Education & Training

Sports Medicine Fellowship

General Information


The Sports Medicine Fellowship of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and the Harvard Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation provide an integrated, multidisciplinary sports medicine curriculum.  Our goal is to train world class academic sports medicine physiatrists to become leaders in the subspecialty of primary care sports medicine.


The 12-month fellowship is designed to meet the objectives and requirements as outlined by the American Board of PM&R for subspecialty certification in Primary Care Sports Medicine. Currently, one fellow per year is accepted into the program and upon starting, becomes eligible for an appointment at Harvard Medical School through the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Clinical rotations are divided into four three-month blocks to meet educational requirements.

The fellow spends time at multiple facilities including Massachusetts General Hospital’s Sports Medicine Center, Brigham and Women’s / Mass General Healthcare Center at Patriot Place and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital – Wellesley working with sports medicine specialists in physiatry, orthopaedics, cardiology, musculoskeletal radiology, physical therapy, athletic training, etc.

Scholarly Activities

The fellowship is structured to give the fellow an extensive range of experience through clinical exposure, research, teaching and administration. The fellow is expected to participate in at least one research project, one peer-reviewed manuscript, one presentation at a national sports medicine meeting (AMSSM, ACSM, etc.) and one grand rounds lecture to faculty.  In addition, the fellow teaches the PM&R residents on a monthly basis and presents at service didactic and research meetings.  The fellow attends and instructs at our annual MGH Point of Care Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course and Harvard Sports Medicine course.

Team and Event Coverage

The fellow provides sideline medical coverage for high school, college and professional teams, including the Boston Red Sox and New England Revolution.  The fellow runs training room clinics for Suffolk University, Curry College and Wellesley College athletics.  Mass participation events include coverage at the Boston Marathon finish line and the Bay State Games as well as other regional events that are year-specific.

Procedural Proficiency

Fellows develop proficiency in spine and peripheral joint fluoroscopic and musculoskeletal ultrasound guided procedures; including exposure to cutting-edge orthobiologic procedures.  There is an emphasis on diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound skills following the AMSSM curriculum guidelines. For a full list of objectives, visit:

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for the Sports Medicine Fellowship is intelligent, hardworking and well respected in his/her residency program. In addition, the fellow must possess clear teaching and leadership skills, and a plan for subspecialty academic, clinical and research interest within Sports Medicine.


Meet the Faculty


Kelly C. McInnis, DO
Program Director
Team Physician, Boston Red Sox
Team Consultant, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, New England Revolution
Head Team Physician, Suffolk University, Curry College

Provides overall leadership of the training program and supervises trainees in clinical care, research, academic and teaching efforts. Coordinates all team and event coverage.

Joanne Borg-Stein, MD
Associate Program Director
Associate Chair, Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine, Harvard Dept of PM&R

Team Physician, Wellesley College

Oversees and supervises the activities of the program and directs training in diagnostic and interventional sports ultrasound and orthobiologic injections. 

Core PM&R Faculty

Ashwin Babu, MD
Associate Program Director, SRH Residency Program

Co-coordinates musculoskeletal ultrasound curriculum

David Binder, MD
Director of interventional spine training
Director of Innovation

Cheri Blauwet, MD
Director, Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute
Chair, International Paralympic Committee
Board of Directors, ADA

Co-directs Brigham and Women’s Hospital sports medicine rotation

Lauren Elson, MD
Director, Dance Medicine Program

Adam Tenforde, MD
Director, Running Medicine Program
Co-directs Brigham and Women’s Hospital sports medicine rotation

Core Orthopaedic Faculty

Eric Berkson, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Medicine shoulder and knee specialist

Scott Martin, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Medicine hip, knee shoulder specialist
Director, MGH Joint Preservation Service
Program Director, MGH Sports Medicine surgical fellowship
Head Team Physician, New England Revolution

Luke Oh, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Medicine elbow, shoulder and knee specialist

George Theodore, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Medicine foot and ankle specialist

Other Key Faculty

Aaron Baggish, MD
Director, MGH Cardiovascular Performance Center
Co-Medical Director, Boston Marathon 

William Palmer, MD
Director, MGH Musculoskeletal Radiology

David Nolan, DPT
Director, MGH / Northeastern Sports Physical Therapy Program


The Sports Medicine Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital participates in the Sports Medicine match. For information on how to apply please visit their website.

For questions, please contact us at SRHPMREDUCATION@PARTNERS.ORG.

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