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Thomas Best, MD, PhD


Thomas Best, MD, PhD

Position: Professor and Pomerene Chair in Family Medicine; Co-Director, Sports Medicine Center; Team Physician, The OSU Sports Medicine Center

Medical School: University of Western Ontario

Graduate School: Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Residency: University of North Carolina, Family Medicine

Clinical Interests: Elbow injuries; rehabilitation strategies for hamstring injuries; effect of aging on muscle injuries; evidence-based sports medicine.

Research Interests: Muscle injury and healing

Notes: Dr Best is the Co-Medical Director of The OSU Sports Medicine Center, professor of Family Medicine, OSU College of Medicine and serves as the Team Physician for the OSU men’s ice hockey team, and as a consultant to American and Canadian national hockey teams. Prior to joining The OSU Sports Medicine Center staff in 2005 Dr Best was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin College of Medicine as well as team physician for the Wisconsin athletic department.

A graduate of The University of Windsor (Canada), Dr Best attended medical school at The University of Western Ontario. In addition to his medical training Dr Best holds a master’s degree in kineseology and a doctorate in biomedical engineering (Duke University).

Dr Best is a fellow and the incoming president of The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the official journal of the ACSM. He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and holds a Certificate of Additional Qualification in Sports Medicine. He is a member of The Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine and The American Academy of Family Physicians.