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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that their roster of team doctors for the 2015 season will consist of Dr. Arnold Ramirez, Dr. Koco Eaton, Dr. Barry Craythorne, Dr. SanJay Menon and Dr. Daniel Murphy.

"We are very fortunate to have this group of highly experienced doctors as part of our medical team heading into the 2015 season," said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. "Dr. Ramirez did a great job for us last season and we are thrilled to have him back in charge of all our medical care. We are equally excited to have a distinguished group of surgeons, headed up by Dr. Koco Eaton, who are renowned in the field of orthopedic care for professional athletes."

Dr. Arnold Ramirez, who was part of the team's medical staff last season, has been elevated to Head Team Physician for all medical care. Dr. Ramirez is currently a Board Certified Sports Medicine Physician and has served as the team physician for the University of South Florida and Eckerd College athletics since 2000. He has previously worked with NFL Europe and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dr. Ramirez received his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and received his medical degree at the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School.

Dr. Koco Eaton is an orthopedic surgeon who operates a private practice out of St. Petersburg. He is the orthopedic surgeon for the Tampa Bay Rays and a faculty member at the University of South Florida. Dr. Eaton, who lettered in baseball at Columbia University, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore. After completing his orthopedic residency at the Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Dr. Eaton worked under the direction of Dr. James Andrews, completing a Sports Medicine Fellowship in Birmingham, Alabama. He has been awarded a patent for knee surgery and utilizes the latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive incisions.

Dr. Barry Craythorne is a Tampa-based, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. Dr. Craythorne received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Miami School of Medicine and served his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was selected for fellowship training in sports medicine with Dr. James Andrews and Dr. William Clancey at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Craythorne, who has been practicing medicine for over 25 years, received his undergraduate education from Vanderbilt University and is a member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. SanJay Menon is an orthopedic surgeon based out of St. Petersburg, who specializes in surgical treatment of injuries to the upper and lower extremity. Dr. Menon is a team physician for the Tampa Bay Rays and is the head orthopedic surgeon for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. He also serves as a physician for the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), has served as assistant team physician at Auburn University and provides annual medical coverage at the Saint Anthony's Triathlon.

Dr. Menon graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his residency at the Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, while receiving special training in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic disorders at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Los Angeles. Dr. Menon then completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy under Dr. James Andrews. Prior to beginning his medical career, Dr. Menon attended the University of Southern California.

Dr. Daniel Murphy attended medical school at University of Florida College of Medicine. He is a National Board of Medical Examiners Diplomate, an American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Diplomate, and an American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Fellow. Dr. Murphy has worked as a team physician for the New York Yankees since 2011 and his father, James Murphy, served as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' team physician from the team's inaugural season in 1976 until 1979.

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