Assistant Professor
Chief, UAB Sports Medicine

Areas of Interest
pediatric and adolescent sports related disorders, education and management of overuse injuries in youth athletes


Dr. Estes serves as chief of UAB Sports Medicine and head orthopaedic team physician for the UAB Blazers and for multiple Birmingham-area high schools and dance studios. He also serves as the medical director for the Birmingham City School system. His role as assistant professor of orthopaedics allows him to be involved in the education of resident physicians and medical students, while also remaining active in research and the advancement of sports medicine. He began at UAB Sports Medicine following a one-of-a-kind fellowship specializing in youth and young adult sports medicine with the Harvard University affiliated program at the Children's Hospital of Boston.

Despite a busy clinical practice, he continues to be active in multiple research endeavors related to education and management of overuse injuries in youth athletes. He serves as an appointed member of the UAB Technical Standards Advisory Committee and as an Orthopaedic Career Advisor and a mentor for NIH T35 grants, supporting clinical research endeavors for the UAB School of Medicine. Further, he serves as a preceptor for the UAB School of Nursing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program and the Samford University Athletic Training Education Program.

Dr. Estes has a specialty in interest in clinical management and research in pediatric and adolescent sports related disorders. Of particular interest is management of issues in skeletally immature athletes, including extraphyseal ACL reconstruction, hip arthroscopy, and osteochondritis dissecans lesions. Further interest includes dance medicine, with affiliations with multiple dance studios and groups across the region and a dedicated dance medicine clinic. He also enjoys sideline coverage of athletic events, including care for the UAB athletes.

Momaya A, Read C, Estes R. Ouch! When Celebrations Go Wrong. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. Nov 2015. PMID 26564273

Gilbert SR, MacLennan PA, Schlitz RS, Estes AR. Screw versus pin fixation with open reduction of pediatric lateral condyle fractures. J Pediatr Orthop B, Nov 2015. PMID 26583930

Estes AR, Oladeji L. Arthroscopic Treatment of Tibial Spine Malunion with Resorbable Screws. Am J Orthop. May 2015, E160-4. PMID 25950547

Davis BJ, Estes AR. A Young Female with Right Shin Pain. JAMA, Volume 313, No 15, April 2015, p1566. PMID 258980555

Momaya A, Fawal M, Estes R. Performance-Enhancing Substances in Sports: A Review of the Literature. Sports Med. Feb 2015, 45:517-531. PMID 25663250

Momaya A, Rozzelle C, Davis K, Estes R. Delayed Presentation of a Cervical Spine Fracture Dislocation With Posterior Ligamentous Disruption in a Gymnast. Am J Orthop, Volume XLII, Number 6, June 2014, p272-274. PMID 24945477

Estes AR. Novel Technique in Hip Arthroscopy, Arthroscopy Association of North America PEARLS, May 2013.

Spine Problems in Young Athletes. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Instructional Course Lectures 2012; 61: 499-511. PMID 22301257


Medical School
University of Texas Health Science Center

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Orthopaedic Surgery

Children’s Hospital Boston Sports Medicine
Pediatric/Adolescent Sports Medicine


Campus Address
Lowder 402