Mark Schickendantz MD Named Director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Sports Health

May 23, 2011

Cleveland Clinic announced that orthopaedic surgeon Mark Schickendantz, MD, has been named Director of the Center for Sports Health.

Dr. Schickendantz has been a team physician for the Cleveland Indians since 1992, serving as Head Team Physician since 2003. He is also Head Team Physician for the Cleveland Browns, serving in that role since 2010. He is currently President of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Team Physicians Association and a member of the MLB Medical Advisory Committee.

The Center for Sports Health at Cleveland Clinic provides amateur and professional athletes comprehensive services, including primary care sports medicine, surgery, rehabilitation, injury prevention and management, athletic training and sports nutrition. It is part of the department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, which has locations at the main campus, a stand-alone, 50,000-square-foot facility in Garfield Heights, and the Sports Health and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Center at the Mandel Jewish Community Center in Beachwood, in addition to eight regional locations.

“We are looking forward to Dr. Schickendantz' leadership of the Center for Sports Health where he will bring his significant experience managing the care of athletes at all levels of competition and his commitment to research and education in sports medicine,” said Richard Parker, MD, chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

In addition, Dr. Schickendantz is Associate Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University and Fellowship Program Director at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. He has been named among America’s Best Doctors annually since 2009.

“It is truly a privilege to work with a dedicated group of nationally-recognized health care professionals who exhibit a commitment to the highest quality patient care, research and scholarly education. I am eager to continue growing our support of athletes who compete internationally as well as those who train in Northeast Ohio,” said Dr. Schickendantz.

Cleveland Clinic staff members serve as Head Team Physician for Cleveland’s professional baseball, basketball and football franchises, in addition to 34 colleges and high schools.

Dr. Schickendantz is an active member of numerous professional societies and organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the NFL Team Physicians Society. He is a graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine and he completed a fellowship in sports medicine at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo.

More information about Cleveland Clinic Center for Sports Health is available online at

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