Led by James Voos, MD, Jack and Mary Herrick Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, UH will provide innovative approaches to reduce injury and drive peak performance in dancers
CLEVELAND – James Voos, MD,
knows that dancers are every bit the athletes that football, hockey and other professional athletes are. After all, he lives with two of them. His wife was a ballerina, and their 9-year-old daughter is aspiring to be one, too.
Now, the University Hospitals Sports Medicine
team, led by Dr. Voos, a renowned orthopaedic surgeon at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, has just been named the official medical provider of the Cleveland Ballet. Utilizing an approach like no other in the country, UH will deliver the same services to dancers that it does to professional football and hockey players as the medical provider for the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Monsters.
“Ballet requires a significant amount of physical prowess and athleticism that delivers the same acrobatics and agility displayed by other professional athletes. Their preparation is really quite similar in intensity and difficulty,” said Michael Krasnyansky, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Cleveland Ballet. “Professional dancers put in just as many hours training and practicing.”
According to Dr. Voos, ballerinas suffer the same musculoskeletal, shoulder, hip, patella [knee], back and ankle injuries that sideline other athletes.
“This revolutionary partnership will integrate the same assessments, injury prevention, and wellness programs offered to other professional athletes under the care of University Hospitals Sports Medicine team,” Voos said.
UH clinicians caring for the dancers cover a wide spectrum of specialties. Led by Dr. Voos, the team also includes Amanda Weiss-Kelly, MD,
female and pediatric sports health; Shana Miskovsky, MD,
foot and ankle specialist; Michael Salata, MD,
hip arthroscopy and cartilage restoration specialist; Laura Goldberg, MD,
female and pediatric sports health; Anna Cerveny, PT, DPT, dance rehabilitation specialist and Amy Jamieson-Petonic, M.ED, RDN, sports nutritionist. Dancers will also benefit from integrative medicine therapies and services offered through UH Connor Integrative Health Network
. Program development, on-site treatments and triage will be provided by UH Athletic Trainers
and Physical Therapists.
Amy Elsoffer, PT, Anna Cerveny, PT, Amanda Marino, AT, Eric Jankov, PT, Sheila Bauza, PT, and Sandra Conochan, PTA-AT, will serve on the team.
To set up an interview, or for questions, please contact Macie Jepson at Macie.Jepson@UHhospitals.org
or 216-767-8570. A downloadable video
of Dr. Voos and a video
of the Cleveland Ballet are provided for your use. For a quick view of the Voos video, click here