Sports Medicine Physicians
The Sports Medicine Institute employs some of the area’s best-known and most respected doctors.
Dr. Stephen Kana
Stephen Kana, MD, received his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington DC, and also completed his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Kana is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and is a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Kana previously practiced in Los Angeles, where he completed his sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic, one of the most prestigious sports medicine clinics in the world. He has served as assistant team physician for the Lakers, Dodgers, Rams, Kings and Angels, as well as the University of Southern California. He is the team physician for Wofford College, Converse College and Spartanburg Methodist College. Dr. Kana specializes in the treatment of shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle injuries with subspecialty interests in sports medicine and the treatment of complex disorders of the should and knee, including arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstructions and total knee replaces.
Dr. Katie Langley
Katie Langley, MD, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and fellowship trained in primary care sports medicine.
Dr. Langley earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Wofford College, where she was a member of the women's soccer team. She went on to receive her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, where she was elected chief resident.
Following residency, she continued her training at the University of Florida where she completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship. While at Florida, she provided sideline and training room coverage for the Florida Gators. She also gained experience serving as the team physician for a local 5A high school, providing care for Santa Fe College, and various NCAA post-season events. She returned to Spartanburg in 2017 and currently serves as team physician for Union County High School.
Dr. Langley, her husband, Garrett, and dog, Rascal, are excited to call the Upstate home again. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to records while enjoying a cozy fire, trying out local breweries, and traveling.
Dr. John Lucas
John Lucas, MD, is a board-certified physician fellowship trained in primary care sports medicine practicing at the Sports Medicine Institute in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He sees patients at Sports Medicine Institute - Upward and Sports Medicine Institute - North Grove locations. He specializes in non-operative sports medicine with a special interest in concussions and their management.
Dr. Lucas received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Wake Forest Family Medicine program in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he was elected chief resident. Dr. Lucas is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).
As a third-year resident, he received one of four national research grants from AMSSM to investigate the effects of progesterone on concussion. Additionally, he received the resident role-model award given by the medical students at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He completed his sports medicine fellowship at Wake Forest where he served as a team physician for Wake Forest University. He also worked with the UNC School of the Arts treating acute and overuse injuries in dancers. He serves as a team physician for University of South Carolina Upstate and Spartanburg Methodist College, in addition to Chapman High School and several other area high schools.
Since moving to Spartanburg, he has continued his academic interests through teaching medical students and residents. He has received the preceptor of the year award from the SRHS family medicine residency and the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) medical school. He is currently involved with Clemson’s International Automotive Research Center (ICAR) researching the effects of concussion on driving tasks.
Aside from medicine, Dr. Lucas enjoys spending time with his family. He is married to Emily, a Spartanburg native, and has three young children. He enjoys golf, fishing, and spending hot summer days at the lake. He is an active member of Grace Presbyterian Church.
Dr. JD McDermott
James D. McDermott, MD, is a board eligible orthopedic surgeon practicing at the Sports Medicine Institute in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He sees patients at the Sports Medicine Institute - North Grove and Sports Medicine Institute - Upward campuses. He specializes in arthroscopic surgery of the knee, hip, shoulder and elbow. He has a special interest in complex reconstructions of the knee and shoulder, shoulder replacement surgery and hip arthroscopy for labral tears and femoroacetabular impingement.
A Colorado native, Dr. McDermott grew up knowing at a young age that he wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon. He attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in History while also being pre-med all four years. He was a four-year letterman on the men's soccer team and was honored to be voted captain his senior year. He attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for medical school and moved to New York City to complete his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Seton Hall University where he served as administrative chief resident.
Following residency, he completed a sports medicine and shoulder surgery fellowship at the University of Texas Houston/Baylor College of Medicine program. There he received additional training performing hip arthroscopy, shoulder replacement and reconstructive surgeries. While in Houston, Dr. McDermott served as an assistant team physician for the Houston Texans, Houston Rockets, Houston Dynamo and the World Series Champion Houston Astros. This included performing physicals at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, and spending a week at the Astros training facility in Palm Beach, Florida, during spring training. He was an assistant team physician for the University of Houston and several 5A and 6A Division 1 Texas high school football programs. He is currently a team physician for Wofford College, USC Upstate and Spartanburg Methodist College in addition to several local area high schools.
Dr. McDermott is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He remains actively involved with academic medical education and spends time throughout the year lecturing medical students about musculoskeletal pathology and its treatment at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) - Carolinas medical school.
In his free time, Dr. McDermott can be found with his wife, Caroline, and their two beautiful young daughters. They are now delighted to call Spartanburg home.