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Division of Sports Medicine

Kaka‘ako Waterfront Campus
651 Ilalo Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: (808) 692-0995


A.W. Nichols, MD (Chair)—sports medicine
M. LaBotz, MD—sports medicine

The Academic Program

The Division of Sports Medicine provides opportunities in the clinical, research, and educational components of sports medicine and exercise science. The evolution of sports medicine into a medical specialty has paralleled a boom in sports participation at all age levels, and scientific findings that regular physical exercise helps to prevent and treat numerous medical conditions. The mission of the Division of Sports Medicine is to develop academic distinction in the multidisciplinary field of sports medicine through excellence in education, research, patient care, and community service.

The division provides sports medicine education for medical students, medical residents, and sports medicine fellows. The UH/JABSOM sports medicine fellowship, a twelve-month program accredited by the ACGME, accepted its first fellow in 2003. Educational opportunities are also available to students in kinesiology, exercise physiology, athletic training, and physical therapy. The division engages in collaborative research among the multidisciplinary fields of sports medicine in such areas as sports injury management and prevention, musculoskeletal basic science, physical therapy and rehabilitation, exercise physiology, wellness and preventive medicine, nutrition, sports psychology, epidemiology, and complementary medicine.

The division offers clinical services including sports medicine, athletic team medical care, orthopaedic surgery, sports physical therapy and rehabilitation, sports psychology, and nutrition. The division also serves as a resource for the dissemination of sports medicine and exercise science-related information for the UH and the state of Hawai‘i.