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meet the current sports medicine fellows

Philip Friere Skiba, DO, MS, CAQ
Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Skiba is a world-renowned expert in elite athletic performance. Board-certified in primary care sports medicine, Dr. Skiba previously served as the Program Director for Sports and Exercise Medicine at The University of Exeter, in the United Kingdom. His practice focuses on the non-surgical management of sports injuries, as well as athlete training, health, rehabilitation and wellness. He works clinically, on the sidelines, and in the training rooms with high school, collegiate and professional athletes. Dr. Skiba has an extensive research program which focuses on oxygen use and the determinants of athletic performance. His work has been used by athletes in amateur and elite sports on a regular basis, including the 2012 Olympic Games. Notably, Dr. Skiba has also coached a number of national champion, world-class and World Champion triathletes. He serves as the Associate Editor for Medicine for the the European Journal of Sports Science, and is a reviewer for The Journal of Applied Physiology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, The International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, and the European Journal of Sports Science.

Selected Scholarly Publications and Lectures:

  • Noordhof D, Skiba PF and Jos J. de Koning. Determining Anaerobic Capacity in Sporting Activities. Int J Sports Phys Perf. 8:475-482. September 2013.
  • Chidnok W, Fulford J, Bailey SJ, Dimenna FJ, Skiba PF, Vanhatalo A, Jones AM. Muscle metabolic determinants of exercise tolerance following exhaustion: relationship to the "critical power". J Appl Physiol.115(2):243-50. July 2013
  • Clarke DC, Skiba PF. Rationale and resources for teaching the mathematical modeling of athletic training and performance. Adv Physiol Educ. 37(2):134-52. June 2013.
  • Wylie LJ, Kelly J, Bailey SJ, Blackwell JR, Skiba PF, Winyard PG, Jeukendrup AE, Vanhatalo A, Jones AM. Beetroot juice and exercise: pharmacodynamic and dose-response relationships. J Appl Physiol. May 2, 2013. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Jones, Andrew M, Anni Vanhatalo, David Poole and Philip Friere Skiba. Critical Power: Cardiovascular and Muscle Metabolic Determinants of Oxygen Uptake. Symposium. ACSM Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN. May 30, 2013.
  • Skiba, Philip Friere. Performance Engineering: A Legal Approach for the Elite Athlete. MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Presented by CNN. Boston, MA. March 1, 2013.
  • Clarke, David and Philip Friere Skiba. Athletic Performance Engineering. IAP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. January 19-20, 2013.
  • Skiba PF, Chidnok W, Vanhatalo A, Jones AM. Modeling the expenditure and reconstitution of work capacity above critical power. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012 Aug;44(8):1526-32.
  • Skiba, Philip Friere. Unusual hamstring and pelvic pain in an adolescent soccer player. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 44(5). Supplement. May 2012.
  • Skiba, Philip Friere. The Fatigued Athlete: An Overview From Math To Medicine. Keynote lecture, AOASM Annual Conference. April 2012.
  • Skiba, Philip Friere and Andrew M. Jones. Commentary on: VIEWPOINT: Michael J. Joyner, Jonatan R. Ruiz, and Alejandro Lucia. The Two-Hour Marathon: Who and When?. J Appl Physiol, January 2011.

Kara Vormittag, MD, CAQ
Assistant Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Kara Vormittag is board certified in primary care sports medicine, and trained in both family medicine and sports medicine at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Vormittag has a very clinical focus, working as the medical director for several large distance running events in Chicago, including the Soldier Field 10 mile run. Dr. Vormittag has a special interest in concussion, and is currently working with Dr. Skiba and the Advocate Children's Hospital to found the Concussion Center, to facilitate a unified, evidence-based approach to the care of athletes with concussion / mild traumatic brain injury in the Chicagoland area. Dr. Vormittag is a reviewer for the European Journal of Sports Science.

Selected Scholarly Publications and Lectures:

  • Vormittag K, Caljone R, Briner WW. Foot and ankle injuries in the barefoot sports. Curr Sports Med Rep. 8(5): 262-266. 2009.
  • Weilgus SJ, Briner WW, and Kara Vormittag. Hip Pain - Recreational Athlete. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 34(5):171. May 2011.
  • Weilgus SJ, Briner WW, and Kara Vormittag. Left thigh pain in a long distance runner. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 42(5):203-204. May 2010.
  • Vormittag K, Frank E and William W. Briner. The impact of resident wellness programs. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 41(5):170. May 2009.
  • Seelhoefer G, Vormittag K and William W. Briner. Infectious disease in a cross country runner. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 41(5):22-23. May 2009.

Holly Benjamin, MD, FACSM, CAQ
(Longitudinal Sports Medicine Rotation)

Dr. Benjamin is a Pediatrician who sees musculoskeletal patients and varsity athletes at the University of Chicago.  She has multiple publications and national presentations on sports medicine topics.  Her yearly conference has become one of the outstanding primary care Sports Medicine meetings in the nation.

Mark Hutchinson, MD, FACSM
(Longitudinal, Orthopedic Rotation)

Dr.  Hutchinson is the chief orthopedic team physician for the UIC Flames.  He is also head physician for the U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. Dr. Hutchinson has given many national and international presentations as well as published several articles on multiple orthopedic Sports Medicine topics.

James Bresch, MD
(1 month Orthopedic Rotation)

Dr. Bresch graduated from the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship in southern California.  He serves as team physician for the Chicago Wolves - (minor league professional hockey team.)

Michael Fragen, MD, FACSM, CAQ
Sports Medicine (Longitudinal, Sports Medicine Clinic)
Dr. Fragen is a Board-certified internist with a practice devoted almost exclusively to sports medicine.  The fellow spends Friday mornings doing stress tests and exercise prescription with Dr. Fragen.  Dr. Fragen is a graduate of Lutheran General's Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Sydney Brandwein, MD
(1 month Rheumatology Rotation)

Dr. Brandwein specializes in Rheumatology and has special clinical interests in autoimmune disease, pharmacology and rheumatoid arthritis. He works with our fellows at our Nesset clinic. 

Joseph Barr, PhD
(1 month Sports Psychology)

Dr. Barr has a long-standing interest in the psychology of sports and has worked with several Olympic speed skaters.

Mike Gilmartin, ATC
(Longitudinal, Training Room)

Mike is the head trainer at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He has been a Division 1 trainer for more than 15 years and is an outstanding educational resource for our fellowship.
Other faculty include staff physicians from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, physical therapists, a nutritionist, certified athletic trainers, and podiatrists.

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