Over 45 million children and adolescents are involved in organized athletic in the United States. According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, almost 3.5 million under the age of fourteen are treated for sports-related injuries each year, making athletics one of the leading health risks for children.
Dr. Dustin Loveland is combating that problem by applying his expertise in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine to community outreach. He not only treats sports-injured youth but works with coaches, trainers, and parents to help prevent those injuries.
“Sports-related injuries in children can have severe repercussions on growth and development of their musculoskeletal systems,” he says. “Plano and the surrounding areas are some of the greatest places to be a young athlete and I am excited to be involved in both the prevention and treatment of pediatric and adolescent sports injuries.”
While he knew he wanted to be a doctor at a young age, Dr. Loveland discovered the subspecialty of pediatric and adolescent sports medicine during his residency. He spent extensive time training with some of the leaders in the field at both Miami Children’s Hospital and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
“I saw that I could be part of a team that effectively keeps kids safe while they enjoy the sports they love,” he says. “There is no better feeling than helping ensure a healthy future for young athletes.”
A native of Dallas, Dr. Loveland himself was raised as a youth athlete. He grew up through the ranks of local little league baseball. He eventually focused on varsity football and track while attending Rowlett High School.
Dr. Loveland earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed his orthopedic surgical residency at the University of Miami, where he served as chief resident. He was then selected by world renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews to train as a sports medicine fellow. Dr. Loveland has served as an associate team physician for the University of Miami and Auburn University football teams. He is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association.
“Children’s Health is a leading institution with a well-known reputation of being on the forefront of pediatric and adolescent medicine. I could not be more honored to become part of the staff.”
With a heart for area youth, he and his wife co-founded Reaching Our Community’s Kids (ROCK) in Rowlett, TX. ROCK is a non-profit after-school and summer mentoring program designed to teach life skills and provide participants with the training and encouragement necessary to succeed in school.
Outside of his practice, Dr. Loveland enjoys traveling, fishing, and spending time with his wife and their daughter.
Education and Training
- Medical School
- University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (2009)
- University of Miami - Jackson Memorial Hospital (2014), Orthopaedic Surgery
University of TX Med Brnch Gal (2011), Orthopaedic Surgery
- Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medici (2015), Sports Medicine
- Board Certification
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Acetabular Labral Hip Tear
- Ankle Instability and Sprains
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury
- Articular Cartilage Injury
- Bone Joint and Muscle Infections in Children
- Elbow Instability
- Hip Dysplasia in Teens and Young Adults
- Hip Impingement
- Kneecap Instability and Dislocation
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
- Meniscus Tears
- Osteochondritis Dissecans
- Overuse Injuries
- Shoulder Instability and Dislocation
- Strains and Sprains
- Tendinitis (tendinopathy)
Departments and Programs
- Sonographically guided posterior cruciate ligament injections: technique and validation. Hackel JG, Khan U, Loveland DM. PM R. 2016 Mar;8(3):249-53.
- Type III AC joint separation: Continued controversy and a unique technique., Andrews JR, Chillemi F, Loveland DM. Orthopedics Today. November 2014.
- Use of Ultrasonography as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool in sports medicine., Lesniak BP, Loveland DM, Jose J, Selley R, Jacobson JA, Bedi A. Arthroscopy. 2014 Feb; 30(2):260-70.
- Carpal coalition with radioscaphoid synostosis and a hypoplastic thumb., Loveland DM, Carmichael KD. Am J Orthop. 2011 Dec; 40(12):E262-3.
- The effect of modern total knee arthroplasty on muscle balance at the knee., Buford WL, Ivey F, Loveland DM, Flowers CW. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2009; 2009:7172-5.
An In Vitro Biomechanical Assessment of Biceps Femoris Repair., Anz AW, Loveland DM. ISAKOS Congress. Shanghai, China. 2017.
The Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Reconstruction and Basic Science (Textbook)., Andrews JR, Loveland DM. Elsevier. 2017.
- Arthroscopy Association of North America
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Texas Medical Association
- International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
- American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
- Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine
- Team Physician, Frisco High School
- Team Physician, Princeton High School
Awards and Honors
- Chief Resident, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital (2013-2014)
- Department of Orthopedics Research Award, National Student Research Forum (2006)
- Graduated with Honors from Texas Tech University Honors College (2005)
- Texas Tech University Honors College Endowed Scholarship (2001-2005)
- Dean’s List, Texas Tech University (2001-2005)