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John A. Kearney Jr., MD

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Dr. Kearney is a board certified and fellowship-trained specialist in non-surgical, rehabilitative, and medical aspects of sports medicine.  He is highly skilled in non-operative treatment options and rehabilitative principles for most musculoskeletal problems and injuries.  He works closely with CORE surgeons to ensure that both non-surgical and surgical care is optimized.  Dr. Kearney is also experienced with the array of unique medical issues that athletes face and acts as a consultant for these problems.  This scope includes, but is not limited to: concussion management, infectious disease, medical clearance/ return-to-play decisions and sports nutrition.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kearney has been very involved in the community he serves.  He is currently the Medical Director of the Arizona Sports Medicine Society and also the Medical Director and liaison for the Ride Clean Professional Cycling team.  He serves as team physician for both Centennial and Peoria High Schools.  Additionally, he remains committed to and involved with academic medicine.  He is the Director of Sports Medicine and Associate Clinical Faculty at Phoenix Baptist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program where he routinely teaches and lectures to medical students and Resident Physicians on various orthopedic and sports medicine subject matter.

Dr. Kearney completed his fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he was the primary team physician for three universities, two colleges, and the Minnesota State High School League.  He completed his residency training at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. He received his medical degree from the University of Arizona where he graduated with the highest distinction possible in the “Top One-Third” of his medical school class.  Dr. Kearney began his educational training at Arizona State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, summa cum laude.  While there, he was a Maroon and Gold Scholar Athlete as a walk-on member of the men’s basketball team and was also honored as the convocation speaker for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Kearney has received the 2010 PHOENIX Magazine’s Top Doctors distinction for Sports Medicine.

Research & Experience

Areas of Specialty

Non-surgical, Rehabilitative, and Medical Sports Medicine
Non-operative orthopedics
Rehabilitative Medicine
Medical return-to-play consultations
Injection treatments including joint injection and prolotherapy
Fracture management

Present Position

Medical Director & Founder, Arizona Sports Medicine Society
Phoenix, Arizona
April 2008 to Present

Medical Director, Ride Clean Cycling Team
Phoenix, Arizona
2009 to Present

Education

Professional Training
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
2005-2006        

Residency
St. Mary’s Family Practice
Grand Junction, Colorado
2002-2005

Medical School
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, Arizona
1998-2002

Bachelor of Science Degree, summa cum laude
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
1993-1997

U.S. Certification And Licensure

Board Certified, American Board of Family Medicine
Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine
Medical Licensure: States of Arizona

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Family Physicians
American College of Sports Medicine
American Medical Society of Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Activities

Medical Director and Founder of the Arizona Sports Medicine Society in conjunction with The CORE Institute

Guest Speaker at Sun Health Orthopedic Grand Rounds, Arizona Sports Medicine Society, and

Numerous Community Groups on Multiple Sports Medicine Subjects

Advanced Team Physician Course; San Diego, CA Winter 2011

AAOS Worker’s Compensation Course; Las Vegas, NV Fall 2011

Instructor Sonosite Ultrasound Course; Scottsdale, AZ and Las Vegas, NV Summer/Fall 2011

AMSSM Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course Jimmy Andrews Institute; Penscacola, FL Spring 2011

Shoulder-Sono Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course; Las Vegas, NV Winter 2011

University of Michigan Diagnostic Ultrasound Course; San Diego, CA Spring 2010

Keynote Speaker at Arizona Athletic Trainer’s Association Winter Conference 2010

Keynote Speaker at Arizona Physical Therapy Association Quarterly Meeting Spring 2010

Clinical Faculty at Phoenix Baptist Family Medicine Residency Program in charge of Sports Medicine

Curriculum and Resident Physician/Medical Student Education

Primary Team Physician for Peoria High School and Centennial High

School

Certification in ImPACT Neuropsychological Testing Tool for Sports Concussion

2010 University of Michigan West Coast Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course

2009 AMSSM Annual Meeting

2007 Advanced Team Physician Course

Primary Team Physician for Bethel University, Hamline University, University of River Falls –

Wisconsin, University of St. Thomas, College of St. Catherine, Park Center High School,

and Minnesota State High School League

Physician Responsibilities for University of Minnesota Athletic Department, Augsburg College,

Minneapolis Technical College, and St. Paul Saints Minor League Baseball

Grand Rounds Speaker at Minnesota Sports Medicine Society, Tria Orthopaedic Center, and

Lakeview Hospital on Multiple Sports Medicine Subjects

2006 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships Event Physician

Physician Responsibilities at Copper Mountain Ski Area Injury Clinic

Physician Responsibilities for City of Lakes Loppet Ski Race

USA Cup Youth Soccer Conference and Event Physician

Twin Cities Marathon Conference and Finish Line Physician

Presenter at 2006 ACSM Annual Meeting

2006 AMSSM Annual Meeting

2006 Spring Sports Medicine Conference (Minnesota Sports Medicine Society )

2006 Spring Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics Conference (Tria Orthopaedic Center)

2005 Advanced Team Physician Course

Presentations & Lectures

The CORE Institute Community Lectures, Prevention & Treatment of Injuries in the Golfer, Grandview Terrace, Sun City West, AZ  March 2012

Bi-monthly lectures at Phoenix Baptist Hospital Family Medicine, Residency on various sports medicine and orthopedic topics. Ongoing.

Elbow Injuries in the Throwing Athlete, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Care of the Young Athlete Conference. May 2011.

Update on Concussion in Sports and Impact Testing, Arizona Sports Medicine Society. July 2010.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Guided Interventions for Tendinopathy – PRP, Percutaneous Tenotomy, and Prolotherapy, Banner Health Orthopedic Grand Rounds. June 2010.

Tendinopathy – Emerging Confusions and Treatment Options, Arizona Physical Therapy Association. April 2010.

Can ImPACT Really Impact Concussion Management? Phoenix Children’s Hospital Care of the Young Athlete Conference. April 2010

“Exertional Heat Illness, Rhabdomyolysis, and Sickle Cell Trait, Arizona Athletic Training Association Winter Conference. January 2010

Low Back Pain in the Athlete, Arizona Sports Medicine Society. November 2009. 

Tendinopathy – Emerging Confusions and Treatment Options, Arizona Sports Medicine Society. May2009.

Machiavellian Medical Mysteries in Sports, Arizona Athletic Training Association Winter Conference. February 2009.                                              

How to Prevent Sports Injuries and Achieve World Peace, Sun City West Foundation. January 2009

Nutritional Supplements in Orthopedics, Arizona Sports Medicine Society. November 2008.

Sideline Cardiac Emergencies: An Update on Screening, Prevention, and Management, Arizona Athletic Training Association Summer Conference, Northern Arizona University. July 2008.

Catastrophic Cervical Spine Injury in Collision Sports, 2nd Annual Care of the Athlete Conference – Phoenix, AZ. April 2008.

Ergogenic Aids and Anabolic Steroids in Sports,  2nd Annual Care of the Athlete Conference – Phoenix, AZ. April 2008.

Ergogenic Aids and Anabolic Seroids in Sports, Grand Rounds John C. Lincoln North Hospital. March 2008.

Sports Concussion, Arizona Sports Medicine Society. February 2008.

Infectious Dermatology in the Athlete, Peoria High School Athletic Training Staff. December 2007.                              

NSAIDs, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Sun Health Orthopedic Grand Rounds and Arizona Sports Medicine Society. April 2007

Sports Nutrition Report Card & Ergogenic Aids, Arizona Sports Medicine Society. April 200.

Exercise, Nature’s Fountain of Youth, Arizona Power Women’s Conference – Cardinal’s Stadium. October 2007.

Neck pain and Medial Scapular Numbness in a Football Player – Discussion of Spear-Tackler’s Spine, American College of Sports Medicine National Conference. May 2006.

Analgesia for the Anal Retentive, Bethel University Athletic Training Course. April 2006.

How to Save a Life 101: An Update on Cardiac Emergencies, Minnesota Sports Medicine Society and Tria Orthopaedic Center. February 2006.

The Amazing Hand – Common Hand Injuries, Hennepin County Family Medicine Center Resident Talk. January 2006.

Elbow Pain in a Gymnast, Minnesota Sports Medicine Society. January 2006.

Lower Extremity Fractures for the Primary Care Physician, Lakeview Hospital Grand Rounds. December 2005.

The Skeletally Immature Athlete, Hennepin County Resident and Medical Student Lecture Series. 2005-2006

Topics in Nutrition – Protein and Carbohydrate Needs in the Athlete, Hennepin County Resident and Medical Student Lecture Series. 2005-2006.

Exercise Treadmill Testing in Masters Level Athletes,Postoperative Rehabilitation After ACL, Reconstruction – Outpatient Physical, Therapy vs. Home Rehabilitation, MRI and Infrared Spectroscopy in Evaluation of Exertional Compartment Syndrome, Ongoing Journal Article Reviews at St. Croix Orthopaedic Journal Clu. 2005-2006.

Tales of a Sports Medicine Fellow Wannabe – How to Waste Vacation Time Your 2nd and 3rd Years of Residency, St. Mary’s Hospital Family Practice Residency. May 2005.

Acute Pulmonary Edema in an Unacclimated Diabetic Hunterat Altitude with Undiagnosed Idiopathic Cardiomyopathy and Pulmonary Embolism, Chief of Internal Medicine Service Case Presentation – St. Mary’s Hospital. December 2005

The Pre-participation Sports Examination, St. Mary’s Hospital Sports Medicine Community and Residency. January  2005.

Strength Training in the Skeletally Immature, St. Mary’s Hospital Sports Medicine Community and Residency. January 2005.

Screening for Exercise Induced Asthma, St. Mary’s Hospital Sports Medicine Community and Residency. January 2005.

Screening for Ovarian Cancer – State of the Science Review, St. Mary’s Family Practice Residency. July 2005

Developmental Pediatrics – Constitutional Language Delay, St. Mary’s Family Practice Residency. February 2004.

Spiritual History Taking – Patient Attitudes and the Physician’s Role, St. Mary’s Family Practice Residency. May 2003.

Honors & Awards

Golden Apple Teaching Award for Outstanding Clinical Preceptor, Phoenix Baptist Hospital Family Medicine Residency, 2011.

The CORE Institute’s Quality in Patient Care Award, 2011.

Phoenix Magazine Top Doctor in Sports Medicine, 2010.

Golden Apple Teaching Award for Outstanding Clinical Preceptor, Phoenix Baptist Hospital Family Medicine Residency, 2010.

The CORE Institute’s Commitment to Service Award, 2007.

Greater than 90th Percentile in Achieving Board Certification, In Family Practice, 2005.

St. Mary’s Hospital Caring Angel Award, 2003.

Graduated with “Top One-Third” Distinction in Medical,School Class at University of Arizona (Highest Distinction Possible), 2002.

Joseph H. Fuchs Scholarship Award, 2002.

Arizona State Chair of the American Medical Association, Medical Student Section,1999.

President of the University of Arizona chapter of the American Medical Association Medical Student Section, 1998-1999.

Convocation Speaker College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, 1997.

President Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society, and Awarded “Outstanding Student Organization for Career Development at Arizona State University 1997.

Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 1995.

Golden Key National Honor Society, 1994.

Dean’s List 9 out of 9 Semesters and Summa Cum Laude, Arizona State University. 1993-1997

Maroon and Gold Scholar Athlete as Member of Arizona State University Men’s Basketball Team, 1993-1994.

Graduated “Outstanding Male Senior” at Shadow Mountain High School, Phoenix, AZ,1993.

Student Body President Shadow Mountain High School, Phoenix, AZ, 1993.

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