Meet The Team
Devotion to His Craft
Through his love and dedication to soccer and his passion within the medical field,
Dr. Cory believes that his purpose has come full circle as he uses his knowledge and expertise to guide young athletes in not only recovering from an injury, but in the prevention of injury through optimized movement and athleticism.
Through terminal curiosity and passion, Dr. Cory studies the art and science of motion integrated with the aim of treating professionals in motion.
Dr. Cory earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Physiology from Wake Forest University. While he was at Wake Forest, he was fortunate enough to play two seasons of varsity soccer under the legendary George Kennedy who was the original men’s varsity soccer coach at the university.
The academic rigors of the university and a new coaching regime brought an end to John’s collegiate soccer career, but not his lifelong passion for the sport and all sports. In combining this passion with his studies at Wake Forest, John earned a job as one of two assistant student strength coaches for varsity athletics while he completed his undergraduate degree.
This parlayed into a job after graduation creating sports medicine frameworks for three NASCAR teams, including the NASCAR champion Alan Kulwicki in the early 1990's.
John then returned to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC and completed his medical degree at The Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Immediately after, he completed a general surgery internship at The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. This was followed by a move to Columbia, SC where Dr. Cory completed his orthopedic residency at the University of South Carolina.
During this time, he had the opportunity to take care of the local high school football team, several players on the local high school boys and girls soccer teams, the Columbia City Ballet, varsity athletes and teams in the University of South Carolina and South Carolina State Universities, and recruits injured at the Fort Jackson US Army training base in Columbia, SC.
Dr. Cory continued to play club soccer through his residency as well as coached within the youth soccer club when he had time away from his resident duties. Following the completion of his residency, Dr. Cory then moved to Birmingham, AL and completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery.
He studied sports medicine at the American Sports Medical Institute (ASMI) under Dr. Jimmy Andrews, Dr. William Clancy, Dr. Larry Lemak, and Dr. John Gould, to name a few. Dr. Cory was later invited back to ASMI in 2009 to teach the foot and ankle fellowship with his professional mentor, the late Dr. Angus McBryde during his final academic year in Birmingham.
Dr. Cory has invested in teaching through community efforts and currently holds academic appointments in orthopedic surgery with the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, A.T. Still University, and Rocky Vista University. Dr. Cory also has a faculty appointment in pre-health sciences from Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University.
Dr. Cory was recently appointed to the Scientific and Medical Advisory Board of Kaliber Labs, developing AI in sports medicine interventions. Dr. Cory’s social, philanthropic, and charity board involvement in Arizona includes Andy Hull’s Sunshine Foundation, CRC Foundation, Arians Family Foundation, RSL Academy, Barça Academy, and The Phoenix Rising Youth Foundation.
Additionally, Dr. Cory is the founder of AIMagination and Stone Soup charities. He is also the Director of the Arizona Institute of Motion and has served as the team foot and ankle surgeon for the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Rising, Paradise Valley High School, and was the first medical director of the Barça Academy in their inaugural year in the United States.
Additional organizations and clubs Dr. Cory acts as a consultant for include: The Texas Rangers, The Oakland A’s, The Minnesota Twins, The California Angels, The Chicago Cubs, The Tennessee Titans, The Chicago Bears, The PGA Tour, The LPGA Tour, USA Gymnastics, Arizona Youth Soccer Organization, US ODP Soccer Western Conference, US Rugby, and US Soccer.
Dr. Cory has functioned as one of the two Phoenix Venue Medical Director for the CONCACAF Gold Cup games in the years 2015, 2017, and 2019, The Copa America Centenario for 2016 and several international friendlies including USMNT vs Panama 2019 in Glendale.
Dr. Cory has had the fortune to be an invited guest at the last two iterations of the FIFA Sports Medicine in football meetings in Barcelona 2018 and Wimbley Stadium 2019 and has been invited back to Barcelona for Barcelona Sports Medicine Week 2019.
When he is not involved in clinical and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Cory enjoys hanging out with his family which includes three grown sons and two bulldogs (one English and one French). He loves anything to do with salt water, and volunteering around youth education, sports (particularly soccer), as well as themes in wellness, dance and movement.
Dr. John Cory
Board-Certified Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Doctor Credentials: Clinical Professor, The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, Capstone Program, Clinical Rotations, Anatomy Professor
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AIM FAST SPORTS TEAM PROS
Any foot and ankle procedure are welcome to our office, but for the athlete’s we’ve found a deep passion for form and function. After all, you are committing your life to excel and giving it your total mind and body. As an expert orthopedic surgeon in Scottsdale, Arizona, our team is committed to getting you back to the sport you love. The AIM team has an extensive background in the foot and ankle trauma, as well as sports and activity-related injuries, to include overuse injuries. Dr. Cory has either previously served or currently operates as the team surgeon and/or consultant for these prestigious teams.