Meet Our Staff of Orthopaedics Doctors- An Experienced Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Doctor, Board Certified Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapist Team Are Here to Offer Comprehensive Treatment

Daniel Murphy, M.D.

Dr. Murphy started medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1989. Upon graduating in 1993, he extended his training during a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Orlando Regional Healthcare System before joining the Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group in 1998. He has numerous professional affiliations, and is a National Board of Medical Examiners Diplomate, an American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Diplomate, and an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Fellow. Dr. Murphy also belongs to the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Orthopaedic Society, the Hillsborough County Medical Association, the NFL Physicians Society, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

As a Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Murphy is proud to be involved in the Tampa Bay community and is committed to serving patients not only at his South Tampa orthopaedic center, but also as a staff member at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Tampa General Hospital. In 2011, Dr. Murphy was chosen as a team physician for the New York Yankees.

Arnold Ramirez, M.D.

Dr. Ramirez’s longstanding commitment to sports medicine began in 1995 when he obtained his medical degree at The Chicago Medical School, University of Health Sciences. He continued his professional training with a residency and fellowship at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, FL, and Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Between 1997 and 2008, Dr. Ramirez held several prestigious positions at Vencor Hospital, University of South Florida Physicians Group, and Bayfront Family Health Center, among others, before joining the Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group practice as a sports medicine doctor in 2008.

Dr. Ramirez is a Board-certified doctor in Primary Care Sports Medicine and is proud to have served as team physician for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2000 through their Stanley Cup-winning season in 2004. Since 2000, he has served as team physician for University of South Florida athletics, and since 2014, he has also served as team physician for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at Florida State University College of Medicine and an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

Tracey Nimeh, PA-C

Tracey L. Nimeh received her Bachelors and Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA. After graduating in 2005, she completed a one-year surgical residency at Duke University Medical Center (DUMC), North Carolina. While at DUMC, she worked extensively in the peri-operative care of surgical patients, including the specialties of orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery. Prior to joining Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine in January 2016, she had been working exclusively in orthopaedic spine surgery. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA), and the North American Spine Society (NASS).

Physical Therapist Staff

Jeff DesJardine, MPT
Maria Ester Thompson, MPT
Kaitlyn Launikitus, PTA

The entire staff at Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group is honored to serve Tampa, St Petersburg, Clearwater, the state of Florida, and beyond with the finest orthopaedic care available. Whether you need a sports doctor to treat a sore elbow or an orthopaedic surgeon to provide you with the latest advances in arthroscopic knee surgery, contact us today to schedule an appointment.