Eric Stanford, DO


Born and raised in Alabama, Dr. Stanford received an associates degree in biology from Bevill State Community College in Hamilton, Alabama, and his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He graduated medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB) in Kansas City, Missouri and trained in orthopaedic surgery at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, Missouri. He then completed a one-year sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia.

Dr. Stanford is board eligible in orthopaedic surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, among others. He was an adjunct faculty assistant professor at KCUMB during residency and currently serves as an adjunct professor at The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) and the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Stanford has a passion for sports medicine and the health of athletes. He has treated athletes and worked with the sports medicine team for Golden Glove Boxing and the Kansas City area high school football teams. He was also the resident team physician for the Kansas City Comets soccer team. During his Hughston Sports Medicine Fellowship, Dr. Stanford worked with the Hughston Certified Athletic Trainers and Fellows in high school athletics and college athletics at Auburn University and Valdosta State University. While there he also participated in academic research in sports medicine and orthopaedics.

Dr. Stanford grew up playing sports and enjoys attending various sporting events, especially Auburn football games. He also enjoys outdoor recreational activities, such as hunting, fishing, and ATV riding with his wife Lindy and two sons.  He and his family attend Clements Baptist Church.

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Areas of Expertise

Patient Stories


  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Alabama Osteopathic Medical Association
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Alabama Osteopathic Medical Association

Clinical Team

  • Rachel Rigsby, PA
  • Katie Jones
  • Bree Holland

Eric Stanford, DO | The Orthopaedic Center | Athens, AL


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