Dr. Lawrence Lemak, MD

Dr. Lawrence Lemak, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 74
Dr. Lawrence Lemak, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Vestavia, AL and has been practicing for 47 years. He graduated from University of Alabama At Birmingham in 1969 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and more.Read his story

5018 Cahaba River Rd

Vestavia, AL 35243

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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
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Top Care Areas

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Systemic Chondromalacia
very high
more than 99% of peers
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Dr. Lemak's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Lemak "Dr. Lawrence Lemak, the Founder of Lemak Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, is a nationally renowned thought leader in the field of sports medicine who devotes his practice primarily toward knee replacement procedures. With a dedication to excellence, Dr. Lemak founded Lemak Sports Medicine & Orthopedics to offer his patients access to expertise in all areas of Orthopedic Surgery and Primary Care Sports Medicine. Dr. Lemak is an esteemed graduate of The University of Alabama Medical School and he was fortunate to complete his residency at The University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA). Dr. Lemak also served as Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at USF from 2004-2008. Dr. Lemak's devotion to sports medicine led him to found and chair the Alabama Sports Foundation in 1996. This foundation focuses on bringing the highest level of sports competition to the Birmingham, Alabama area, such as the 1996 Olympic Soccer Games. In addition, he was a founder of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), a research and education institute for sports medicine, which has produced volumes of research for sports medicine and has educated over 250 orthopedic surgeons and family practitioners in the specialty of sports medicine. Due to his high level of expertise and involvement, Dr. Lemak currently serves as a Medical Advisor to over 10 orthopedic medical companies and is the standing medical director for Community Health Systems. Further, Dr. Lemak has served as the Medical Director of the NFL's European League for over 15 years, the Medical Director for Major League Soccer for 17 years as well as serving as the current Medical Director of the United Football League. In this capacity Dr. Lemak has cared for over 2,000 professional football players. However, his dedication to serving athletes is not restricted to professional. Dr. Lemak is also the team physician for many high schools and colleges throughout Alabama. Dr. Lemak has been married to his wife Georgine for 48 years and they have three children—John, David, and Matthew and seven grandchildren who all reside in Birmingham. In his free time, Dr. Lemak is a serial entrepreneur, travels extensively and is busy raising two Golden Retrievers."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Lemak "As an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, I believe that the whole body cannot be healthy unless each part is healthy. I provide surgical musculoskeletal care to athletes at every level of competition as well as non-athlete patients."

20  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Rehabilitation Orthopedic Surgery
  • Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Joint Replacement Orthopedic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

103  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hernia
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tendonitis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Trigger Finger


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Background Check

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  • University of Pittsburgh / Main Campus
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1965
  • University of Alabama At Birmingham
    Medical School | Graduated 1969
  • University of Alabama Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1970
  • Carraway Methodist Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1971
  • University of Pittsburgh / Main Campus
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1974

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Lemak has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Lemak's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lemak to family and friends
16 total reviews (5 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (16)

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Dr. Lemak's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

Very friendly and thorough and has a genuine concern for all his patients.
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I would and have recommended Dr. leMak to anyone who needs a total knee replacement.. I did great after he operated on mine. The Physical therapists were astounded how well I did, and was off my walker and even cane Much sooner than I thought. People still say they can,t believe I walking my dog...more
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He loves to schedule surgeries. Rush in rush out. Discourages getting a second opinion. Very conceited and full of himself. Feels like the assembly line at some automotive plant.
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I've been a patient of Dr. Lemak's since he opened his Clinic in Prattville. He is very professional and thorough in diagnosing and treating his patients. I suffered with knee pain for over a year. Dr. Lemak replaced my knee and I have absolutely no pain at all now. Anyone should consider...more
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His staff was friendly, my visit was efficient, and it was easy to get an appointment [surprisingly] the next day!
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