical staff, including naming Dr. Joe Chandler as the club's Director of Medical Services Emeritus.

Chandler, who became the club's Orthopedic Surgeon in 1987, has been unable to perform surgery since rupturing a tendon in his right hand in 1997. He continued overseeing the club's medical program as Director of Medical Services since 2001.

"We have been extremely blessed to have Dr. Chandler's expertise for nearly 20 years," Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager John Schuerholz said. "His supervision of our medical program has ensured that we have provided the best possible medical treatment for our players. Since he suffered his unfortunate injury, we have continued to benefit from his advice and excellent oversight of our medical staff and we are pleased that he will continue in an advisory role."

In addition, current team physician Dr. Norman Elliott will assume the role of Head Team Physician and Dr. Xavier Duralde has been named as the club's Lead Team Orthopedist. Elliott has been with the organization since 1992, while Duralde has been with the Braves since 1998.

Associate physicians for 2006 include Dr. John Cantwell, Dr. William Barber, Dr. Ryan Cantwell, Dr. Brooks Lide, Dr. Marvin Royster and Dr. Gary Lourie.

Jeff Porter, in his 22nd year with the organization, returns for his fourth season as the club's Head Athletic Trainer, while Jim Lovell, also entering his 22nd season with the organization, returns as the Assistant Athletic Trainer.

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