Thomas Best

Pomerene Endowed Chair of Primary Care and Director of the Division of Sports Medicine

Thomas Best

Wexner Medical Center
Phone: 614-293-3600
Topics: sports medicine, Osteoarthritis


Dr. Best is the Pomerene Endowed Chair of Primary Care and Director of the Division of Sports Medicine 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. Dr. Best’s clinical interests include muscle/tendon injuries, osteoarthritis, low back pain, endurance athletes and evidence-based medicine. He directs an NIH-funded investigating muscle injury and repair and the mechanisms underlying massage to accelerate recovery from eccentric exercise. This work has produced over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Other research areas include; effects of the quadriceps on knee osteoarthritis, benefits of core training on injury prevention, and massage as an intervention to treat chronic low back pain. Dr. Best has presented over 200 lectures, including invited presentations to 9 international countries. Dr. Best 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 the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the official journal of the ACSM. He serves on the editorial boards of several other sports medicine and orthopedic journals. 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.

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