South Jersey’s health care sector has made significant strides over the past decade, putting our area on par to compete with cities like Philadelphia and New York. This month, we shine a spotlight on the nurses, doctors, administrators, researchers and more who are the driving force behind enhancing the scope of medicine and improving care for those who live and work here.

Andrea Bowers, M.D., Burlington County Orthopaedic Specialists, P.A.

Bowers earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from Vanderbilt University and completed her residency at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. During her subsequent fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, she received extensive sub-specialty training in arthroscopy and reconstruction of the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle, as well as cartilage restoration and advanced shoulder arthroplasty. Bowers has developed a special interest in issues pertinent to the female athlete, and serves as the head team physician for Rowan College at Burlington County.

What’s the most significant change to the industry you’ve seen in the course of your career?

In the 15 years since I started my medical training, there has been a significant paradigm shift in orthopaedics. Rather than intervening to replace an injured or degenerative joint, there is a stronger focus on injury prevention and preservation of the joint.