Tom Best, MD, PhD
Dr. Best is the Pomerene Endowed Chair of Primary Care and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine at the Ohio State University. He holds joints appointments in the College of Engineering and the School of Allied Health Medical Professions. His research on muscle inflammation and repair has been NIH-funded for 15 consecutive years and has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications. He is co-editor of the book 'Evidence-Based Sports Medicine', now in its 2nd edition. Other research areas include; effects of the quadriceps on knee osteoarthritis, benefits of core training on injury prevention, and cytokines and low back pain. Dr. Best has presented over 200 lectures, including invited presentations to 9 international countries. He is past recipient of several honors for his research including the Kappa Delta and the Arnold Siegal Stapp research awards. He has been involved with the training of 15 Sports Medicine Fellows and 7 PhD students, along with over 20 Master's students.
An active member in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for 21 years, Dr. Best is a fellow and the 2010-2011 President of ACSM. He is the Associate Editor-in-Chief of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise as well as an Associate Editor of Current Sports Medicine Reports. Recently he was re-elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the United States Bone and Joint Initiative. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Youth Sport and Safety Institute as well as the Advisory Board for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Dr. Best has served as a team physician at the high school, college, and professional athlete levels.