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2018 ACSM Election

Trustee Candidate: Medicine



Scott A. Magnes, M.D., ATC, FACSM
Orthopaedic Surgery/Sports Medicine
U.S. Navy
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Fort Belvoir
Community Hospital
Fort Beloir, VA


1.  Please list your previous service to ACSM.

I have been an ACSM member for 30 years and a fellow for 28 years. I received my introduction to ACSM when I spent the summer following my junior year in high school performing research with Drs. Gisolfi and Tipton, both past presidents of ACSM. I received an NSF grant the following summer to continue my work there.  After undergraduate and medical school, I completed a family medicine residency and primary care sports medicine fellowship. I then practiced for a few years before completing an orthopaedic surgery residency and an orthopaedic surgery sports medicine fellowship. I also am a certified athletic trainer (ATC). I have been a team physician for high school, college, and minor league teams for numerous different sports. I have also served as a physician at the U.S. Olympic Training Center as well as for the national governing bodies of USA Wrestling, USA Volleyball, US Soccer, and USA Judo, including multiple World Championships and Olympic Trials. I have also been a physician for numerous All-Military teams at national and world championship events, including the Military Olympic (CISM) Games, as well as for numerous Division I NCAA Championships. I have published scientific articles and book chapters related to exercise science, primary care sports medicine, and orthopaedic surgery sports medicine. I have made more than 100 podium presentations at national and international meetings. I have served as a scientific article/ book reviewer for numerous orthopaedic, sports medicine, family medicine and athletic training journals. I have attended every ACSM National Meeting since 1988 excepting one, due to my first deployment to the Middle East, and I have made at least one presentation at every annual meeting since 1990. I attended the Team Physician Course and have also served as faculty twice. I have served on the Executive Committee of a regional chapter of ACSM, as well as national committees, including the Medical Education Committee (3 terms), Olympic and Paralympic Committee (2 terms), Pronouncements Committee (2 terms), Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee, Web Site Task Force Committee, and Committee on Women, Sport, and Physical Activity.

I believe that my unique and varied training and experience, along with my dedicated long-term service to ACSM and the sports medicine community, would be an asset to the ACSM Board of Trustees. It would be an honor and a pleasure to serve on the Board.

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

I believe ACSM’s greatest strengths lie within its diversity--our large and heterogeneous membership throughout the world, both in sports medicine and exercise science. Our organization has the greatest breadth and depth of expertise of any sports medicine organization in the world. I believe that integration of these areas is how we can best serve the scientific community as well as the lay public.

 3.  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.

I have achieved board certification and fellowship status in both the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). I am a current member of the AAOS, ACSM, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA). I have served on the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) faculty as an Associate Master Instructor for sports medicine knee and shoulder cadaver courses on nine occasions. Because of my unique training and experience, including having practiced family medicine, primary care sports medicine, and now orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic surgery sports medicine, I believe that I am in a unique position to understand and empathize with the needs of each of these groups and facilitate relationships with other national and international organizations.

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