Fellows in the Orlando Health Bayfront Hospital Sports Medicine Fellowship Program have the opportunity to experience several different practice environments throughout the Tampa Bay area, including: 

  • Independent practice as team physicians for various sports at the University of South Florida, Eckerd College and area high schools
  • Shadowing primary care team physicians for the National Football League (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Major League Baseball (Tampa Bay Rays)
  • Providing medical coverage for a number of sprint triathlon competitions

Orlando Health Bayfront Hospital & Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

With Orlando Health Bayfront Hospital being Pinellas County's only state-designated Level II Trauma Center, offering adult and pediatric care, fellows have the opportunity to provide patient care in several specialty areas, including orthopedic, emergency, neurosurgical, cardiovascular, intensive care and rehabilitation support. Fellows also can provide care at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, the only specialty licensed children’s hospital on Florida's west coast offering pediatric emergency and intensive care services. Fellows’ involvement in patient care in these hospitals includes:

  • Admitting patients or athletes who require higher levels of care
  • Providing consultation for nonoperative orthopedic/sports medicine cases or first-assist services for orthopedic surgeries
  • Continuing to practice primary specialty or choosing elective rotations in various specialties

Bayfront Health Medical Group Sports Medicine 

Located on the fourth floor of the Bayfront Medical Plaza, the Bayfront Health Medical Group Sports Medicine office serves as the primary clinical site for the fellowship program. Treatment is provided for athletes of all levels, from weekend warrior to professional. Available services include injury and fracture management, joint injections (including PRP), musculoskeletal ultrasound, exercise treadmill and cycle ergometry testing (including exertional lower extremity compartment pressure measurement), gas exchange analysis, body composition analysis, nutritional counseling and physical therapy. 

AllSports Clinic (Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital)

Through Orlando Health Bayfront Hospital relationship with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, fellows provide services at the sports medicine clinic, AllSports Clinic. Fellows also undergo training in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in children here. This clinic offers fellows the opportunity to treat a pediatric population involved in various levels of athletic activity with services including X-ray, EKG, blood and urine testing, concussion testing, and a full range of splints and casting supplies available on-site. Further details are available at

University of South Florida Athletics

The University of South Florida (USF) Athletic Program (NCAA Division I - Big East Conference) is the fellowship’s primary team physician responsibility. Fellows have the opportunity to work alongside a team of experienced sports medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers and graduate assistants, and to shadow experienced sports medicine physicians in Division I football as well as men’s and women’s basketball. The USF football team plays its home games at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and on-site radiography and technicians are available on game days. 

Fellows serve as team physician for all sports and independently for nine major sports: men and women’s soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, tennis, track & field, golf and sailing. Opportunities also exist to cover various Big East tournaments that USF hosts. Fellows also staff a training room clinic once a week at the Athletic Training Center, which features the latest in rehabilitation equipment and therapeutic modalities, including a C-arm fluoroscope, an in-house pharmacy stocked with commonly used medications, CLIA-waived laboratory tests, intravenous fluids and suture supplies. The training center also has three HydroWorx® pools and includes an underwater treadmill, three jet currents, video camera and computer control console. To view a photo gallery of the training center, visit the Sports Medicine Department at

Eckerd College Athletics

At Eckerd College (NCAA Division II - Sunshine State Conference), fellows serve in team physician roles for men’s and women’s sports teams, with independent responsibilities in 11 major sports, providing pre-participation physicals and sideline coverage during events. Fellows also staff a training room clinic once a week. Athletes have access to two on-site sports medicine facilities offering therapeutic modalities and take advantage of our sports medicine clinic being near the college. 

Pinellas County High School Athletics

Fellows provide pre-participation physical exams and sideline coverage for various high schools during football season under the direction of our orthopedic surgery faculty and team physician, Dr. George Canizares.

Florida Race Place Triathlon Series

Sports Medicine fellows staff the medical tent for three sprint triathlons (0.25-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 5K run) that take place in the area. Fellows learn how to organize a medical team for mass events and coordinate medical care with community medical resources.

Ovarian Cancer Race

In the fall, fellows serve as medical directors and provide primary medical coverage for the Annual Ovarian Cancer Race. This event allows fellows to gain experience in managing heat-related illnesses as well as acute musculoskeletal overuse and dermatologic conditions of the lower extremities.

Professional Boxing/Mixed Martial Arts

Sports Medicine fellows have the chance to sit ringside and provide medical coverage for boxing and mixed martial arts athletes under the supervision of director and ringside physician, Dr. Carlos Rodriguez.

Tampa Bay Sports Community

The Tampa Bay area’s beaches and agreeable year-round weather bring many talented athletes here from around the country to participate in various sporting events. Community physicians and athletic trainers have invited past fellows to join in providing medical coverage for events including Olympic-caliber triathlons, BMX racing, X-Games and the AVP tour.