Sports medicine and internal medicine physicians from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and Rush University Medical Center have been selected to serve as team physicians for the Chicago White Sox.
"We began a search to find the best possible medical team to serve our organization and baseball team starting with spring training for the 2004 season," said Herm Schneider, head trainer for the Chicago White Sox. "My research indicated that the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush program had the doctors who I felt were the most experienced in the field at evaluating, diagnosing and treating baseball-specific injuries. I wanted our players, staff and front office personnel to have the best medical expertise available."
"In addition, I wanted the team to have access to a full-service academic medical center like Rush, just minutes away from U.S. Cellular Field, that offers our players a broad array of medical experts and specialty diagnostics if needed," he said.
Dr. Charles A. Bush-Joseph, a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon, will serve as the lead team physician. Colleagues Dr. Bernard R. Bach, Jr., Dr. Gregory P. Nicholson, Dr. Kathleen M. Weber, Dr. Brian J. Cole and Dr. Anthony A. Romeo serve as the other primary team physicians. All are on the faculty of Rush Medical College.
Bush-Joseph, Bach, Nicholson, Cole and Romeo are orthopedic surgeons who specialize in sports medicine; Weber is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine. As orthopedic specialists, Bush-Joseph, Bach, Cole, Nicholson and Romeo treat everything from broken bones to torn anterior cruciate ligaments and rotator cuffs.
"We're there to work with Herm Schneider to make sure the White Sox players are in optimal condition, and that if an injury does occur, we can provide an accurate, rapid diagnosis and initial care to minimize time off the field," said Bush-Joseph.
An orthopaedics specialist and an internal medicine specialist will attend each of the 81 White Sox home games and will attend spring training with the team in Tucson, Arizona, beginning Feb. 20, 2004. The team physicians also will provide care for visiting team players, coaches and umpires.
Weber is the team's primary internal medicine physician and one of Major League Baseball's few female team physicians. With her combined training in sports medicine, internal medicine and exercise physiology, she is uniquely qualified to address both orthopedic injuries and the medical aspects of sports medicine, such as heat illness, head injuries, allergies, viral infections, high blood pressure and diabetes.