Even before they began, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia were fraught with problems. Troubling issues ranged from protests against Russian President Vladimir Putin and terrorist threats to stray dogs roaming Olympic venues and news reporters’ tales of unfinished hotel accommodations. Sadly, the disturbing media coverage dedicated to these issues detracts from what the Olympics should represent: feats of incredible human achievement and international pride.
Dr. Gary Dorshimer, shown here in Sochi, Russia.
As the world watches events unfold in Sochi, there are legions of people working behind the scenes to ensure the safety and success of the games and the health of the athletes and visitors. One such person is, Gary W. Dorshimer, MD, FACP, FCPP, chief of the Section of General Internal Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital, head team physician for the Philadelphia Flyers, team internist for the Philadelphia Eagles, consulting physician for the Adirondack Phantoms, and associate program director for the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Photo taken by Dr. Gary Dorshimer in Sochi, of the Canadian and Finland ice hockey teams shaking hands at the end of the game.
Dr. Dorshimer travelled to Sochi where he served as an internal medicine consultant for the NHL. An Olympic veteran in his own right, Dr. Dorshimer served in the same role at the 2010 Vancouver, 2002 Salt Lake City, and 1998 Nagano winter Olympics. Board certified in Internal Medicine with an additional certification in Sports Medicine through the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Dorshimer’s career was impacted by sports from its beginning.
Q. While a general internist/primary care physician, you clearly take a special interest in sports medicine. How did it all begin?