BALTIMORE, Md.—(March 29, 2018)—Leigh Ann Curl, MD, an attending orthopedic surgeon at MedStar Harbor Hospital and with MedStar Sports Medicine, as well as the head team orthopedic surgeon for the Baltimore Ravens, has been elected president of the NFL Physicians Society, a professional organization for the nation’s physicians who treat members of the National Football League.
As president of the NFL Physicians Society, Dr. Curl will help provide direction and support for the physicians and athletic trainers in responsible for caring for the athletes, and ensure they get the highest standard of medical and surgical care.
Dr. Curl, who joined MedStar Harbor Hospital in 2005 and has been with the Ravens since 1998, is also assistant team physician for the Baltimore Orioles. She has served as team physician for the University of Maryland Terrapins, the New York Mets, USA Women's Basketball, USA Women's Rugby, Johns Hopkins University and St. John's University in New York.
“I can’t think of a better person to help shape the standard of care for NFL athletes than Leigh Ann Curl,” said Sean Huffman, vice president of MedStar Sports Medicine. “The safety and health of NFL players is among the largest conversations the nation is having at this moment, and Dr Curl is perfectly equipped to ensure all decisions are appropriately evidence-based.”
Andrew Tucker, MD, medical director of the MedStar Health Sports Medicine program at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and head team physician of the Baltimore Ravens, is a past president of the society, having served from 2007-2009. The position was most recently held by Robert A. Heyer, M.D., of the Carolina Panthers.
Dr. Curl is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and a member of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine. She is board certified and trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, where she played collegiate basketball. Her expertise is sports-related injuries and complex conditions of the shoulder and knee.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.
About MedStar Sports Medicine
MedStar Sports Medicine is one of the premier sports medicine programs in the country. During the past 30 years, MedStar Sports Medicine has grown to include more than 60 physicians,50 certified athletic trainers and a network of 80 physical therapists, plus researchers and support staff at MedStar Health’s ten hospitals and ambulatory sites. Focused on patient care, education, research and team relationships, this network of medical professionals is dedicated to enhancing the health and performance of all active people. More than 100 sports organizations, including the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, and US Lacrosse, have chosen MedStar Sports Medicine as their official sports medicine team. Visit us at MedstarSportsMed.org, or call 888-44-SPORT (888-447-7678).
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