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Sports Medicine Faculty Bios

Carrie A. Jaworski, MD, FAAFP, FACSM - Fellowship Director
Dr. Jaworski is the first Director of the Division of Primary Care Sports Medicine within the Department of Family Medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem/University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. In addition, she is the Fellowship of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Family Medicine. She brings with her the experience of previously being the Fellowship Director of Resurrection Medicine's Center's Spots Medicine Fellowship as well as the founder of their Spots Medicine Center, over a decade of Residency Faculty teaching experience and having served as one of the MacNeal's Family Medicine Chief Residents.

Dr. Jaworski most recently served as the Director of Intercollegiate Sports Medicine and Head Team Physician at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where she was actively involved in numerous University and Big Ten committees that exposed her to the varied facets of sports medicine and athlete care. Dr. Jaworski has also been a Team Physician at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake and the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Dr. Jaworski is also a leader within the American College of Sports Medicine where she was recently elected as Vice President. She actively participates on numerous committees, promotes the "Exercise is Medicine" campaign and is currently a section author for their journal, Current Sports Medicine Reports.

Dr. Jaworski currently divides her time between medical education, program development and a clinical sports medicine practice. She volunteers as the one of the Team Physicians for New Trier and Loyola Academy high schools and annually as one of the lead medical officers for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon where she also serves as one of their research coordinators. She is a frequently invited speaker and author at the local and national level.

Dr. Jaworski is a graduate of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood , IL; MacNeal Family Practice Residency, Berwyn, IL; and Kaiser Permanente- Fontana Sports Medicine Fellowship, Fontana, CA . Her clinical and research interests include concussions, the pediatric and female athlete population, nutrition/supplements, endurance medicine, dance medicine and the promotion of "Exercise is Medicine".

Holly Benjamin, MD, FAAP, FACSM - Assistant Fellowship Director
Dr. Benjamin is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery; Section of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Chicago. She attended Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in the combined BS/MD program and received her medical degree in 1994. She completed her residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Chicago and subsequently finished a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Lutheran General Hospital; Park Ridge, IL.

Dr. Benjamin currently serves as Chair for the Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness for the ICAAP and recently served on the executive committee for the national AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Dr. Benjamin also served on the Board of Directors for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). She is the second female pediatrician in the country ever to be elected a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and currently serves on the Board of Trustees. She serves as a team physician for a local high school and college and is a consultant to many gymnastics, dance, soccer, track, swim clubs, and baseball teams. In 2008, Dr. Benjamin served as a volunteer team physician at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Benjamin has dedicated a significant amount of time to education and research. She has published many articles and has presented at the local, regional and national levels on a wide variety of sports medicine topics and serves as a reviewer for AMSSM, AAP and the AJSM. Dr. Benjamin's research and clinical interests include pediatric sports safety, injury prevention and injury rehabilitation issues, the female athlete, head injury and return to play issues, growth plate injuries, Ca-MRSA, proprioceptive deficits in ankle sprains and the biomechanics of gait. She promotes the ongoing education of physicians and allied health professionals in the field of primary care sports medicine and is the founder and chair of Current Concepts in Primary Care Sports Medicine CME course in Chicago.

Adam W. Bennett, MD - Core Faculty
Dr. Adam Bennett is a Board Certified Family Practitioner, sub-specializing in Primary Care Sports Medicine. His areas of special interest are sports medicine, non-surgical musculoskeletal care, overuse injuries, and injury prevention. He is on staff at NorthShore University HealthSystem, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and St. Joseph Hospital. In addition to his responsibilities with NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute, Dr. Bennett is a College Mentor and Assistant Professor at Northwestern Medical School and he is a co-author of two medical textbooks, Blueprints in Family Medicine and Family Practice Q & A. In addition, he serves as a team physician for U.S. Soccer's Men's and Women's National Teams and the Chicago Bears. Previously, he has served as a team physician for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Dr. Bennett earned his medical degree from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and completed fellowships in Primary Care Sports Medicine and Academic Family Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He completed his Residency at the Northwestern-affiliated program at St. Joseph Hospital, where he served as Chief Resident. His awards as Chief Resident include: the Mead Johnson Award for Graduate Education, which is given to the 20 most outstanding Family Medicine residents in the country, and the Resident Teacher Award.

Cherise L. Russo, DO - Core Faculty
Dr. Cherise Russo is a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician at NOI, NorthShore University HealthSystem. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has a CAQ in Primary Care Sports Medicine. She received her medical degree from Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Family Medicine Residency at Resurrection Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident. She conducted her Sports Medicine Fellowship training in California and graduated from Harbor-UCLA. Dr. Russo returned to Chicago in 2007 to become director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship and part of the faculty at the Resurrection Family Medicine Residency. During that time, she also served as the medical director for the athletic training program at North Park University.

After two years as a fellowship director, Dr. Russo joined NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute, where she continues to be involved with education and teaching. Since 2007, she has volunteered as one of the lead physicians for the Chicago Marathon. She also served as medical director for the Journal of Men's Health Chicago Urbanathlon in 2007 and 2008. She has volunteered as a medical tent physician for the World Championship Ironman in Kona in 2004 and 2005. Dr. Russo has also volunteered her time as the head team physician for Loyola Academy High School since 2007. She is currently one of the team physicians for the Chicago Bears and has volunteered as a team physician for the U.S. Women's Soccer team. Dr. Russo specializes in the care of the whole athlete and has a special focus on women's sports medicine and osteopathic treatments.

Brad, Dunlap, MD - Faculty
Dr. Dunlap, a native of Michigan, pursued his undergraduate education at Yale University. He graduated cum laude with honors in biology while playing four years of varsity ice hockey. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Dr. Dunlap then attended Northwestern University for his orthopaedic surgery residency where his training included fracture care as well as general orthopaedic surgery. He served as Chief Orthopaedic Resident during his final year of training. Dr. Dunlap obtained a year of specialized training as a sports medicine fellow at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. In California, Dr. Dunlap obtained additional training in the evaluation and management of sports injuries, and learned specialized surgical techniques in the treatment of ankle, knee, and shoulder problems. Dr. Dunlap is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery. He has co-authored book chapters, presented research at national meetings, and served as an associate master instructor at Arthroscopy Association of North America Learning Courses. He serves as a team physician with USA Hockey. Additionally, Dr. Dunlap is a clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Key Faculty:

Orthopedic Sports Medicine:
Patrick Birmingham
Mark Bowen
Jason Koh
Steve Levin
Gordon Nuber
Sherwin Ho (U of Chicago)
Bruce Reider (U of Chicago)

Sports Medicine-Physiatry:
Joseph Alleva
Thomas Hudgins
Dan Hurley

Mary Wisniewski - University of Chicago
Dale Grooms - New Trier High School
Daniela Tomaska - Loyola Academy
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