When athletic powerhouse Serena Williams steps onto the tennis court at the 2015 U.S. Open, Alexis Colvin, MD, will be on hand, ready to provide medical care to Ms. Williams and the rest of the athletes, should any orthopaedic issues arise.
Dr. Colvin, who acts as a United States Tennis Association (USTA) physician during the U.S. Open, is also the chief medical officer for the USTA, team physician for the U.S. Fed Cup team, and an associate professor of sports medicine in the department of orthopaedic surgery at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital. As a sports medicine specialist, Dr. Colvin relishes her work with the USTA, and aims to help tennis players of all levels improve their playing ability while avoiding injuries.
Helping athletes excel
A lifelong sports enthusiast, Dr. Colvin grew up playing tennis and rowed crew in high school.
“Right now, I have three little boys, so I play a lot of sports with them,” she said.
Dr. Colvin was drawn to sports medicine because of her desire to help improve patients’ quality of life.
“I definitely like helping return patients to the things they love doing,” she said.
She devotes a significant amount of her time to treating tennis players of all levels. “As chief medical officer for the USTA, I have multiple responsibilities, which include helping establish the best practices for the organization,” she said. “One major project has been the implementation of an electronic medical record (EMR) system for the USTA Pro Circuit. Implementing an EMR for a sport obviously entails many differences from that of a medical practice, so it’s certainly been a learning experience.
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