Welcome Letter from Program Director

Greetings! 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’m proud to present our program for your consideration. The fellowship was first established in 2007 as a joint venture between UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center, a regional campus of University Hospitals of Cleveland Medical Center. In 2017, we received ACGME approval for an Osteopathic Track and in 2018, University Hospitals St. John Medical Center joined our program to help expand Osteopathic educational opportunities for our fellows. Currently, our fellowship is a one year long program with an ACGME accredited Traditional Track (NRMP # 1552333F0) and an Osteopathic Track (NRMP# 1552333F1). We strive to recruit top MD and DO candidates from multiple specialties (Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and ER).

Over the last decade the UH Sports Medicine program has expanded exponentially, and in 2017 we were designated as a Sports Medicine Institute. This exciting change has led to a significant increase in learning opportunities for our fellows. Our faculty has expanded from 2 Sports Medicine physicians to a total of 7 Sports Medicine physicians – 5 within Family Medicine, 4 within Pediatrics, and 1 ER physician. 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 MSK ultrasound to our curriculum. Dr. Rob Flannery, who serves as an instructor for AMSSM MSK US courses, is our director of the MSK curriculum. Our curriculum includes both formal didactics, cadaver lab workshops, and bedside teaching which is performed in conjunction with Dr. Ben Boswell.

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 Brown’s medical and Orthopaedic physicians. This affords our fellows the opportunity to gain exposure to working with professional athletes and the physicians who provide care for them. In 2016, University Hospitals 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 University Hospitals Sports Medicine Institute Fellowship. We are proud of our faculty and the educational opportunities that our program provides. Please visit the “Application” tab for further information on the application process. You are always welcome to contact me at Susannah.Briskin@UHhospitals.org or 440-914-7865 for further information.


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