AMSSM Member in the Spotlight: Dr. Emily Jones

Written by Chad Asplund, MD, and Edited by Jeff Kreher, MD

Dr. Emily Jones currently practices primary care sports medicine in Concord, New Hampshire, as Director of Sports Medicine in an orthopedic group for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord.

Her road to Concord started in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she grew up the daughter of a local pediatrician. She studied at Princeton University where she was a member of an NCAA runner-up rowing team. She then returned to Massachusetts for medical school and completed her family medicine residency at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. Following her residency, she trained with AMSSM member, Dr. Tom Howard at the Fairfax Sports Medicine fellowship program, where she enjoyed taking care of the Washington Redskins and DC United and the camaraderie of the neighboring National Capital Consortium military sports medicine fellowship.

Dr. Jones has been an AMSSM member since 2006 and says the organization has been great. She enjoys “the Annual Meeting, the excellent newsletter and the mentorship”.

She credits her tenth grade biology teacher sparking her interest in science and her father’s example as a pediatrician as important factors in her decision to go into medicine. Growing up she loved to play sports and watch sports so matching her interest in medicine and her love of sports to sports medicine seemed logical. During a college summer, she worked in the State Tax Policy Office, an experience which she thinks definitely solidified her pursuit of medicine.

During her third year of medical school, she backpacked in France and had the opportunity to watch a Tour de France stage on Alpe d’Huez. She was surprised not by the speed and power of the Tour riders, but the fitness of the spectators, many of whom had ridden up the mountains with a baguette and a backpack. This image helped her learn we are athletes each in our own way – which is an approach she has tried to bring to all of her patients.

Outside of medicine, she enjoys distance running, rowing and reading historical biographies – however, her favorite pursuit is spending time with her 16 month-old daughter. She describes her dream job as a Tour de France physician, hanging out of the car providing care to the riders on the move. If she were to get a job outside of medicine, she would return to her “math geek” roots and become a math professor.

Member in the Spotlight Favorites

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite Number: 4

Food: Bagels

Drink: Diet Coke

Vacation spot: Zermatt, Switzerland

Sports team: Patriots

Sport to watch: Football

Sport to play: Rowing

Car: One that doesn’t break down

Music: Anything acoustic

TV show: The Voice – but most of the time, I’m just watching sports.

Movie: Dodgeball or Blades of Glory

Book: Endurance

Magazine: Runner’s World

The conclusions and opinions in this news article should not be interpreted as official statements of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

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