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Prof. Thomas M. Best

 Dr. Best is the Pomerene Chair in Family Medicine and Chief of the Division of Sportsmedicine at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. As well, he is Co-Director of the Institute of SportsMedicine where he serves as director of research and associate clinical director of the Institute. He is a team physician for The Ohio State University athletic department. Dr. Best maintains affiliate appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Kinesiology at The Ohio State University.

 Dr. Best earned his MD degree at the University of Western Ontario (1988) and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at uke University (1993). Named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine in 1997, he has received research awards in Orthopaedics, Sportsmedicine, and automotive safety engineering as well as several fellowships and teaching honours.

 Dr. Best has mentored many graduate, doctoral and postdoctoral trainees. He is author of 62 peer-reviewed publications, one book and 18 book chapters and 83 published abstracts. He has given 82 scientific presentations as well as workshops at national and international meetings and is an editorial reviewer for many journals, including the American Journal of Pathology, the Journals of Family Practice, Biomechanical Engineering, Rheumatology, Orthopaedic Research, JAMA and Cell and Tissue Research. He has been a visiting professor in China, Japan, Britain, Australia, Norway, and Canada.

The Whitaker Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and The Aircast Foundation have funded Dr. Best’s research that has largely focused on the pathophysiology and treatment of muscle strain injuries. He has served on grant review panels for the National Science Foundation and the American College of Sports Medicine.

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