March Madness: 68 NCAA tournament team physicians

Orthopedic Sports Medicine

March Madness 2017 is in full swing, with the NCAA Division-I men's Round of 32 taking place on March 17 and 18 of this weekend all around the country. While most of the 68 tournament qualifiers and play-in participants will have been disqualified by the time plays begins on Saturday morning, physicians, surgeons and medical professionals have played instrumental roles in preparing and treating these teams' athletes so they could compete in top physical shape all season long.

Here are some of the medical professionals who helped sustain and care for all 68 teams who qualified for the 2017 NCAA men's basketball tournament:


1. Villanova


Team physician (orthopedics): Bill Emper, MD, of Philadelphia-based Rothman Institute.

2. Kansas


Head team physician: Lawrence M. Magee, MD, of Lawrence (Ks.) Memorial Hospital.

3. North Carolina


Head team physician: Thomas Brickner, MD, of Chapel Hill-based University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

4. Gonzaga


Team physician: Russell VanderWilde, MD, of Spokane, Wash.-based Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists.  


5. Kentucky


Head team orthopedic surgeon: Darren L. Johnson, MD, of Lexington-based University of Kentucky Healthcare.


6. Arizona


Head team physician: Donald Porter, MD, of Tucson-based University of Arizona Health Services.


7. Duke


Team physician: Dean Taylor, MD, of Durham, N.C.-based Duke Health.


8. Louisville


Head orthopedic surgeon: John Ellis, Jr., MD, of Louisville, Ky.-based Ellis & Badenhausen.


9. Oregon


Director of Athletic Medicine: Greg Skaggs, MD, of the University of Oregon in Eugene.


10. Florida State


Team physicians: Kris Stowers, MD, William Thompson, MD, Hector Mejia, MD, Aaron Guyer, MD, Jason Oberste, MD, and David Bellamy, MD, of Tallahassee (Fla.) Orthopedic Clinic.


11. University of California, Los Angeles


Head team physician: John DiFiori, MD, of UC Los Angeles Health.


12. Baylor


Team physicians: Waco, Texas-based Southwest Sports Medicine.


13. Butler


Primary orthopedic team physician: Stephen Kollias, MD, of Indianapolis-based OrthoIndy.


14. Florida


Head team physician: Michael Moser, MD, of Gainesville-based University of Florida College of Medicine.


15. West Virginia


Team physician: William R. Post, MD, of Morgantown, W.V.-based Mountaineer Orthopedic Specialists.


16. Purdue


Head team physician: Greg Rowdon, MD, of West Lafayette, Ind.-based Purdue University Student Health Service.


17. Virginia


Head team physician: David R. Diduch, MD, of Charlottesville-based University of Virginia School of Medicine.


18. Minnesota


Medical Director: Bradley Nelson, MD, of TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Bloomington, Minn.


19. Notre Dame


Orthopedic provider: South Bend (Ind.) Orthopedics. 


20. Iowa State


Team physician: Marc Shluman, MD, of Ames-based Iowa State University's Thielen Student Health Center.


21. Southern Methodist University


Head orthopedic team physician: John Baker, MD, of Dallas-based The Carrell Clinic.


22. Cincinnati


Head team physician: Jon G. Divine, MD, of University of Cincinnati Health.


23. Maryland


Head team physician: Valerie Cothran, MD, of Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical Center.


24. Creighton


Team physician: T. Kevin O'Malley, MD, of Omaha-based Gikk Orthopedic Specialists.


25. St. Mary's (Calif.)


Head team physician: Chad A. Roghair, MD, of Berkeley-based Cal Sports & Orthopaedic Institute.


26. South Carolina


Team physician: Christopher George Mazoue, MD, of Columbia, S.C.-based University Specialty Clinics.


27. Michigan


Head orthopedic team physician: Asheesh Bedi, MD, of Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan School of Medicine.


28. Dayton


Head team physician: Sean R. Convery, MD, of Dayton, Ohio-based Premier Health Specialists.


29. Wisconsin


Team physician: David Berhardt, MD, of Madison-based University of Wisconsin Health.


30. Miami (Fla.)


Team physician: Michael G. Baraga, MD, of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.


31. Arkansas


Head team physicians: Christopher Arnold, MD, of Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists in Fayetteville, Ark.


32. Northwestern


Head team physician: Jeff Mjannes, MD, of Chicago-based Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.


33. Vanderbilt


Head team physician: R. Warne Fitch, MD, of Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt Health.


34. Seton Hall


Head team physician: Anthony Festa, MD, of Wayne-based New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.  


35. Michigan State


Head team physician: Jeff Kovan, DO, of East Lansing-based Michigan State University.


36. Virginia Tech


Head team physician: Gunnar Brolinson, DO, of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Blacksburg-based Virginia Tech.


37. Oklahoma State


Head team physician: Val Gene Iven, MD of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.


38. Wichita State


Team physician: Daniel J. Prohaska, MD, of Wichita, Kan.-based Advanced Orthopaedic Associates.


39. Marquette


Team physician: Michael D. Gordon, MD, of Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care.


40. Virginia Commonwealth University


Team physician: Thomas P. Loughran, MD, of Richmond-based Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.


41. Xavier


Head team physician: Robert Burger, MD, of Cincinnati-based Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine


42. Providence


Head team physician: Albert J. Puerini, MD, of Cranston, R.I.-based Family Health and Sports Medicine.


43.  Wake Forest


Director of Sports Medicine: Mike Freehill, MD, of Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists in Winston-Salem, N.C.


44. Rhode Island


Head team physician: Ramin Tabaddor, MD, of South County-based Ortho Rhode Island.


45. Southern California


Head team physician: James E. Tibone, MD, of Los Angeles-based Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.


46. Kansas State


Team physician: James R. McAtee, MD, of Manhattan, Kan.-based Orthopaedic & Sports Center.


47. Nevada


Team physician: Arthur Islas, MD, of University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.


48. Middle Tennessee


Head team physician: C. Rob Dyer, MD, of Nashville-based Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance. 


49. University of North Carolina at Wilmington      


Head team physician: William R. Sutton, MD, of Wilmington, N.C.-based OrthoWilmington.


50. Princeton


Head team physician: Margot Putukian, MD, of Princeton (N.J.) University Health Services.


51. Bucknell


Head team physician: Daniel David Feldmann, MD, of Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System.

52. East Tennessee State University


Team physician: Ralph L. Mills, MD, of Kingsport, Tenn.-based Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates.


53. Vermont


Team physician: Matthew Lunser, DO, of Burlington-based University of Vermont's Center for Health and Wellbeing.


54. Winthrop


Team physician: William C. Graham, MD, of Charlotte, N.C.-based OrthoCarolina.


55. New Mexico State


Team physician: William Baker, DO, of Las Cruces, N.M.-based Mountain View Regional Medical Center.


56. Florida Gulf Coast University


Head team physician: James J. Guerra of Naples, Fla.-based Collier Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center.


57. Kent State


Team physician: Nilesh Shah, MD, of Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health.


58. Iona


Head team physician: Riley J. Williams III, MD, of New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery.


59. Northern Kentucky


Head team physician: James Bilbo, MD, of Edgewood, Ky.-based Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers.


60. Troy


Team physician: Jeffrey R. Dugas, MD, of Birmingham, Ala.-based Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic.  Center


61. Jacksonville State


Medical director and official orthopedic surgeon: Wayne McGough, Jr, MD, of Birmingham, Ala.-based Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center.


62. North Dakota


Team physicians: Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D.


63. Texas Southern


Head team physician: Theodore B. Shybut, MD, of Houston-based Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center. 


64. South Dakota St.


Team physicians: Verle Valentine, MD, of Sanford Health


65. UC Davis


Head team physician: Melita Moore, MD, of University of California, Davis Student Health and Wellness Center.


66. N.C. Central


Head medical team physician: Harry Stafford, MD, of Chapel Hill-based University of North Carolina School of Medicine.


67. New Orleans


Team doctor/physician: Misty Suri, MD, of New Orleans-based Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute.


68. Mt. St. Mary's


Team physician: Samuel Matz, MD, of Eldersburg, Md.-based Carroll Health Group Orthopaedics.


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