Physician awarded for work with area athletes
The state Athletic Trainers’ Society honors Dr. Patrick Carey, board certified orthopedic surgeon and UPMC Susquehanna director of sports medicine, with the Team Physician Honorary Membership Award after his dedicated work with area high school, collegiate and other athletic teams for over 30 years.
“It is always nice to be recognized,” he said. “It was nice for the Lycoming College staff to nominate me. You don’t go out to be recognized, but I feel very honored.”
Though the banquet for his award was pushed to next year due to the ongoing pandemic, the society still presented Carey with a plaque.
Carey, who came to Williamsport in 1990, worked alongside Drs. Craig Stabler and Michael Ludwikowski to develop sports medicine practices and centers in the local schools, like Lock Haven University and Central Mountain, Mansfield University, Lycoming College, Pennsylvania College of Technology and all the way into Canton and Wellsboro area schools.
He also has helped with Little League and Minor League baseball, he said. He works closely with student athletes and alongside athletic trainers throughout the region.
When asked about how he got into sports medicine, he replied:
“I have an athletic background. I always thought that I would like to be a physician that works with athletes. I thought it would be neat and something I would have a passion for.”
As medical director for UPMC Sports Medicine in Williamsport, Carey oversees the region’s Outreach Athletic Training Program, which provides services to 16 area school districts as well as the colleges.
“For the past 30 years, if a student-athlete has an injury, all we need to do is pick up the phone and Dr. Carey will either make time to see the athlete,” said Andrea Lucas, head athletic trainer, Lycoming College, in her nomination letter. “From diagnosis to rehabilitation, he provides our athletes with care that is world-class. He takes the time to make sure an athlete knows what they need to do to get back on the field and bases his recommendations on what’s best for them long-term.”
“It was a labor of love. A lot of work, but it was worth it,” Carey said.