William C. Meyers, MD

William C. Meyers, MD

Dr. William C. Meyers has dedicated more than 25 years to pioneering the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of core muscle injuries (also known as athletic pubalgia or sports hernia). He founded the Vincera Institute in 2013.

Dr. Meyers is the leading authority on the awareness that the whole core muscle complex, inclusive with the hip joint, contributes to the injury which has advanced old terminology such as athletic pubalgia or sports hernia.

Treating patients with abdominal or groin injuries stemmed from his unique experiences in the 1980s with the U.S. National Soccer Team, Miami Dolphins, and various Olympic athletes. Since then, he has developed a number of variants of the surgical repair for core muscle injuries and their relationship to the ball and socket hip joint. He has evaluated more than 15,000 patients, including professional players from the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB and MLS, as well Olympic track and field athletes, professional tennis players, golfers and bull riders, as well as collegiate and recreational athletes.


Dr. Meyers received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.

He completed his residency and fellowship at Duke University, subsequently serving 14 years as Chief for various divisions of surgery.

Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Dr. Meyers was Chairman of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at University of Massachusetts-Worcester.

He served as Professor, Chairman of Surgery and Senior Associate Dean at Drexel University College of Medicine from January 2001 until November 2010.

  • BS, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • MD, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY
  • Residency: Duke University Surgery Residency Program, Durham, NC
  • Fellowship: Duke University, Durham, NC
  • MBA, University of Pennsylvania/Wharton Business School, PA

Current positions

President and Chairman, Vincera Institute
Professor of Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine
Consulting Professor of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center
Professor of Surgery, Jefferson Medical College

Before founding Vincera

Dr. Meyers ran a significant liver service and developed many techniques still used today. He authored the first paper on laparoscopic cholecystectomy in the New England Journal, and with his partner, Ted Pappas, did many of the firsts in MIS including operations on the esophagus, colon, pancreas and liver.

His industry grants totaled over $20 million and he was an original board member of the merged Intuitive Surgical corporation. In 2001, he moved to Philadelphia where he helped create Drexel University College of Medicine from the formerly bankrupt Allegheny Health System.

Medical society memberships

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
American College of Surgeons
American College of Surgeons Oncology Group
American Gastroenterological Association
American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
American Liver Foundation
American Liver Surgery Group
American Medical Association
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Pancreatic Association
American Surgical Association
American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Association of Academic Surgery
Association of Veterans Administration Surgeons
Boston Surgical Society
Collegium International Chirurgiae Digestivae
David C. Sabiston Surgical Society
International Council of Surgical Gastroenterology
International Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Association
International Liver Transplant Society
International Pancreatic Association
International Society for Hip Arthroscopy
International Society of Surgery
Massachusetts Medical Society
New England Endoscopy Society
New England Surgical Society
North Carolina Surgical Association
Pancreas Club
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Philadelphia College of Surgeons
MEIGS Society of Philadelphia
Societe Internationale de Chirurgie
Society American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgery (SAGES)
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Society of Surgical Oncology
Society of University Surgeons
Southeastern Surgical Congress
Southern Medical Association
Southern Surgeons Club
Southern Surgical Association
Surgical Biology Club III
Worcester District Medical Society


He has authored and co-authored over 300 peer reviewed medical publications, and has authored chapters and edited texts. He also has authored the book, "Introducing the Core: Demystifying the Body of an Athlete", and is under contract to "Surgical Ultrasonography."

For more of Dr. Meyers' publications, visit the Vincera newsroom


  • American Board of Surgery

Community service and other outside activities

  • United Way Leadership Giving Committee, Worcester/UMASS — Director
  • US Soccer (Men's and Women's) Medical Consultant
  • Medical Executive Committee for Major League Soccer
  • MassMEDIC (Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council) Board of Directors
  • — Liver Editor
  • Worcester Art Museum Corporator
  • Consultant physician for various NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS, and various collegiate athletic teams.

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The diagnosis and treatment of core injuries is The Vincera Institute's mission and reason for being. We have helped tens of thousands of patients get back in the game. If you are suffering from a core injury, we can help.