Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Thomas Best of OSU Sports Medicine

Written by Laura Dyrda | October 15, 2010 | Print  |
Thomas Best, MD, is the co-director of OSU Sports Medicine in Columbus, Ohio, where his clinical interests include muscle and tendon injuries, osteoarthritis and concussions. He is the current president of the American College of Sports Medicine, which is partnering with several other organizations to form Professionals Against Doping in Sports, a group encouraging commitment among athletes and physicians to drug-free sports.

"At the forefront of concern about steroids and doping is the short- and long-term health and welfare of the athlete, himself or herself," said Dr. Best in a PADS news release. "In addition, you want competitors in sports to be using national ability and trained talent to compete, without the issue or suspicion of drug use intended to provide unfair advantage."

Dr. Best has contributed a significant amount of clinical research to sports medicine journals and serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports, British Journal of Sportsmedicine and The Physician & Sportsmedicine. He also serves as reviewer for several other sports medicine and family practice journals.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Best serves as team physician for Ohio State University men's ice hockey team and consultant for several American and Canadian national hockey teams. He has previously served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin College of Medicine and was a team physician with the university's athletic department.

Dr. Best has given presentations around the world on several subjects, including muscle strain injuries. He has a professional affiliation with the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine and the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Best earned his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Read more coverage on orthopedic and spine industry leaders to know:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Alfred Bonati of The Bonati Spine Institute

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Leo Whiteside of the Missouri Bone & Joint Center

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