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Medical Director, Sports Medicine

Req Number: S245VQ
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posted: 1/17/2023
Category: Life Sciences/Healthcare : Hospital/Health Systems
Job Type: Permanent

Purpose of the Position
The University of Texas Health at San Antonio and the San Antonio Spurs are seeking a fellowship trained, Primary Care, Internal Medicine, or Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine Physician to serve in a dual role as the Medical Director, Sports Medicine for the San Antonio Spurs/Team Physician and a physician faculty member.

The Medical Director, Sports Medicine will be part of a multidisciplinary performance team consisting of orthopedic surgeons and physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, sports scientists, performance nutritionists, and sports psychologists, working collaboratively to manage the wellbeing of the players with an emphasis on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance optimization.

The Medical Director, Sports Medicine will be joining as the Spurs are undergoing a reorganization to ensure the players continue to receive best-in-class service without disruptions of complications. The new structure will allow for the Medical Director, Sports Medicine to partner and collaborate with the Director of Player Performance & Wellness and Directors of Performance Therapy & Athletic Training as well as coordinate care amongst the team specialists as well as outside physician consultants.

As an integral part of the Spurs future around player care and performance, opening in the Fall of 2023 as a global center of discovery, focused on the advancement of human performance, The Rock at La Cantera will have a transformative impact on the communities served.

The Rock at La Cantera will include a human performance research center, a 22-acre park, a state-of-the-art Spurs performance center, a public outdoor event plaza and space for medical, hospitality and commercial use.

The human performance research center fosters leaders and experiential best practices across all aspects of human performance. The human factors and disciplines include, but are not limited to, skill development and coaching, nutrition, recovery, psychological and neurological domains, medicine as pertains to optimizing injury and performance, technology, life skills, creativity, human spirituality and the x-factor, i.e., grit and resiliency.

The Rock at La Cantera is a legacy project that reinforces the Spurs and SS&E’s long-term commitment to the community and their desire to ensure future growth and development in San Antonio. The project is building a space for the community to enjoy, for businesses to prosper and ultimately to facilitate research and advancements in human performance that can benefit everyone who lives here.

In addition to over 500,000 square feet of building space, the campus will feature two unique public outdoor spaces. A 22-acre park that will include the largest dog park in San Antonio, while providing a trailhead that offers easy access to the Leon Creek and Salado Creek Greenways leading to over 40 miles of trails, plus a public outdoor event plaza that can be utilized for a wide range of programming.

This is an exciting time of change and opportunity for the San Antonio Spurs, UT Health San Antonio, and their partnership. In addition to supporting the existing high standards of elite care for the San Antonio Spurs, the new Medical Director, Sports Medicine will be part of a collegial effort to enable the Spurs and UT Health San Antonio to become an international leader in human performance.

Key Responsibilities
San Antonio Spurs
Serve as the Medical Director, Sports Medicine/Team Physician for the San Antonio Spurs which includes the following responsibilities:
 Daily in-person availability for injury or illness assessment and follow-ups, and emergency care.
 Develop agreed upon best practice protocols for common interventions and medications for acute, acute on chronic, and chronic injuries.
 Perform with expertise everyday procedures such as MSK assessments with ultrasound, US guided joint injections.
 Management of 2nd opinion specialists, imaging (re-reads and reporting), and extraordinary medical requirements (e.g., COVID).
 Direct involvement with Draft and Free Agency recruiting processes, including coordination of fellows, timely medical intel gathering, reading and interpreting images, and medical grading.
 Educating staff (performance, coaching, front office, etc.) on specific medical topics, when required (e.g., understanding reports, assessments, healing/physiological processes, etc.).
 Coordinate and/or refer player families and staff health needs within the UT Health network.
 Manage supplies for home arena physician room and doctor travel bag.
 Willingness to travel with team as indicated.

UT Health San Antonio
Serve as a Physician Faculty member with the following responsibilities:
 Evaluation and treatment of patients with sports injuries and musculoskeletal complaints while providing direct patient care in the UT Health clinic and/or in association with coverage of other sports teams.
 Be actively involved in, and committed to, an academic practice (including research and membership / leadership in national sports medicine societies) to insure involvement and knowledge of current and future best practices.
 Resident mentoring and medical student teaching opportunities are available, but not required.
 The academic rank and salary will be dependent on the individual's qualifications.

The Candidate
Experience and Professional Qualifications
 Candidates for the position must be a duly licensed physician who, as of their hiring date: i) is board certified and fellowship trained in their field of medical expertise; ii) has at least five years of post-fellowship clinical experience; and iii) has successfully completed an accredited fellowship in sports medicine or has a Certification of Added Qualification (CAQ) in sports medicine.
 Candidates must possess or be able to obtain, no later than August 31st, 2023, a Texas Medical License, be board certified in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine or internal medicine and pediatrics combined, and hold a CAQ in Sports Medicine.
 Outstanding soft skills and bedside manner to interact effectively and harmoniously with people and patients: humble, good teammate, and outstanding communicator.
 Effective handling of crises, emergencies, and pressure.
 Ability to be adaptive and flexible.
 Experience and interest in diagnostic and interventional ultrasound technology.
 Interest in Information Systems, including on-line databases and patient management systems, dashboards, reports, image viewers, etc.
 Interest in being part of a UT Health physician team that consists of over 800 providers in more than 100 specialties and subspecialties.

The Organization
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team, competing in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The franchise has won five NBA Championship titles and six Conference titles.

The University of Texas Health San Antonio
UT Health San Antonio is a leading academic health center with a mission to make lives better through excellence in advanced academics, life-saving research and comprehensive clinical care. Strategies for achieving this mission are: educating a diverse student body to become excellent health care providers and scientists; engaging in research to understand health and disease; commercializing discoveries, as appropriate, to benefit the public; providing compassionate and culturally proficient health care; engaging our community to improve health; and influencing thoughtful advances in health policy.

UT Health is a dynamic and rapidly expanding health science center with five professional schools (medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate school of biomedical sciences) with missions of education, clinical care, research and community service. With a budget of nearly one billion dollars, a work force of 7,100 and a research portfolio of approximately $300 million, UT Health is quickly rising in prominence among academic medical centers in the United States.

UT Health Department of Orthopedics
Founded by Charles Rockwood, Jr. MD in 1966 as a Division of General Surgery, Department status was attained in 1983. Under Dr. Rockwood’s leadership, the Department has fostered the development of many leaders in orthopaedic surgery, and a few legends including Dr. Rockwood himself, Dr. Kaye Wilkins, Dr. David Green, Dr. Jesse DeLee, and Dr. James Heckman, to name only a few. The textbook and teaching contributions of Drs. Rockwood, Wilkins, and Green have defined injury treatment from accident scene to recovery for over a generation.

The Department continues to grow and at present has more than 25 full time faculty, with expertise in almost every sub-specialty in Orthopaedics. It is routinely ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top 50 Orthopaedic Programs in the United States.

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