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:
Team physician (orthopedics): Bill Emper, MD, of Philadelphia-based Rothman Institute.
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.
Team physician: Russell VanderWilde, MD, of Spokane, Wash.-based Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists.
Head team orthopedic surgeon: Darren L. Johnson, MD, of Lexington-based University of Kentucky Healthcare.
Head team physician: Donald Porter, MD, of Tucson-based University of Arizona Health Services.
Team physician: Dean Taylor, MD, of Durham, N.C.-based Duke Health.
Head orthopedic surgeon: John Ellis, Jr., MD, of Louisville, Ky.-based Ellis & Badenhausen.
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.
Team physicians: Waco, Texas-based Southwest Sports Medicine.
Primary orthopedic team physician: Stephen Kollias, MD, of Indianapolis-based OrthoIndy.
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.
Head team physician: Greg Rowdon, MD, of West Lafayette, Ind.-based Purdue University Student Health Service.
Head team physician: David R. Diduch, MD, of Charlottesville-based University of Virginia School of Medicine.
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.
Head team physician: Jon G. Divine, MD, of University of Cincinnati Health.
Head team physician: Valerie Cothran, MD, of Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical Center.
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.
Head orthopedic team physician: Asheesh Bedi, MD, of Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan School of Medicine.
Head team physician: Sean R. Convery, MD, of Dayton, Ohio-based Premier Health Specialists.
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.
Head team physicians: Christopher Arnold, MD, of Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists in Fayetteville, Ark.
Head team physician: Jeff Mjannes, MD, of Chicago-based Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.
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.
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.
Head team physician: Robert Burger, MD, of Cincinnati-based Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
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.
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.
Head team physician: Margot Putukian, MD, of Princeton (N.J.) University Health Services.
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.
Team physician: Matthew Lunser, DO, of Burlington-based University of Vermont's Center for Health and Wellbeing.
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.
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.
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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