UAMS Northwest began the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in 2015 as an adjunct to the UAMS Northwest Family Medicine Residency. The one-year fellowship includes training at Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists, Physicians Specialty Hospital, and with the Arkansas Razorbacks sports teams on the UA campus in Fayetteville. The program is directed by Dr. Ramon Ylanan of Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists and Dr. Robert Gullett, center director for UAMS Northwest. Dr. Kyle Arthur, a 2015 graduate of the UAMS Northwest Family Medicine Residency, was the first Sports Medicine Fellow.
Ramon Ylanan, M.D., fellowship director, is a board-certified family physician and primary care sports medicine specialist. He has worked for Advanced Orthopaedics since 2012. He was previously an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where he also served as associate director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. He and his wife, Melissa, have two children, AJ and Mia.
Robert R. Gullett, Jr.,M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon by training. His practice career began in 1974 when he completed his residency training and lasted until 2006. Upon completion of residency, he was on active duty for two years at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo.
He then began the private practice of orthopedic surgery in Pine Bluff, Ark., and practiced there for 30 years. During his time there, he was very involved in his practice, family, church and community. He served as an adjunct faculty member for the AHEC Center in Pine Bluff from 1978 to 2006. He was active in teaching the family medicine residents.
His career in administration began in 2001, when he became medical director at Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC), a 300-bed hospital in southeast Arkansas. He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives. In 2007, he completed the UCLA Healthcare Executive Program held at the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He has been the Director for the AHEC-Northwest since April 2006 and the Assistant Vice Chancellor for UAMS Northwest since January 2007.
Terry Sites, M.D. is a double board certified orthopedic surgeon. A Little Rock native, he played basketball for Missouri State University before graduating at the top of his class from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of California – Davis and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. He is an advanced specialist in the areas of arthroscopy, joint replacement, fracture care, cartilage restoration, knee reconstruction, and rotator cuff repair.
He has 24 years of experience in orthopedics including academic research and private practice. His experience includes working with the Houston Astros, Sacramento Kings, Houston Oilers, University of Houston Cougars, and 17 years as the team doctor for Springdale High Schools. Dr. Sites is married to Odulia and has four sons, Trevor, Taylor, Jaret, and Ryan.
Mark Powell, M.D. is a double board certified orthopedic surgeon and a Fayetteville native. An accomplished athlete and world class fly fisherman, he completed an orthopedic residency at the University of West Virginia followed by a distinguished sports medicine fellowship at Washington University in St Louis.
Dr. Powell is an advanced expert in arthoscopy and re-constructive surgery of the knee and shoulder, including knee replacement, fracture care, and sports medicine. He designed a clinically-proven, patented splint for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. He has been practicing orthopedics in Fayetteville since 1997, has numerous professional achievements including UAMS Clinical Faculty Teacher of the Year 2000-2001, and is one of the Top 40 under 40 Professionals in Northwest Arkansas.
Dr. Powell’s sports training includes working with the St Louis Rams, St Louis Blues, and Washington Univeristy athletes. He has been the team doctor for Fayetteville High School for 12 years in addition to caring for numerous other athletes and people in all walks of life.
Christopher Arnold, M.D. is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and a native of Northwest Arkansas. He is a graduate of UAMS College of Medicine and completed his orthopedic residency at Hamot Medical Center in Pennsylvania. In 1998 he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the distinguished Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Arnold is an advanced specialist in arthoscopy, knee replacement, cartilage restoration, shoulder repair, fracture care, and sports medicine. He has been practicing in Northwest Arkansas since 2000. He has been published extensively in the medical journals relating to sports injuries of the knees and he continues to develop and adapt minimally invasive techniques to improve results and accelerate recovery.
Dr. Arnold’s training included working with the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and all of the Harvard collegiate teams. He and his wife Paige have two children, Chase and Spencer Paige.
Dr. Casey Wagner is a primary care sports medicine physician who joined UAMS primary care sports medicine fellowship in July 2016. Prior to joining, he finished his sports medicine fellowship at Atlantic Sports Health in New Jersey. There he provided sports medicine care and game coverage for the New York Jets, Seton Hall University, Montclair State University, College of St. Elizabeth, New Jersey Jackals Baseball, Skyland Kings Hockey, and numerous high schools. Now Dr. Wagner provides sports medicine care and game coverage for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.
Dr. Wagner holds specialty certificates of added qualifications in primary care sports medicine, is Titleist Performance Institute certified in golf medicine. He served on more than a dozen committees since 2011 and produced multiple medical research projects and medical journal articles. Currently, he serves as an associate program director of the UAMS primary care sports medicine fellowship and resides in Fayetteville with his wife Hailey and English bulldog Snacks.
Larry Balle II, M.D., M.P.H. is a 2018 graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in Fayetteville, AR. He was hired as fellowship faculty following completion of his fellowship training in July, 2018, and is a CAQ-certified sports medicine physician. Dr. Balle provides sports medicine care and game coverage for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. He is also involved in taking care of Northwest Arkansas high school athletics and reaching out to the community to provide mass event coverage and give evidence-based sports medicine lectures. His focus encompasses comprehensive sports medicine care including regenerative medicine (“stem cell” therapy), diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound, concussion and return to play protocol, sports optimization, as well as muscle, tendon, and bone injuries. Dr. Balle also has a special interest in cell therapy and regenerative medicine, platelet rich plasma and bone marrow aspirate, healing injuries naturally through your own body’s cells and growth factors. While in fellowship training, he trained extensively in regenerative medicine and office based ultrasound procedures that heal injuries without surgery. He also has an interest in the musculoskeletal mechanics and how to adjust or adapt athletic mechanics to recover from and prevent future injuries. Dr. Balle completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX at the Texas Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident. He graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine with dual degree, a medical degree and Master of Public Health with a focus on Epidemiology and in particular substance abuse. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX with a double major undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences and Entomology. In his free time Dr. Balle enjoys spending time with his family and dog, Magnolia, a Newfoundland Pyrenees mix. His hobbies include gardening, hunting, fishing, and grilling on his smoker.
Dr. Tim Ratliff
2018-2019 Sports Medicine Fellow
TIM RATLIFF, D.O.
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
University of Missouri Family & Community Medicine Program, Columbia, Missouri
Hobbies: Hiking, camping, softball, basketball, and cooking.
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