The return of Dr. William Clancy — the new chair of the sports medicine division for the University of Wisconsin athletic department — is certainly good news for Badgers quarterback Curt Phillips.

Clancy is returning to Madison, where he founded the sports medicine program at UW in 1974. He is a pioneer in anterior cruciate ligament knee surgery and performed the second ACL surgery on Phillips' right knee after it was injured in practice on Nov. 9.

Phillips, who tore the same ACL during a practice last spring, was running, untouched, when it happened both times.

The second surgery was performed by Clancy at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Ala.

Phillips talked excitedly prior to the Rose Bowl about the benefits of having Clancy close at hand for the second rehabilitation process.

"Our staff in general is really solid," said Phillips, who has two years of eligibility remaining. "Having Dr. Clancy here now, he's actually heading our program ... that's going to be really big for us, having him here."

Phillips, who hopes to return in time for preseason camp, expressed confidence in knowing one of the top ACL surgeons in the country performed the second procedure, which was a little more extensive than the first ACL repair.

"That's one of the big things, you know he's one of the best and you have no regrets as far as that goes," Phillips said.

Clancy previously worked at UW from 1974 to 1989. The ACL and PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction techniques he helped develop are now used by surgeons worldwide, according to a press release put out by the UW.

"We are pleased to have Dr. Clancy back on campus and with the sports medicine division," athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. "He is obviously one of the top surgeons in the world. We pride ourselves on being able to give our student-athletes the best medical care possible and Dr. Clancy's presence ensures that."

 

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