Name: Robert C. Schenck Jr., MD
Title: Professor & Chair
Specialty: Sports Medicine
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University
Residency: Johns Hopkins University
Fellowship: Cincinnati Sports Medicine, Frank R. Noyes, MD Fellowship: Idaho Foot and Ankle Clinic, Michael J. Coughlin, MD
Dr. Bob Schenck, currently Professor and Chair in the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (2000-present), has been a full-time academic physician since starting his Orthopaedic career as an instructor at the University of Texas, San Antonio (1990-2000). After his medical training at Johns Hopkins Univeristy (BA ’81, MD ’84, Orthopaedic Residency ’89), he pursued a fellowship in sports medicine (Cincinnati Sports Medicine, Frank Noyes, MD Director) with subspecialty training in foot and ankle surgery (Idaho Foot and Ankle, Michael Coughlin MD, Director). In addition to academic and clinical work, Dr. Schenck has served as an athletic team physician for most of his career.
Dr. Schenck loves being a clinician and, as chair, has maintained an active clinical practice of sports medicine while allowing for growth of his faculty with referrals to junior colleagues and giving opportunities of leadership whenever possible. He especially enjoys caring for the complex patient, from all walks of life, who may be disenfranchised or needs a listening ear to help solve problems.
Dr. Schenck has enjoyed his continuing 11 years as chair of UNM Orthopaedics, mentoring faculty and creating a department which has seen three-fold growth in both faculty size and revenues. The department has also excelled in professionalism of staff, residents, fellows, and faculty. In addition to professionalism, fiscal responsibility has been a critical theme for departmental growth. For example, when becoming chair in 2006 the Orthopaedic Department was ~$800,000 in negative balance and 18 months later the department was ~$1.2 million in positive balance without any external support, and similar measures has continued through 2017. Financial stewardship for the department, faculty, and personally has always been a focus of RCS. Dr. Schenck credits the support of an outstanding group of faculty, residents and fellows as well as his wife and partner, Trish: using strategies for departmental growth and excellence with humility in mind. Bob & Trish love their family and are grateful for their five children, Lillian, Gus, Helen, George and Marian. Trish continues to try to teach Bob proper Spanish.
Dr. Schenck is a member of numerous Orthopaedic groups and associations but was humbled by his selection by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine to be an accompanying “Godfather” for the 2017 Latin American Society of Knee Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine (SLARD) travelling fellowship. Travelling to South American and the many friends and associations there have been a most fulfilling experience, professionally and personally. He has contributed over 150 to medical publications, numerous book chapters and also enjoys writing both fiction and non-fiction. Bob has a keen interest in multi-ligamentous knee injuries and enjoys treating complex KDIII’s and IV’s and has published extensively on this twenty-five year experience.
A westerner by birth, Bob enjoys outdoor activities, especially skiing, fishing, hiking (Rim to Rim Grand Canyon), and golf.