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Michael Cantrell, MDOrthopedic SurgeonSpecializing in Sports Medicine, Shoulder, Knee

Dr. Michael Cantrell is a member of The Orthopedic Center Sports Medicine Team. Board Certified in Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Dr. Cantrell specializes in arthroscopic and open reconstruction of the shoulder and knee. This includes shoulder and knee arthroscopy, tendon repair, and ligament reconstruction. Dr. Cantrell applies the least invasive, most effective techniques in surgical treatment and the rehabilitation of sports injuries and other orthopedic conditions.

Also Board Certified in Ringside Medicine, Dr. Cantrell is a USA Boxing and United States Olympic Committee physician, providing sports medicine coverage for events such as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and World Championship Professional Boxing. He is team physician for Oakwood University, Rocket City United Soccer Team, Huntsville Gymnastics Center, and Southern States Gymnastics. Dr. Cantrell works with the Huntsville Havoc and several area high schools. He is a former team physician for The University of Mississippi as well as a former U.S. Air Force staff Orthopedic Surgeon.

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  • AO Fellowship
    Capital Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency
    The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi
  • M.D – 1997
    The University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama
  • B.A. – 1993
    The University of Alabama – English, Tuscaloosa, Alabama


  • 2006-present
    The Orthopedic Center, P.C.
    927 Franklin Street
    Huntsville, AL 35801
  • 2002-2006
    Department of Orthopedics
    1st Medical Group (ACC) SGOSO
    Langley AFB, VA 23665


  • 2016
    Board Certified Ringside Physician
    Association of Ringside Physicians
    American college of Sports Medicine
  • 2010
    Board Certified in Ringside Medicine
    American Board of Ringside Medicine
  • 2008
    Subspecialty Certification in Orthopedic Sports Medicine
    American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • 2004
    Board Certification in Orthopedic Surgery
    American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • 2003
    Certified, National Board of Medical Examiners


  • 2006-present
    Clinical Faculty, Department of Surgery
    University of Alabama School of Medicine, Huntsville


  • 2016-present
    USA Boxing Medical Commission
  • 2015-present
    United States Association of Boxing Commissions Medical Committee
  • 2009-present
    Board of Directors, D1 Sports Training & D1 Sports Therapy
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • 2007-present
    Advisory Board, Huntsville Hospital SportsCenter
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • 2006-2008
    Board of Directors, Madison County Medical Society
    Madison County, Alabama


  • 2015 - Association of Ringside Physicians
  • 2012 - American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • 2006 - Medical Association of the State of Alabama
  • 2006 - Alabama Orthopedic Society
  • 2006 - Madison County Medical Society
  • 2002 - American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons


  • Huntsville Hospital; Huntsville, Alabama (active)
  • The Surgery Center of Huntsville; Huntsville, Alabama (active)
  • Crestwood Medical Center; Huntsville, Alabama (courtesy)



  • 2015-present: Ringside Physician, World Championship Professional Boxing
  • 2011-2015: Team Physician, Alabama Hammers Arena Football
  • 2008-2015: Team Physician, Rocket City United Soccer
  • 2007-present: Team Physician, Huntsville Havoc Hockey
  • 2007-2010: Team Physician, Alabama Vipers Arena Football


  • 2008-present: Team Physician, Oakwood University Varsity Athletics
  • 2001-2002: Resident Team Physician, Ole Miss University Varsity Athletics


  • 2016-present: Team Physician, Grissom High School, Alabama
  • 2013-2014: Team Physician, Butler High School, Alabama
  • 2012-2016: Team Physician, Ardmore High School, Alabama
  • 2010-present: Team Physician, New Hope High School, Alabama
  • 2009-2018: Team Physician, Lincoln County High School, Tennessee
  • 2007-present: Team Physician, Huntsville High School, Alabama


  • 2018-present: Team Physician, CrossFit Protocol, Decatur, Alabama
  • 2018-present: Team Physician, Triad Martial Arts, Various Locations, Alabama
  • 2018-present: Team Physician, 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, Huntsville, Alabama
  • 2011-present: Team Physician, 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, Decatur, Alabama
  • 2010-present: Team Physician, Rocket City Rocks Boxing Club
  • 2010-present: Team Physician, Southern States Gymnastics, Huntsville, Alabama
  • 2008-present: United States Olympic Committee Volunteer Physician
  • 2008-present: Ringside Physician, USA Boxing
  • 2007-present: Team Physician, Huntsville Gymnastics Center, Huntsville, Alabama



  • 1999 - Orthopedic In-Training Examination Award
  • 1998 - Best Resident Research Award, Mississippi Orthopedic Society


  • 1997 - Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • 1996-1997: Class President, Huntsville Campus, Univ. of AL School of Medicine


  • 1991-1993: Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society
  • 1990-1993: Presidential (Full) Academic Scholarship, The University of Alabama
  • 1988-1989: Full Academic Scholarship, The University of Alabama in Huntsville


  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal


  • Cantrell MW, Tarquinio TA. Fracture of the lateral process of the talus. Orthopedics 2000; 23(1):55-58.


  • 2008-present
    Various presentations regarding orthopedic sports medicine at yearly
    Best Practice in Orthopedics conference in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 2000
    Treatment Trends for Radial Head Fractures
    Mississippi Orthopedic Society Annual Meeting
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1998
    Fractures of the Lateral Process of the Talus
    Mississippi Orthopedic Society Annual Meeting
    Jackson, Mississippi


  • 2006-present
    Board of Directors, Northeast Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes