Saadiq El-Amin, MD, PhD is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the shoulder and the upper extremity as well as providing sports medicine care and coverage of athletic events.
He earned both his medical school degree and a PhD in molecular and cell biology from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He received his orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, VA. He furthered his training and education by completing a in Shoulder and Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY, from 2009-2010. While there he served as the Assistant Team Doctor for the New York Knicks and for the St. Johns University under the guidance of Dr. Answorth Allen and Dr. Lisa Callahan. where he was the Assistant Team Doctor for the New York Knicks and St. Johns University under the guidance of Drs. Answorth Allen and Lisa Callahan. Most recently, Dr. El-Amin served as the Team Physician for UIS-Springfield Athletics and was the Director of Shoulder and Sports medicine for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He was also the Team Orthopedic Physician for the Springfield Foxes Semi-Pro Football Team, Quincy University and Robert Morris College. He has also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Department of Electrical and Computer/Biomedical Engineering and Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology at SIU.
Dr. El-Amin is a member of several medical societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Research Society, and National Medical Association. Dr. El-Amin founded the Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Advanced Biomaterials while at SIU. His research interests include the area of tissue engineering where he designs ligaments for ACL, elbow and shoulder reconstruction. He has multiple publications and patents in these areas. Dr. El-Amin has over 40 publications in medical journals, a book chapter, has given approximately 50 presentations, and is the recipient of multiple research grants.
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Getting to Know Dr. Saadiq El-Amin, by Paul Thomas
Dr. Saadiq El-Amin recently joined the staff at Sports Medicine South as an orthopedic surgeon. He also is moving his tissue engineering and advance bio-materials laboratory from SIU to Georgia Gwinnett College, where he’ll also teach classes.
He talked to staff writer Paul Thomas about the move, his background and his relationship with the president of Liberia in this week’s edition of “Getting to Know….”