Advancing health through science, education and medicine

2018 ACSM Election

President-elect Candidate:

Mark R. Hutchinson, M.D., FACSM
UIC Distinguished Faculty
Professor, Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Ortho & Sports Med. in Fam. Med.
Head Team Physician
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL  

Please list your previous service to ACSM. 

Twenty-five years ago, my mentor, Mary Lloyd Ireland, introduced me to ACSM as a remarkably diverse organization that brought together all aspects of sports and exercise science into one collegial, interactive organization that shared knowledge for the benefit of athletes and the general population.  ACSM remains a wealth of opportunity for young eager professionals. For me, ACSM has opened a great number of opportunities to serve ranging from a variety of committee service: Pediatric SHI, Ethics, Program, Awards & Tributes, as well as Medical Education where I currently serve as Chair. From an ACSM leadership perspective, I have served on the Board of Trustees (2002-2005), as Vice-President (2013-2015), and currently as Treasurer of the ACSM Foundation. My key leadership philosophies are to surround oneself with excellence and to create win-win solutions to problems.

In addition, I have proudly served ACSM via active participation at our Annual Meetings over the past two decades where I not only have served on the Program Committee but have also moderated or presented 90 cases, papers, workshops, or symposia. From an academic perspective, I have served as reviewer, associate editor, associate editor-in-chief (clinical) for our flagship journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® where I continue to serve on the editorial board. Finally, I have been honored to serve as faculty and course director to each level of our Team Physician Course series; International, Basic (parts 1 & 2), and Advanced including serving as the current course director of Advanced TPC offering in Washington DC where ACSM is the lead organization (over 150 presentations).

2.  What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger? 

ACSM is a truly remarkable organization whose greatest strength is the dedication of its membership and leadership to optimizing the impact of sports and exercise science on the overall health of not only athletes, but also the global population. We are academically diverse, ranging from basic and applied scientists to various levels of clinical providers.  This academic diversity makes ACSM a fertile ground to cross-pollinate ideas between scientists in different fields, between clinicians in various specialties, and from scientist to clinician and back again. I have experienced this benefit in coauthoring papers with colleagues on issues ranging from the Female Athlete Triad, the health of horse racing jockeys, to clinical issues of leg pain and tendinopathy. I believe we can further advance this strength with focused investment on translational science and an expansion and growth of the College into broad areas of health care practice including more influential roles and collaborations with physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, alternative health care providers, performance medicine and functional medicine. 

During the past quarter century, sports medicine and exercise science has seen the birth of various sub-specialty organizations that have introduced new opportunities for education for our membership.  Each organization has its own valuable skill set but does not have the interactive potential that the College provides across all fields of sports and exercise science. We need to continue to improve our partnership with these organizations and serve as the true “college” of sports medicine where all disciplines come together to share their skill sets, knowledge, and expertise.  An important pathway to achieve this success will be for ACSM to create/improve its electronic, web-based platform so that it can provide global, interactive, and immediate access to information for its members.

3. What is a second area of ACSM that you would like for the College to make additional progress, and how could that best be done? 

While taking advantage of ACSM’s internal strength of academic diversity, we must continue to expand the global impact of ACSM.  The College
has attained a premiere level of stature in the national and international community as a KEY “go-to” source for leadership and information on sports and exercise science for both athlete and population health. Partnerships with international governmental agencies and national organizations are essential to advancing our mission.  In those groups and organizations, ACSM remains a leadership resource of quality data, research, and information that can guide decision-making.  We must improve access to our fund of knowledge and expand availability lf key ACSM thought leaders to assist these organizations to accomplish our shared mission. Much credit goes to ACSM CEO/Executive Vice President James Whitehead for having the vision and doing an amazing job of leading ACSM down these important pathways; we now need to institutionalize the steps Jim has made and doors he has opened to assure that the organization continues along the path.  At the international level, the global community has identified ACSM as THE leader in sport and exercise science. Using our past successes in Exercise is Medicine®, International Team Physician Courses, Consensus Statements, and prior international partnerships, ACSM should continue to assume the mantle of leadership for future partnerships, interactive education, open access of information via an ACSM web-portal, and shared missions that will benefit all athletes and members of the global community. 

4.  What would be your first strategic priority as President of ACSM?

Looking towards the future, I see two key targets that ACSM needs to address in the near term to set the starting block for our next sprint forward.  First, a successful capital campaign with overwhelming membership support will allow the creation of 21st century infrastructure that assures success of each of our missions.  An important pathway to achieve this success will be for ACSM to create/improve its electronic, web-based platform so that it can provide global, interactive, and immediate access to share our foundational knowledge and educational expertise as well as serve as a platform for collaborative research.  Second, ACSM needs to assure our academic diversity into the future by investing in a renewal/regrowth of the clinical pedestal of our three-legged stool (Basic Science, Applied Science, Clinical Science). While we have seen a downward drift of active clinicians in ACSM, the college is uniquely positioned to be able to provide pathways so that clinicians can partner with our basic and applied scientist colleagues to create translational science.  Taking advantage of our diversity, ACSM can improve our partnership with other clinical organizations and serve as the true “college” of sports medicine where all disciplines can come together to share their skill sets, knowledge, and expertise.

5.  ACSM works closely with many other organizations, including associations, companies, philanthropies, and governmental agencies. Indicate those organizations/companies/agencies for which you play an advisory, consulting, or leadership role.

ACSM opportunities and experiences have touched numerous aspects of my career including being a better educator, scientist, leader, team physician, health care provider, and surgeon.  Fundamentally, I am an orthopaedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine.  I have served as head team physician at the University of Illinois at Chicago for nearly 25 years.  I have provided volunteer coverage to the Chicago Marathon, was team physician for the WNBA Chicago Sky, traveled with USA Basketball, USA Soccer, USA Gymnastics, USA Field Hockey, and served as one of Team USA’s doctors to two World University Games, the Pan Am Games, the Paralympic Games, and the Olympic Games.  Academically, I am a tenured full-professor of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine where I work with one of the largest medical schools in the country (over 300 students/year), provide education to 35 orthopaedic residents (7/year of training), and assist in the clinical and research experience of four primary care and one orthopaedic sports fellow.  I have edited two books and authored 31 book chapters, 83 peer reviewed articles, and more than 250 book reviews. I have presented nationally and internationally on various topics related to sports medicine.  I have served on various committees and leadership levels at my university and in national organizations including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA).  I developed and continue to serve as course director for the AANA Fundamentals in Arthroscopy Courses. I have served on the Board and as President of the Orthopaedic Learning Center (a national organization run as a partnership of AAOS, AOSSM, and AANA.)  I founded and have served as President and CEO of the Chicago Sports Medicine Society. I have been an active, founding member and treasurer of the Female Athlete Triad Coalition (established 2002).  With Dr. Karim Khan, I developed an educational physical exam series available via BJSM Videos on YouTube that has over 6 million hits world-wide.  Many of these opportunities or advancements were made possible due to groundwork laid or doorways opened via my experiences with ACSM.




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