Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Louis D. Leone, DO, FAOASM

Co-Program Director (AOA)

Susannah Briskin, MD

Co-Program Director (ACGME)

This innovative program is a combined venture between University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and The Department of Medical Education at University Hospitals Bedford and Richmond Medical Centers, campuses of UH Regional Hospitals, Department of Medical Education. It is dually accredited by the AOA and ACGME as a two-year Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and is open to graduates of both ACGME and AOA-accredited residencies in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine or Family Medicine.

The goal of the program is to train physicians in all aspects of caring for athletes on and off the field. Each year, two fellows are accepted into this hands-on program. Candidates must demonstrate a strong interest and experience in sports with a solid academic background. Exposure to athletes of all ages is provided, with a specific focus on the pediatric/adolescent age range.

A majority of the clinical experience takes place at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Cleveland Medical Center with primary care sports medicine physicians in these fields:

  • Cardiology rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal radiology
  • Neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine
  • Pediatric, sports, spine, hand and lower extremity orthopaedics
  • Rheumatology

Each fellow is exposed to high school and college games and training room coverage, and acts as team physician for an assigned school. On-field sports coverage occurs by working with teams at the NAIA, NCAA Division II and III levels. Other opportunities to cover youth soccer tournaments, gymnastics competitions, marathons, short track speed skating and figure skating are also available.

This fellowship also focuses on research and academic medicine. Clinical research seminar and quarterly sports medicine journal club opportunities are provided. Fellows initiate and collaborate with faculty members to complete a research project of their choice by graduation.

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