October 26, 2023
Dr. Kremchek also winner of Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Kremchek, who graduated from Wittenberg in 1981 and still serves as the university’s team physician, is only the seventh recipient of the Athletics Hall of Honor Lifetime Achievement Award.
“To be recognized by your alma mater is humbling and a great honor,” said Dr. Kremchek, a founding member of Beacon. “I was at Wittenberg when I decided to become a doctor. The school helped mold me and put me on my path to a career in medicine. Wittenberg matured me and gave me a sense of direction of what I wanted to do.”
“Tim Kremchek arrived at Wittenberg with dreams of becoming a professional baseball player,” Wittenberg said in a press release announcing the honors. “Four years later, he was on a path to becoming one of the most accomplished orthopaedic surgeons in the United States. In the years since, Dr. Kremchek has played a central role in the care and rehabilitation of hundreds of Tiger student-athletes.”
Dr. Kremchek said after graduating from Indian Hill High School, he enrolled at Wittenberg unsure of his career path.
“I played four years of baseball and absolutely loved being on the team and being at Wittenberg,” Dr. Kremchek recalled. “But I wasn’t really sure what direction I was going.”
With the help and support of his late father, Dr. Edward Kremchek, and his future wife, Hilary, who also attended Wittenberg as an athlete, Dr. Kremchek was encouraged to attend medical school. “That decision changed my life,” he said. “Wittenberg was a big part of getting me to who I became and who I am today.”
Dr. Kremchek’s deep gratitude resulted in his decades-long support of Wittenberg. He helped launch and build the school’s sports medicine and athletic training programs and assisted in the development of a state-of-the-art training room at the university.
“What I’ve helped accomplish at Wittenberg feels really good,” he said. “I’ve supported the school financially and continue to do so. For so many reasons, my partnership with Wittenberg has been tremendous.
Today, Dr. Kremchek is known across the nation and region for his expertise in treating sports injuries. He is in his 27th year as the Cincinnati Reds team doctor and continues to treat professional, collegiate and high school athletes with no plans to curtail his professional activities.
In addition to serving as the team doctor at Wittenberg as well as at Wilmington College, Dr. Kremchek is medical director for the athletic programs of several Greater Cincinnati area high schools, including Moeller – where his father also served as medical director – Indian Hill, Kings, Wyoming, Mt. Notre Dame, Mason, Clinton-Massie, Wilmington and Lakota West.
“I continue to work with and support Wittenberg because I love the direction that President Dr. Michael Frandsen and his administration are taking the school,” Dr. Kremchek said. “The future is very, very right. I’m very fond of the school, I love the city of Springfield and I’m happy that I can remain involved.”
Since 1996, Beacon Orthopaedics has helped thousands of patients overcome injuries and improve their quality of life. Beacon Orthopaedics provides medical direction and coverage for more than 40 high schools, five college athletics programs, and professional teams including the Cincinnati Reds.
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Established in 1996, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has helped thousands of patients overcome injuries and improve their quality of life. Beacon Orthopaedics provides medical direction and coverage for more than 40 local high schools, five college athletics programs, and professional teams including the Cincinnati Reds. With over 20 locations across Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana, Beacon offers instant access to comprehensive orthopaedic care, including sports medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, imaging services, regenerative medicine, as well as surgical procedures involving neck, spine, shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee, foot and ankle repair, reconstruction, and replacement.