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Renowned surgeon returns to UW

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MADISON (WKOW) -- World-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Clancy is returning to the University of Wisconsin.

The UW announced Tuesday that Clancy, who developed numerous surgical knee reconstruction techniques now used by nearly all orthopedic surgeons around the world, is rejoining the faculty of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Clancy was at UW-Madison from 1974 until 1989 and founded the sports medicine program in 1974. 

He returns to Madison from private practice in Birmingham, Alabama, where he also provided sports medicine coverage for the University of Alabama and Jacksonville State.

In his new position, Clancy is the new chair of the sports medicine division within the department of orthopedics and rehabilitation. UW officials say he'll oversee a team of 10 nationally known sports medicine physicians.  

Clancy helped develop the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction techniques now used by surgeons worldwide. 

His surgical patients have won more than 20 medals in the Olympic Games, and world championships. He has treated athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, LPGA and PGA tour. 

He has also been a team orthopedic physician for the U.S. hockey and ski teams and has been a U.S. team physician at three Olympic Games including coverage of the 1980 Gold Medal Hockey Team.  

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