Dr. Estes serves as a team physician for the UAB Blazers and for multiple Birmingham area high schools and dance studios. His role as Assistant Professor of Orthopedics allows him to be involved in the education of resident physicians and medical students, while also remaining active in research and the advancement of sports medicine. He began at UAB Sports Medicine following a one-of-a-kind fellowship specializing in youth and young adult sports medicine with the Harvard University affiliated program at the Children's Hospital of Boston. He was involved in athletic coverage in multiple settings, including the Boston Ballet, Boston Marathon, Boston Ice Chips Figure Skating, Northeastern University Hockey/Basketball, Babson College Hockey and Dover-Sherborn high school football.
Dr. Estes graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, where he received the Scholarship for Academic Achievement. Following medical school, he completed an Orthopaedic Surgery residency at UAB.
Subspecialty interests include hip arthroscopy, involving the care of labral tears and impingement, as well as the management of ACL tears in the skeletally immature athlete. Further subspecialty interest lies in the subset of dance medicine, having experienced significant exposure to this during care of the Boston Ballet and multiple other dance troupes while in Boston. He is also actively involved in research and education related to overuse injuries in youth athletes.
Despite a busy clinical practice, he continues to be active in multiple research endeavors, including completion of an Instructional Course Lecture for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons involving management of spondylolysis. He serves as an appointed member of the UAB Technical Standards Advisory Committee and as an Orthopaedic Career Advisor and a mentor for NIH T35 grants, supporting clinical research endeavors for the University of Alabama School of Medicine.