Philip Friere Skiba, DO, MS
Fellowship Director, Family Medicine Faculty
Dr. Philip Friere Skiba received his medical degree in June of 2003, and trained in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Georgetown University / National Rehabilitation Hospital, in Washington DC. He then completed residency training in Family Medicine and a fellowship in Sports Medicine, and is board-certified.
Most recently, Dr. Skiba served as the Program Director for Sports and Exercise Medicine at The University of Exeter, in the United Kingdom. There, he also worked in the Jones Laboratory, where his research studies focused on oxygen use and the determinants of athletic performance. His work has been used by athletes in amateur and elite sport on a regular basis, including the 2012 London Olympic Games. Notably, he has also coached a number of world-class athletes, including U.S. Olympian, Half-Ironman World Champion and World Record Holder Joanna Zeiger, and 4-Time World Champion Catriona Morrison of Scotland.
Dr. Skiba's medical 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 room with high school, collegiate and professional athletes. He has also provided coverage at large scale events, including the Baltimore Marathon, the New York City Marathon, and (just to keep things really interesting) WWE Wrestling. In addition to his program directorship, Dr. Skiba functions as section editor for The European Journal of Sports Science, and also reviews for The Journal of Applied Physiology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.
Kara Vormittag, MD
Assistant Program Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship
Dr. Vormittag is a graduate of the Family Medicine Residency at Lutheran General as well as a recent graduate of the Sports Medicine Fellowship.
Eric Hoeper, MD
(Longitudinal Sports Medicine Rotation)
Dr. Hoeper is a Family Physician who completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Keiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. He sees both Sports Medicine and Family Medicine patients at both the Park Ridge Nesset Clinic and Advocate Medical Group in Arlington Heights.
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.