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PreferUS Healthcare and Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Announce Next Phase of Partnership

Updated: Jun 25

Partnership Places Focus on Taking Kerlan-Jobe to China



KANSAS CITY — June 14, 2021 — PreferUS Healthcare and Los Angeles-based Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic have announced its entering into the next phase of their China healthcare partnership. Under the terms of the exclusive long-term agreement, PreferUS and Kerlan-Jobe will partner to create a chain of high-end sports medicine centers throughout China. The first center is targeted to launch in Shanghai by early 2022.


“We have had the privilege to collaborate with Kerlan-Jobe since 2008. They have been a great partner and possess an unmatched level of commitment to, not only their patients, but also to their partners. The China sports medicine centers opportunity satisfy the three criteria we require for projects in China: 1) a strong and sustainable market demand, 2) support from the Chinese government and 3) a strong and natural fit with our U.S. investor/partner’s resources and capabilities,” said Michael Franz, CEO of PreferUS.


The announcement follows the successful development and implementation of the PreferUS and Kerlan-Jobe proof-of-concept sports medicine center at Gongli Hospital in the Pudong section of Shanghai over the past two years. The center at Gongli confirmed that there is a strong market demand for sports medicine in China and that the Chinese people place a high value on western medical services. The alliance also gives PreferUS access to local Chinese sports medicine surgeons trained at Kerlan-Jobe in the United States.


Under the terms of the new agreement, PreferUS will utilize the world-renowned Kerlan-Jobe brand as well as their clinical and operational resources and expertise. To insure an effective and efficient working relationship between the partners, long-term consulting agreements were executed between PreferUS and Ralph Gambardella, M.D., President and CEO of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic and colleague Neal ElAttrache, M.D., sports medicine specialist and orthopaedic surgeon at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and Board Chair of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation.


“With the rapid emergence of recreational sports in China, we felt it was imperative to meet the growing demand for and access to advanced sports medicine services to help prevent and treat injuries,” explained Dr. Gambardella. “Kerlan-Jobe’s extensive experience in the fields of sports medicine, outpatient orthopedic surgery, and innovative rehabilitation along with our sports medicine-trained Chinese physicians, will enable us to provide clinically-proven sports medicine and orthopedic care in our state-of-the-art facility to athletes of all ages.”




About PreferUS Healthcare


PreferUS Healthcare is a China-based hospital management, consulting, and investment services company with headquarters in both Shanghai and Kansas City. After initially attracting nearly 100 individual physician/investor partners, PreferUS secured investment partnerships with four nationally ranked U.S. healthcare institutions: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Texas Back Institute and Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. Jakarta based conglomerate Sinarmas, an emerging force in the Indonesian healthcare market, most recently joined the PreferUS investor group.


These major international entities join PreferUS’ four China-based hospital and healthcare partners in the cities of Shanghai, Suzhou and Yinchuan. Over the past decade, PreferUS has created a strong initial platform from which to grow in China’s emerging healthcare market.


About Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic

Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries and illnesses. The clinic provides patients comprehensive care from its experienced team of physicians and advanced medical technology at multiple locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.


Kerlan-Jobe physicians have pioneered advanced surgical methods and procedures to enhance treatment, rehabilitation and recovery. Over more than half a century, Kerlan-Jobe has become an internationally-recognized center of excellence for research and education in the fields of sports medicine and orthopedic surgery, as well as proudly working with its served communities to provide wide-ranging programs to improve the health of their most vulnerable residents.


Kerlan-Jobe is the official healthcare provider for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Sparks, Los Angeles Galaxy, and Anaheim Ducks, as well as national and international cycling, golf and triathlon events. In addition, numerous other professional and recreational athletes, sports teams and collegiate athletic programs in the Los Angeles region and nationwide rely on its physicians for advanced treatment and compassionate care.


Press Contact:

David Franz

Director, Marketing and Training

(816) 588-6062

dfranz@preferushc.com