Vanderbilt Sports Medicine Fellowship

 Program Highlights


  • Founded in 1993; Fully Accredited
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital
  • Accept applications from:
    • Pediatric, Internal Medicine, Med/Peds, PM&R, and Emergency Medicine
    • Both MD and DO residencies
    • Past fellows from all primary specialties
      • Except PM&R with first applicant in 2015

Sports Coverage

  •  All levels of sport
    • High School Football
    • NCAA Athletics
      • Vanderbilt University athletics (Div. 1 – SEC)
      • NCAA Events in Nashville – SEC Championships, NCAA Basketball & Baseball
    • Nashville Sounds, AAA Baseball
    • Nashville Predators, NHL Hockey
    • Nashville SC, USL Soccer
    • Mass Sporting Events
      • SEC Cross Country races
      • Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Youth Triathlon
      • Music City Half Marathon & Country Music Marathon (optional)
      • TSSAA State Wrestling Championships
      • Iroquois Steeplechase Horserace (medical team for jockeys)
      • Adaptive Sports events in sled hockey, basketball, and rugby



  • 100% Sports Medicine CAQ pass rate
  • Full integration of surgical and non-surgical faculty and fellows for lectures and clinics
    • Additional lectures specific to Primary Care Sports Medicine and Pediatric Orthopedics
  • 50% of clinical time with Orthopedic Surgery faculty
    • 7 primary surgeons – Sports, Pediatrics, Hip, Hand, Foot & Ankle
  • 50% of clinical time with with Primary Care Sports Medicine faculty from all primary specialties
    • Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Emergency Medicine, & PM&R
    • 9 PCSM faculty; both MD and DO
  • 30% of clinical time in dedicated Pediatric Sports Medicine clinics
  • 2 Fellowship Tracks
    • Emergency Medicine Track - 1 position/year - 1 year commitment
    • Non-Emergency Medicine Track - 1 position/year
      • PM&R - 1 year commitment (2nd year option available)
      • Pediatric, Internal Medicine, Med/Peds - 2 year commitment
        • 1st year
          • Rotations with Sports & Peds Ortho Surgery and Primary Care faculty
          • 1/2 day a week in Primary Care Specialty
          • Research
          • Team Coverage
        • 2nd year
          • Faculty position as a Clinical Instructor
            • Two clinic days/week as a Sports Medicine Attending at Vanderbilt Student Health & Vanderbilt Orthopedic Institute
          • 2 Full days/week for elective rotations with Hand, Foot & Ankle, and Hip Surgeons & PM&R faculty
          • 1-2 half days/week in Pediatric Sports Medicine
          • Research
          • Team Coverage



Research and Educational Programs

  • Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center 
  • Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports at Vanderbilt
  • Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health & Wellness (Exercise Phys. & Rehab)
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound curriculum
  • Cardiac Screening with Electrocardiogram and EKG interpretation in athletes
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology and Clinical Correlation Conference
  • Evidence Based Medicine Research & Educational curriculum & Journal Club
  • Value-Based Care approach with integration into education curriculum
  • National and Regional Sports Medicine conference participation
    • AMSSM Annual Meeting
    • Vanderbilt Sideline Medicine Course
    • Southeast ACSM-Clinical Track


Clinical Autonomy

  • Fellow run Athletic Training Room clinics at Vanderbilt University


Nashville, TN


  • Safe, Affordable, Friendly, Wide variety of activities: Great music, arts, sports, food, school


 Program Director
  David G Liddle, MD, FACP
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Program Coordinator
  Karen Shelton F This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.