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Suns Name Dr. Thomas Carter Team Physician

Posted: August 23, 2000

The Phoenix Suns named Dr. Thomas Carter team physician today and announced that his medical group, The Orthopedic Clinic Association (TOCA), will handle the club's medical needs.

Joining Carter are foot and ankle specialist Dr. Gustavo Armendariz and orthopedic surgeons Dr. David Bailie, Dr. Evan Lederman and Dr. Gerald Yacobucci. Carter and Armendariz have served as orthopedic consultants to the Suns in the past with Dr. Richard Emerson. Dr. Craig Phelps will continue to serve as primary care team/family physician.

Carter, the lead team physician, is a nationally-recognized practitioner, educator and researcher. He is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and has been Arizona's elected delegate to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. Carter is one of 12 physicians in the United States on the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Sports Medicine Evaluation Subcommittee and is one of 100 members worldwide of the anterior cruciate ligament study group. Carter is considered one of the national authorities on meniscus and articular injuries. An orthopedic consultant with the Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Coyotes, he has been an orthopedic surgeon at Arizona State University since 1991 and currently is the Head of Orthopedic Surgery at ASU.

Armendariz has worked with the Suns in the past and performed the surgery on All-Star guard Jason Kidd in March when he suffered a fractured left ankle. In addition, he handled surgeries for Rex Chapman and Horacio Llamas. Armendariz is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who completed a fellowship in disorders of the foot and ankle and is a nationally-recognized foot and ankle specialist.

Phelps has been the Primary Care Team Physician of the Suns since 1986 and is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He is a member of the Society of NBA Team Physicians and served a 10-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine. Currently, Phelps is the Medical Director of the Student Health Center at Grand Canyon University and Provost for the Arizona School of Health Sciences, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition, Phelps is part of the Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, a sports medicine/family medicine practice.

The group assumes duties immediately and will join the Suns when they open training camp on Oct. 3 in Flagstaff.