Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Welcome Letter from Program Director

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the University Hospitals Sports Medicine Institute Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. As fellowship director, I am proud to present our program for your consideration. The fellowship was first established in 2007 as a joint venture between University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center, a Campus of UH Regional Hospitals. We have maintained dual accreditation through the ACGME and AOA, and have strived to recruit top MD and DO candidates from multiple specialties (family medicine, pediatrics, and internal medicine).

As the ACGME and AOA accreditation systems combine we are transitioning into a one-year fellowship program with ACGME accreditation and an optional Osteopathic Track. During this transition, we will be combining with the University Hospitals St. John Medical Center program, led by Zenos Vangelos, DO. The addition of this longstanding program will allow for an expansion of osteopathic educational opportunities across our hospital system.

Over the last decade the UH Sports Medicine program has expanded exponentially, and in 2017 we were designated as UH Sports Medicine Institute. This exciting change has led to a significant increase in learning opportunities for our fellows. Our faculty has expanded from two sports medicine physicians to a total of seven sports medicine physicians – five within family medicine and three within pediatrics. This balance has allowed our fellows to gain exposure to an outstanding depth and breadth of patients and is one of the main strengths of our program. With this growth, we have added both diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound to our curriculum. Rob Flannery, MD, who serves as an instructor for AMSSM MSK US courses, is our director of the MSK curriculum. Our curriculum includes both formal didactics and bedside teaching.

Fellows’ sports coverage opportunities have also grown significantly. In 2014, University Hospitals became the official health care partner of the Cleveland Browns. Our faculty includes all of the medical and orthopedic physicians for the Browns. This affords our fellows the opportunity to gain exposure to working with professional athletes and the physicians who provide care for them. In 2016, UH became the preferred health care partner of Kent State University, an NCAA Division 1 college. Now, fellows have exposure to covering not only their own high school, but they also have extensive opportunities for caring for athletes at all levels of NCAA athletics. Beyond school-based athletics, fellows are involved in providing care at mass participation events such as the Cleveland Rite-Aid Marathon, the Cleveland Triathlon, the NCAA Mid-American Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament, USA Wrestling Open, and multiple youth soccer tournaments.

Beyond caring for sports teams, our faculty has gained a national reputation through their involvement in the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. As a result of our national organization involvement, we can provide our fellows with excellent opportunities for peer-reviewed publishing and opportunities for presenting at national meetings. We thank you for taking the time to learn about the UH Sports Medicine Institute Fellowship. We are proud of our faculty and the educational opportunities that our program provides. Please visit the application page for further information on the application process. You are always welcome to contact me at or 440-914-7865 for further information.

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Sincerely,

Susannah M. Briskin, MD
Program Director, University Hospitals Sports Medicine Institute Fellowship