Meet the Sports Doc expert panel
A sports medicine and fitness blog focused on all of the issues around getting and staying fit
Meet the Sports Doc expert panel
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
To provide you with the timely, credible, in-depth resource you need to keep competing in whatever your activity of choice, we have been growing our panel of bloggers to include sports medicine experts from around the Philadelphia region. Here is a quick look at our regular contributors, beginning with the editor. Stayed tuned for even more.
Rob Senior, Philly.com's sports medicine and fitness editor, has covered sports medicine, physical rehabilitation and various aspects of fitness for a variety of publications.
He also enjoys following college and professional sports, and coaches his children's youth teams. Rob resides in Limerick, Pa. with his wife Maria and their children.
Alfred Atanda, Jr., M.D.is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and is the surgical director of the Sports Medicine Program. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Atanda completed an internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. He has just completed a sports medicine fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with the Rothman Institute. During his sports medicine fellowship, he worked with the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Soul, Philadelphia Marathon, Saint Joseph’s University and local high schools.
Dr. Atanda has a long-standing interest in sports medicine, which was solidified during his pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. The youngest of seven children and one of four boys who played competitive soccer, sports were always a part of his life. He uses these experiences in his work, combining outcomes-related research with an active sports medicine clinical program. His primary research interests are related to ACL injury prevention and overuse shoulder and elbow injuries.
David Berkson, M.D., is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine and is an assistant professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is the chief medical officer of the Pennsylvania Senior Games and the team physician for Monsignor Bonner High School in Upper Darby. Dr. Berkson has been awarded the Heroes of York County Award from the American Red Cross for helping save the life of a high school athlete whose heart stopped on the field. He sees patients at Drexel Sports Medicine in Manayunk.
Robert Cabry, M.D., specializes in sports medicine, osteoporosis, and injury prevention for Drexel Sports Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine and serves on the faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Cabry currently serves as a team physician for U.S. Figure Skating and associate team physician for Drexel Athletics. He has previously served as team physician for area high schools and colleges, as well as amateur and professional sports teams. Dr. Cabry spent five years as a naval medical officer, during which he earned two Navy Commendation Medals and a Meritorious Unit Commendation. He sees patients at Drexel Sports Medicine in Manayunk.
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT, is a physical therapist advanced clinician at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s Riverfront Outpatient Center where she has been employed for more than 11 years. Julie graduated with her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Scranton in 1998.
She became a board certified Orthopedic Certified Specialist in 2008 and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist through the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Associates in 2007. Julie treats a diverse caseload of patients with both orthopedic and neurological diagnoses. She enjoys utilizing manual therapy to enhance patient treatment outcomes as well as mentoring new physical therapists. She loves being a physical therapist as there are always new things to learn and new patients to inspire her.
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D., director of the Sports Medicine Team at the Rothman Institute, is internationally recognized for his work in sports medicine. He is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery , Chief of Sports Medicine, and Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University. He serves as Head Team Physician for the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Joseph’s University.
He is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and has served on the Board of Directors for the major Sports Medicine Societies in the world. He has authored numerous articles, research, and textbooks and has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on sports medicine. He has been consistently recognized as one of the “Top Sports Doctors” regionally and nationally.
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. is an accomplished orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at the Rothman Institute. He is the Head Team Physician for the Philadelphia Eagles and Head Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Philadelphia Flyers. He has dedicated his career to treating athletes of all ages.
His expertise is in ACL reconstruction, shoulder labral repair and other advanced arthroscopic procedures of the shoulder and knee. Dr. DeLuca has served in the past as team physician for the Philadelphia Phantoms, Camden Riversharks, Philadelphia Kixx and Philadelphia Rage. He was selected to serve as Head Team Physician for the NFC in the Pro Bowl in 2003, 2004 and 2009 and recently led an Eagles medical staff that received an award for the Best Medical Staff in the NFL for 2010.
Dr. Joel Fish is the Director of The Center For Sport Psychology in Philadelphia and a nationally recognized expert in sport psychology who has worked in the field for the past twenty years. He has worked extensively with athletes of all ages and skills levels, from youth sport through the Olympic and professional ranks. Dr. Fish has been a sport psychology consultant for the Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia 76ers, the Philadelphia Phillies Organization, and the Philadelphia Charge. He has spoken nationwide on sport psychology at over 200 universities and is a popular presenter at a variety of athletic functions. He is also the author of 101 Ways to Be A Terrific Sports Parent.
R. Robert Franks, D.O., specializes in medical orthopaedics, sports medicine and concussion management at the Rothman Institute. Dr. Franks is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He is a Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at UMDNJ-SOM.
Dr. Franks is one of the regions leaders in sports medicine related concussion management and was an author on the Team Physician’s Consensus Statement on Concussion. He is an active member of several sports medicine societies, including serving on the Executive Committee of AOASM. Dr. Franks currently serves as team physician for USA wrestling and a number of area high schools and consults for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Eugene Hong, M.D., is chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and holds the Hamot and Sturgis Endowed Chair of the Department of Family, Community & Preventive Medicine. He also serves as the associate dean for primary care and community health. Dr. Hong is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He serves as head team physician for Drexel University and Philadelphia University; is a team physician at Saint Joseph’s University; and serves as team physician for the U.S. National Women’s U19 Lacrosse Team. Dr. Hong specializes in concussion management and is currently funded by the NIH and Department of Defense in concussion-related research projects. He sees patients at Drexel Sports Medicine in Manayun
Jim McCrossin is the Athletic Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach of both the Flyers and the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers' AHL affiliate. Is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Academy of Sports Medicine. Is a graduate of West Chester University and is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist CSCS).
David Rubenstein, M.D. is the Director of Sports Medicine at Main Line Health's Lankenau Medical Center, and is as team orthopedist for the Philadelphia 76ers. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who has been repeatedly recognized as a 'Top Doctor' by regional and national groups and publications. He attended medical school at Temple University of Medicine and completed his internship and residency with Albert Einstein Medical Center.