Dr. Kathleen Weber of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and the Director of Primary Care/Sports Medicine and Women's Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center was named the President-Elect for the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association (MLBTPA). A sports medicine physician, Dr. Weber will become the first female physician to take the reins as Vice President in 2015 and President in 2016. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the College of Mount St. Joseph (now Mount St. Joseph University) and received her medical degree from Rush Medical College.
"The selection of Dr. Weber is a perfect choice," explains former MLBTPA President, Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. "Kathy is one of the leading primary care sports medicine physicians in the country with 15 years of experience caring for collegiate and professional athletes."
Dr. Weber currently serves as a team physician for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Force Women's Football. She is also the head team physician for the DePaul Blue Demons, Malcolm X College, and a physician consultant for Hubbard Street Dance Company. In addition to her team physician role, she also serves as a member of the LPGA Medical Advisory Board and the MLB research committee.
"I'm honored to have been elected to this position," explains Dr. Weber. "I would love to see more women pursue a career in sports medicine and be recognized for their hard work and talent."
A former college athlete herself, Dr. Weber holds numerous awards for excellence in patient care, teaching excellence and was recently recognized as "Health Champion" by "Girls in the Game," a non-profit organization providing sports and fitness opportunities, leadership development, and health education to enhance the well-being of underserved girls and adolescents.
The MLBTPA strives to provide professional baseball teams with the highest quality medical care in order to ensure an athlete's safety, health and well-being. Providing services for teams including the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, the MLBTPA maintains its mission through continued medical research and the development of injury prevention recommendations and policies.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University)