Michael Stuart (physician)

Michael J. Stuart is an American sports physician and orthopedic surgeon. He is a professor and vice-chairman of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and a co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. He has published more than 370 journal articles and 50 book chapters, as of 2022. He specializes in sports medicine, and advocates for strength, flexibility, and awareness, to reduce injuries in ice hockey. He collaborated to arrange the 2010, 2013 and 2017 Ice Hockey Summits, which focused on concussions, and educational programs for players, coaches and parents. His concussion research includes studying biomarkers, neuroimaging, and cognitive neuroscience. He argues that concussions are diagnosed more accurately with electroencephalography and the King-Devick Test eye test, and advocates their usage in sport.

Michael Stuart
Alma materRush Medical College
  • Sports physician
  • orthopedic surgeon
Known for
  • Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center director and vice-chairman of orthopedic surgery
  • USA Hockey chief medical officer
Children4, including Mike, Colin, Mark

Stuart serves as the chief medical and safety officer for USA Hockey, is a medical consultant for the National Hockey League (NHL), and is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) medical committee. He has served as the team physician for the United States men's team at the Winter Olympics and World Championships; the United States men's junior team at the World Junior Championships; the USA Hockey National Team Development Program at the IIHF World U18 Championships, and for the Rochester Mustangs and Rochester Ice Hawks.

Stuart attended Rush Medical College, followed by graduate studies at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, and the University of Western Ontario. Inspired by success of the United States men's national sled hockey team, he established the Rochester Mustangs sled hockey team, and serves as the team president. In 2008, Stuart received the "Doc" Counsilman Science Award for ice hockey from the United States Olympic Committee, and the USA Hockey Excellence in Safety Award. In 2014, he received the USA Hockey President's Award. He is a resident of Rochester, Minnesota, and is the father of three sons to play in the NHL; Mike, Colin, and Mark.

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