Originally Released: December, 1997
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The University of Maryland Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has selected the University of Maryland Medical Center's sports medicine program to provide medical services to all Terrapin teams.
Orthopaedic surgeon Leigh Ann Curl, M.D., will serve as head physician, one of the few women in the country to hold such a position. Dr. Curl was a First-Team Academic All-American as a basketball player for the University of Connecticut. Tom Terrell, M.D., who was a forward on Jacksonville University's 1986 NCAA basketball tournament team, will provide primary care to the student athletes.
The doctors are part of the growing University Sports Medicine program of University of Maryland Medical Center, which also provides medical care for the Baltimore Ravens and athletes at UMBC, Coppin State and 14 high schools.
"We are proud that the Terrapins have chosen us to provide the same expert medical and surgical care that we provide to all athletes, from the Ravens to the weekend warriors' with tennis elbow or tendinitis," said Morton I. Rapoport, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical System.
"I'm impressed with the stature of the University of Maryland Sports Medicine program and with the caliber of the physicians who now will attend to the health of our student athletes," said William E. Kirwan, Ph.D., president of the University of Maryland, College Park.
Donald E. Wilson, M.D., M.A.C.P., dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, noted that sports medicine is a rapidly growing specialty as more and more people try to stay fit. "Clearly, Drs. Curl and Terrell have the experience, sensitivities and personal commitment to provide quality care for athletes at all levels."
"College Park looked at all the leading sports medicine programs in the Baltimore-Washington area and felt that we offered the best expertise," said Claude T. Moorman III, M.D. head of University Sports Medicine. "Recruiting Drs. Curl and Terrell has brought us much closer to our goal of leading the market in sports medicine."
Dr. Curl was most recently assistant director of sports medicine and team physician at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, she was a team physician for St. John's University and the New York Mets. Dr. Curl received her medical degree in 1989 from Johns Hopkins, where she served her internship and residency. She was a fellow in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at The Hospital for Special Surgery at Cornell University Medical Center in New York City.
"When we recruit student athletes to play for Maryland, we owe them the best education, the best coaching and the best comprehensive health care," said Athletic Director Deborah Yow. "Drs. Curl and Terrell are excellent physicians who understand collegiate athletics. It's especially gratifying for us to partner with our medical center in the same fashion as other ACC institutions do with their medical schools, like North Carolina, Virginia, Duke and Wake Forest."
Dr. Terrell, who was in private practice in Atlanta before coming to Maryland, received his M.D. from Emory Medical School in Atlanta and a master of philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge in England. He was a fellow at Michigan State University in primary care sports medicine and a medical officer for the 1996 Olympics.
Both physicians are members of the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty, Dr. Curl as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and Dr. Terrell as a clinical assistant professor of family medicine.
Dr. Curl, a 1985 graduate of UConn, was Big East female scholar athlete of the year twice in a row. Dr. Terrell was an Academic All-America selection (honorable mention) and male scholar athlete of 1986 at Jacksonville.
University Sports Medicine is based at Kernan Hospital, 2200 N. Forest Park Ave., and at the Kernan Physical Therapy Office, 3104 Timanus Lane. Both locations are part of the University of Maryland Medical Center. To schedule appointments, call 410-448-6492.
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