Trustee Candidate: Medicine Jeff Anderson, M.D., FACSM
Director of Sports Medicine
Acting Director of Medical Services
Head Team Physician
UConn Division of Athletics
University of Connecticut
Student Health Services
Storrs, CT 1. Please list your previous service to ACSM.
As a sports medicine physician, I have participated with ACSM since I was a sports medicine fellow in 1994, when I attended my first Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. I have attended every Annual Meeting since that time, and I have participated as a speaker, panelist, or panel chair on several occasions. My primary involvement with ACSM, however, has been at the chapter level. From 2008-2011, I served as a member-at-large for the chapter. Last year, I served as President-elect, and I am currently the President until November of 2013. 2. What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger?
ACSM’s greatest strength is its interdisciplinary nature. Under the umbrella of one organization, ACSM brings together basic scientists in multiple sports science fields and clinicians who directly treat patients either as physical therapists, athletic trainers, or physicians. As a clinician, it is this connection with the basic sciences that helps inform my clinical decision-making and the management of my patients. I bring to this role a primary perspective as a caregiver, but I also have had the opportunity to work regularly and side-by-side with some of our finest exercise scientists in the University of Connecticut Human Performance Laboratory. My experience and collaboration with Drs. Armstrong, Casa, Kraemer, Maresh, Pescatello, and Volek have made me a dramatically better physician in caring for the student-athletes at UConn. As an ACSM trustee, I would hope to continue to foster this interdisciplinary spirit and work with my physician colleagues to continue to contribute to the unique environment that ACSM has created.
3. ACSM works closely with many other organizations, including associations, companies, philanthropies, and governmental agencies. Indicate those organizations/companies/agencies for which you play an advisory, consulting, or leadership role.
During my career, I have held leadership roles with other societies or sporting organizations. I have been a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine for my entire career, and I served as the Annual Meeting Planning Committee Chair for them in 2005. I have also had the opportunity to represent AMSSM on an interdisciplinary task force and served as the liaison between AMSSM and the NCAA while on the AMSSM International and Inter-Association Subcommittee. I have also held a leadership role in the NCAA, having just completed a four-year term as a member of the NCAA’s Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport. For the first two years of this term, I was on the Drug Education and Drug Testing Subcommittee, and for the final two years, I was the Chair of the entire committee. During this span of time, I was also able to participate on the search committee for the NCAA’s first Chief Medical Officer. Finally, for the past year and a half, I have worked for Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association as the Independent Program Administrator for the MLB/MLBPA Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.