Sports Medicine and Performance Center

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

The Sports and Performance Medicine Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, in cooperation with Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute, is offering a one-year clinical fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine. 

Program snapshot

Clinical experience for fellows

Sports coverage

Fellows serve as the primary sports medicine physician for one local high school, including one athletic training room session per week and football game coverage.

Fellows participate in the athletic training room for at least one local college (West Chester University, Rowan University or the University of Pennsylvania) and provide game coverage at the University of Pennsylvania in multiple sports (sprint football, wrestling, and male/female basketball, soccer and lacrosse).

Fellows will work with Gary Dorshimer, MD, FACP, CAQSM, head team physician for the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) and the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL). Fellows participate in training camp, sideline and post-game coverage with Dr. Dorshimer.

Fellows will also provide event coverage for large sporting events including the Penn Relays and a University of Pennsylvania-hosted regional wrestling tournament. Additional coverage opportunities exist for several local races and a regional rugby tournament.


Core experiences

Academic experiences

Fellows are required to:

Fellows are expected to: 


Fellows are PGY-4 CHOP residents/fellows and will receive standard PGY-4 salary/benefits.

Fellowship core faculty

Matthew Grady, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Matthew Grady, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, is a board-certified pediatrician with a certificate of added qualification in primary care sports medicine. He joined the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at CHOP in 2007. He is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His current teaching responsibilities include director of the primary care sports medicine fellowship, director of outpatient sports medicine requirements for the CHOP Emergency Department fellows, and director of sports medicine electives for pediatric residents and medical students in the CHOP/Penn system.

He currently serves on the AMSSM educational committee and reviews articles for several journals. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and served as the AAP representative on the National Activity Plan. He serves as the concussion consultant for several area high schools and has teamed with county and state officials to develop return-to-school guidelines after concussion injuries.

In addition to his professional interests, he is involved in youth sports at the community level. He serves on a local community youth sports board. He is also a youth sports coach, holding an E-class soccer license.

Christina L. Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM

Christina Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, is an academic general pediatrician who also specializes in sports medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Master completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; medical school at SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; and a pediatric residency at CHOP, where she was chief resident.

Dr. Master spent 17 years with the Pediatric Residency Training Program at CHOP and was associate program director for 11 years. In 2010, she completed a sabbatical year in fellowship training in primary care sports medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with Drs. Bartolozzi and Dorshimer. Dr. Master’s research interests include concussion and issues in graduate medical education.

Gary Dorshimer, MD, FACP, CAQSM

Gary Dorshimer, MD, FACP, CAQSM, is currently on the medical staff at Pennsylvania Hospital, and practices general internal medicine and sports medicine as part of Delancey Medical Associates. He served as the program director for the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in the University of Pennsylvania Health System from 1998-2010. Since 2010, he has served as the chief for the Section of General Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Since 2001, Dr. Dorshimer has served as head team physician for the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), and has been with the team in other capacities for 28 seasons. Dr. Dorshimer is in his 14th year as an internist with the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL). He is a member of the NFL Physicians Society and has served as an at-large representative to the executive committee of the group from 2003-07.

Dr. Dorshimer has also served as a team physician for the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL), the Philadelphia Rage (Women’s American Basketball League), Philadelphia Charge (Women’s United Soccer Association), and the Philadelphia Kixx (MISL). Additionally, he has served as consultant for the Olympics in 1998, 2002 and 2010, and has worked with the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Dr. Dorshimer received a summa cum laude bachelor's degree in natural science from Muhlenberg College, Muhlenberg, PA, and his medical degree form the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha academic societies. He completed his postgraduate training at Pennsylvania Hospital and was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1984. In 1995, he earned a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine from that board and was recertified in 2005.

Rahul Kapur, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, Assistant Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Rahul Kapur, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, is an assistant professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Sports Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a board-certified family physician and is fellowship-trained in primary care sports medicine. He is an assistant director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship sponsored by CHOP in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital and Aria Health System.

Dr. Kapur is a team physician for University of Pennsylvania Athletics and provides coverage for sprint football, wrestling, gymnastics, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and serves as medical director of the Penn Relays Track and Field Carnival. He sees patients at Penn Family Care and St. Leonard’s Court (as a sports medicine specialist), and at the UPenn Sports Medicine Center, through the Department of Orthopedics.

Dr. Kapur's areas of clinical interest include game coverage for collegiate and high school athletics, non-operative musculoskeletal medicine, concussion management, running medicine, sudden cardiac death in athletes, and childhood obesity. His main academic interest lies in curriculum development and he is the primary teaching faculty for musculoskeletal medicine to University of Pennsylvania medical students and the Penn Family Medicine residents. He is the primary preceptor for residents during their sports medicine rotation and also oversees a family medicine/sports medicine elective for medical students. He works with the fellows on a weekly basis seeing sports medicine patients and supervises fellows' game coverage of Penn Athletics. He also serves on both the fellowship and education committees for AMSSM.

Dr. Kapur earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, and completed an internship, residency and fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. 

Theodore J. Ganley, MD, Director of the Sports Medicine and Performance Center at CHOP

Theodore J. Ganley, MD, is the head pediatric sports medicine orthopedic surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the director of the Sports Medicine and Performance Center at CHOP.

Dr. Ganley is one of a small group of surgeons in the country with a primary focus on sports and trauma in the young athlete. He is a member of several multi-center research groups, he is a cofounder and member of ROCK — Research in Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee group, and he is a member of MARS — the Multicenter ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) Revision Study group.

He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific articles, reviews or textbook chapters, and is editor of the 2011 Clinics in Sports Medicine book on ACL injury in the young athlete. Dr. Ganley lectures nationally and internationally on ACL reconstruction, OCD lesions, sports and trauma in the young athlete. He has served as the chair of the AAOS/POSNA course Cutting Edge Surgical Techniques in the Young Athlete, a Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America Education Committee member and an International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium advisory board member. He is also chair of the 2012 AAOS Annual Meeting Instructional Course Operative Challenges and Solutions in Pediatric Sports Medicine.

Dr. Ganley earned his medical degree from Hahnemann/Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA; an internship at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL; and residency at Hamot Medical Center/Shriner's Hospital for Children, Erie, PA. He completed two fellowships — one in sports medicine at The Graduate Hospital/The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, and the second in pediatric orthopedic surgery at CHOP.

Arthur Bartolozzi, MD, Chief of Sports Medicine at Aria Health System

Arthur Bartolozzi, MD, is the chief orthopedic surgeon of Sports Medicine at Aria Health System. He has served as the orthopedic team physician for the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Phantoms hockey team, Philadelphia Kixx soccer team, Camden River Sharks baseball team, the Philadelphia Rage professional women's basketball team and currently volunteers as a team physician to the U.S. National Soccer Team.

While devoting his career to the care of athletes, he has maintained a teaching relationship with the athletic training department at several local universities including Rowan University, West Chester University and Holy Family College. As the program director for the Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine Program at Pennsylvania Hospital for nearly 20 years, Dr. Bartolozzi has participated in the training of more than 60 fellows in the area of orthopedic sports medicine and primary care sports medicine. Along with Dr. Dorshimer, Dr. Bartolozzi co-founded the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital in 1998.

Dr. Bartolozzi specializes in arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder, ligament reconstruction and total joint replacement. He is a member of a number of local and national professional societies. He is published in many areas of sports medicine, including knee and shoulder, and also in the area of fluid and hydration. As an integral member of the Orthopedic Primary Care Sports Medicine faculty, he has had the opportunity to interact with and care for athletes at many levels from high school to professional, as well as provide the opportunity to carefully explore and understand physical examination of the extremities.

Dr. Bartolozzi graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, Providence, RI, and earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He completed his residency and a research fellowship in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and a second fellowship in sports medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Additional staff

To learn more about other orthopedic and sports medicine staff that you may interact with as part of the fellowship, see CHOP's Division of Orthopedic Surgery team, CHOP's Sports Medicine and Performance Center team, and Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute Sports Medicine team

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

How to apply

Application is via ERAS under Pediatric Sports Medicine.

Application information is available at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

This program participates in the match.

More information

For more information about the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, contact Fellowship Director Matthew Grady, MD, FAAP, CAQSM.

For questions about the application process, contact Catherine O’Shea in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at 215-590-1527 or by email.


Reviewed by: Matthew Grady, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, and Jeffrey Albaugh, PT, MS, ATC
Date: July 2013

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