Christina L. Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, FACSM

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Christina L. Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, FACSM, is a pediatrician and sports medicine specialist at CHOP with expertise in primary care sports medicine and brain injury medicine.

Areas of Expertise: Brain injury, Concussions, Injury prevention, Overuse injuries in pediatric athletes, Pediatric musculoskeletal injuries, Pediatric sports medicine
Locations: Specialty Care, King of Prussia; Karabots Pediatric Care Center, West Philadelphia; Middleman Family Pavilion

Appointments, Referrals and Video Visits: 215-590-1527


Christina L. Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, FACSM, is a pediatric and adolescent primary care sports medicine specialist, as well as an academic general pediatrician, at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). At CHOP, she works with the Division of Orthopedics, the Sports Medicine and Performance Center and the Division of General Pediatrics (Primary Care).

Dr. Master is the only pediatric sports medicine specialist with a subspecialty in brain injury medicine (BIM) in the region. She practices sports medicine at several CHOP locations throughout the community, and also continues to see primary care patients as a pediatrician at Karabots Pediatric Care Center in West Philadelphia, a practice she's had since she first started at CHOP.

In addition, Dr. Master also is a professor of clinical pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Master completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, and graduated summa cum laude from The State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY.

She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she also served as chief resident. Dr. Master spent 17 years with the Pediatrics Residency Program at CHOP, 11 of which were as the Associate and Vice Program Director. 

Dr. Master completed a sabbatical year of fellowship training in primary care sports medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and clinical interests are in the area of pediatric and adolescent concussion. She has written and lectured extensively about concussions in children and adolescents and helped develop the program Minds Matter Concussion Program at CHOP.

She is also the mother of three children, who participate in activities ranging from track and field to ice hockey.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Brain Injury Medicine – American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics
Sports Medicine – American Board of Pediatrics

Titles and Academic Titles

Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist

Attending Physician

Associate Program Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services




Desai N, Wiebe DJ, Corwin DJ, Lockyer J, Grady MF, Master CL. "Factors Affecting Recovery Trajectories in Pediatric Female Concussion." Clin J Sport Med. 2019;29(5):361-367.


Corwin DJ, Zonfrillo MR, Wiebe DJ, Master CL, Grady MF, Arbogast KB. "Vestibular and Oculomotor Findings in Neurologically-Normal, Non-Concussed children." Brain Inj. 2018;32(6):794-799.


Master CL, Scheiman M, Gallaway M, Goodman A, Robinson RL, Master SR, Grady MF. Vision Diagnoses Are Common After Concussion in Adolescents. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2016 Mar;55(3):260-7. doi: 10.1177/0009922815594367. Epub 2015 Jul 7. PMID: 26156977


Vernau BT, Grady MF, Goodman A, Wiebe DJ, Basta L, Park Y, Arbogast KB, Master CL. Oculomotor and Neurocognitive Assessment of Youth Ice Hockey Players: Baseline Associations and Observations After Concussion. Dev Neuropsychol. 2015 Jan;40(1):7-11.

Awards and Honors

2022, Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors in Pediatrics

2022, Main Line Today Top Docs, Orthopedics