BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse has selected team physicians and athletic trainers for each of the four teams in the U.S. National Teams Program. Individuals were selected following a national recruitment and review process led by the US Lacrosse Sports Science & Safety Committee. Each team will be covered by a primary care physician, a sports orthopedic surgeon and an athletic training staff. These medical teams will work with US Lacrosse staff, national teams committees, team coaches and players to provide optimal medical care and preventative services for each of the national teams.
Many of these individuals, as well as members of the US Lacrosse Sports Science & Safety Committee, will be participating in the first-of-its-kind Lacrosse Sports Medicine Conference, which will be held in Baltimore on Friday, March 11. The event is being run by US Lacrosse and MedStar Sports Health/Union Memorial Sports Medicine. More information about the event can be found at www.uslacrosse.org/events.
The medical staffs for the U.S. national teams are:
2011 U.S. Women's Under-19 Team
Primary Care: Eugene Hong, MD – Newtown Square, Pa.
Orthopedics: Karen M. Sutton, MD – Fairfield, Conn.
Head Athletic Trainer: Megan Colas, ATC - Miami, Fla.
2012 U.S. Men's Under-19 Team
Primary Care: Doug McKeag, MD – Indianapolis, Ind.
Orthopedics: Dennis Kramer, MD – Boston, Mass.
Head Athletic Trainer: Chris Kury, ATC – Lutherville, Md.
Assistant Athletic Trainer: Mandy Merritt, ATC – South Bend, Ind.
2013 U.S. Women's Senior Team
Primary Care: Teri McCambridge, MD – Sparks, Md.
Orthopedics: Richard Hinton, MD, MPH, PT – Baltimore, Md.
Head Athletic Trainer: Michael Cantele, ATC – Gettysburg, Pa.
2014 U.S. Men's Senior Team
Primary Care: Margot Putukian, MD – Princeton, N.J.
Head Athletic Trainer: Anthony Ortolano, ATC – Liverpool, N.Y.
Assistant Athletic Trainer: Troy Gerlt, ATC – Liverpool, N.Y.
Brief bios of each individual follow:
EUGENE HONG, MD – Primary Care, 2011 U.S. Women’s U19 National Team
Eugene Hong, M.D., is Chairman of the Department of Family, Community & Preventive Medicine and Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is also the director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at Hahnemann University Hospital. Hong is an authority on concussions, cardiac issues in athletes, overuse injuries and sports injury prevention. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, Hong completed a general surgery internship at the University of Connecticut; a community medicine fellowship at the University of Massachusetts; and a residency in family medicine and a fellowship in sports medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. Hong serves as the head team physician for Drexel University and for Philadelphia University. He is also a team physician for St. Joseph’s University and Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. Hong is an active member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He resides in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania with his wife Mindy and their two girls, Katherine and Audrey.
KAREN M. SUTTON, MD – Orthopedics, 2011 U.S. Women’s U19 National Team
Dr. Karen Sutton is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine. She is a sports orthopedic surgeon who is involved in establishing a multi-disciplinary approach to both pediatric sports orthopedic surgery and women’s sports medicine at Yale University. She did her fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine where she assisted in the care of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins and New England Revolution. In addition, Sutton was an accomplished lacrosse player at Duke University where she was a three-time captain, two-time Academic All-American and led her team to the NCAA Tournament Final Four. Sutton lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with her husband, Gregg Wysocki, and their son, Luke.
MEGAN COLAS, ATC – Head Athletic Trainer, 2011 U.S. Women’s U19 National Team
Megan Colas is currently a professor in the athletic training education program at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she has been since 2008. Prior to her faculty appointment, Colas was the head athletic trainer for women’s basketball and taught undergraduate courses at Virginia Polytechnic University. She is board certified by NATA, is a current member of FATA, and is an American Red Cross Instructor, Professional Rescuer/First Aid. Colas received her Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from Salisbury University in 2002. She received her M.S. degree in Health Promotions in 2003 and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Design in 2009, both from Virginia Tech. She currently lives in Miami, Florida with her husband Cols Colas, an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Miami, and their daughter, Alexa.
DOUG McKEAG, MD – Primary Care, 2012 U.S. Men’s U19 National Team
Douglas B. McKeag, MD, MS, served as chairman of the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine and director of the Indiana University Center for Sports Medicine from 1999 to 2009. He currently is the OneAmerica Professor Emeritus, Family Medicine. McKeag received his medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1973 and completed his family medicine residency at the Grand Rapids Area Medical Education Program in 1976. He is currently a board member of the Michigan State University CHM Alumni Board. Serving as a professional consultant to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Committee, McKeag has also consulted with Kuwait University, Walt Disney Educational Services, Puerto Rico Olympic Committee, Clemson University, New York Giants, University of Louisville, Southern Illinois University and the Indianapolis Colts among others. McKeag has continued his involvement with professional medical organizations such as; American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American Board of Family Practice, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 2003, McKeag received the Citation Award from ACSM, as well as leading a sports medicine delegation of physicians to Vietnam, sponsored by People to People Ambassador Programs. He recently completed two books – one for the International Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Series with Blackwell Science Ltd., in London, England and the Second Edition of ACSM’s Primary Care Sports Medicine textbook. McKeag currently serves on the editorial boards of nine medical journals and sits on the Board of Directors for the AMSSM Foundation and Honduras ENLACE Foundations. In 2011, McKeag became the Director of the Indiana Schweitzer Fellows Program, the 13th such program in the United States.
DENNIS KRAMER, MD – Orthopedics, 2012 U.S. Men’s U19 National Team
Dr. Dennis Kramer is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and subspecialist in Sports Medicine. He is an instructor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. Kramer was a three-time NCAA National Champion lacrosse midfielder and face-off specialist for Princeton University from 1994 to 1997. He completed medical school at New York University and residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins. Kramer’s fellowship was in Sports Medicine and Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston. He is currently a full-time academic and clinic orthopedic surgeon in the Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston. He is team physician for Middlesex High School and has numerous peer review and book chapter publications on sports medicine topics.
CHRIS KURY, ATC – Head Athletic Trainer, 2012 U.S. Men’s U19 National Team
Christopher Kury is the head athletic trainer at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland in Baltimore. Since he started at the school in 2000, he has elevated the level of play at Boys’ Latin by incorporating strength and conditioning programs that have benefitted the athletes throughout the year. Kury has been involved with US Lacrosse since 1997 and has served as an athletic trainer for the U.S. men’s U19 national team since 2003. He has also worked internationally with the 2006 Danish men’s national team who competed in the 2006 Lacrosse World Games in London, Ontario. Currently, he is the athletic trainer for the Baltimore Crabs Lacrosse team where he provides medical coverage for practices, games and tournaments. Kury lives in Lutherville, Maryland with his wife, Camie and their son, Aiden.
MANDY MERRITT, ATC – Assistant Athletic Trainer, 2012 U.S. Men’s U19 National Team
Dr. Mandy Merritt is an associate physical therapist and athletic trainer for the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. She has extensive experience with men’s lacrosse spending time as both a student and employed athletic trainer with the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse program, working with Towson’s University men’s lacrosse program, and also serving as the co-director (2002-2009) of athletic training services for one of the largest lacrosse team-camps in the country, Battle of the Hotbeds. She earned her doctorate degree in physical therapy at the University of Delaware and later passed the exam to become a sports certified specialist. Merritt is currently the athletic trainer for the men’s lacrosse program at University of Notre Dame and also oversees women’s swimming and diving. She is an active member of the Big East, involved in policy making for standards of care for men’s lacrosse. Merritt resides in South Bend, Indiana.
TERI McCAMBRIDGE, MD – Primary Care, 2013 U.S. Women’s Senior National Team
Dr. Teri McCambridge is a primary care sports medicine physician at Towson Orthopedic Associates. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and assists with the sports medicine fellowship at the University of Maryland. McCambridge is the medical director of athletics at the Towson University, Hereford High School, Notre Dame Preparatory School, St. Paul’s School for the Girls and Garrison Forest School. She is also on the USA Gymnastics referral network and is chairperson of the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness for the American Academy of Pediatrics. McCambridge lives in Sparks, Maryland with her husband and two children, Jackson and Hannah.
RICHARD HINTON, MD, MPH, PT – Orthopedics, 2013 U.S. Women’s Senior National Team
Dr. Richard Hinton is a sports orthopedic surgeon and director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Hinton is a founding member of the US Lacrosse Sports Safety & Science Committee and continues to be very active on this committee as well as engaged in ongoing research in lacrosse injury prevention and surveillance. He is co-chair of the Lacrosse Sports Medicine Conference, which will be held in Baltimore on March 11, 2011. Hinton also serves in a team physician role for the NFL Baltimore Ravens, Morgan State University, and St. Paul’s High School. He has taken care of lacrosse players and teams at the scholastic, collegiate, and club level throughout his career. Hinton lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Endrika who is a gynecologist/reproductive endocrinologist and their four children Ella, Ada, Wiatt and Webb.
MICHAEL CANTELE, ATC – Head Athletic Trainer, 2013 U.S. Women’s Senior National Team
Michael Cantele is the head athletic trainer for Gettysburg College where he has been for 21 years. While at Gettysburg, he has been an instructor for numerous exercise science classes and oversees medical support for 24 intercollegiate teams. During his career, Cantele has provided medical support during international events including the Pan American Games, USA Athletes International lacrosse tours and the 2009 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. He authored, "The X’s and O’s of a Concussion in All-American Coach" in the U.S. Army Magazine for High School Football Coaches. He will be a panelist during the Lacrosse Sports Medicine Conference. Cantele lives in Gettysburg with his wife Carol, Gettysburg College head women’s lacrosse coach, and has two children Jordan and Ashlie.
MARGOT PUTUKIAN, MD – Primary Care Doctor, 2014 U.S. Men’s Senior National Team
Dr. Margot Putukian is currently the director of athletic medicine and head team physician for Princeton University, where she has been since 2004. She previously worked as a team physician and the director of primary care sports medicine at Penn State University for nearly 11 years. Putukian is on the NFL Head Neck and Spine Committee, and chairs the Return to Play Subcommittee. Putukian is a charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, where she served on the board from 1997 to 2006 and president from 2004 to 2005, and is currently a member of the AMSSM Foundation Board. She is also currently the chair on Sports Science & Safety Committee as well as the Task Force on Clinical Medicine for the American College of Sports Medicine. She served on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee. She is also a team physician for US Soccer. Putukian received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale University, where she participated in soccer and lacrosse, and received her medical doctorate from Boston University. She then completed her internship and residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. She completed her fellowship in sports medicine at Michigan State University and now resides in Princeton, New Jersey.
ANTHONY ORTOLANO, ATC – Head Athletic Trainer, 2014 U.S. Men’s Senior National Team
Anthony Ortolano is the head athletic trainer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York. He recently served as the head athletic trainer for the 2010 U.S. Men’s Senior National Team that won the gold at the FIL World Championships in Manchester, England. Prior to arriving at RPI, Ortolano served as the head athletic trainer at Union College and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He is a member of National Athletic Trainers Association and the New York State Athletic Trainers Association where he was a recipient of the Tom Sheehan Award, NYSATA’s highest award for the advancement of the profession. Ortolano is a 2008 inductee in the Adirondack Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He attended Norwich University where he was a four-year lacrosse starter and received his master’s degree at Central Connecticut State University. He and his wife, Megan, reside in East Nassau, New York. Their four children all played college lacrosse.
TROY GERLT, ATC – Assistant Athletic Trainer, 2014 U.S. Men’s Senior National Team
Troy Gerlt is the men’s lacrosse athletic trainer at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. He is a certified member of the NATA, EATA, NYSATA, is an American Red Cross certified instructor for CPR/First Aid/AED, and is certified in the SASTM method of soft tissue mobilization and in Active Release Techniques (ART) of the lower extremity and spine. Gerlt presented on the topic of "Catastrophic Injury Preparedness" at the 2005 US Lacrosse National Convention in Philadelphia and served as an athletic trainer for the 2008 U.S. men’s U19 national team that won the gold medal at the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) U-19 World Championship. He also was an athletic trainer for the U.S. men’s senior national team that defeated Canada to win the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship. Gerlt resides in Liverpool, New York with his dog, Deuce.
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