Department of Sports Medicine

Mission Statement:

The Sports Medicine Department at Tufts University delivers the highest quality (sports medicine) services to our student-athletes.  Our mission is to provide medical coverage to the intercollegiate athletic programs including prevention, education, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation and administration of all athletic injuries.  The sports medicine team is comprised of five full-time Athletic Trainers; all are nationally certified and licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Professional Licensure.    The certified Athletic Trainers work under the supervision of the Tufts University team physician.  While we recognize the student’s desire to participate in intercollegiate athletics it is our responsibility to ensure that the health and long term well-being of the student-athlete is paramount in our decision to return the student to athletics following an injury.  The supervising physicians and NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook ( serve as the basis for policy decisions.

Service Policy:

The department will provide services to any students that are members, officially on the roster, of all intercollegiate varsity teams during the competitive season.  In addition the department will provide services to the following club teams during their official competitive season:  men’s and women’s rugby and men’s and women’s ultimate frisbee.  Students who fall outside of these guidelines will need to seek care at health service, Lawrence Memorial Hospital or from a doctor of their choice.  In-season athletes have priority, over athletes that are out of season.  Injuries sustained before attending Tufts and/or injuries that are not a result of participation at Tufts is not eligible for service.

Physical Therapy services will be provided by Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy on the Tufts Campus with a physician referral.

Confidentiality statement:

Sports medicine personnel will not discuss the health status of student athletes beyond the health services except in cases of immediate danger or serious harm to someone.  The student-athlete must authorize the release of medical information.  This includes speaking with the student’s parents, if the student is eighteen years of age or older.  Sports medicine personnel must obtain the students permission to speak with his/her parents regarding their medical condition.

Hours  of Operation

 The athletic training room is open Monday-Friday from 9am-7:00pm and on the weekends for practice and game coverage only.  Athletes are asked to make appointments  for treatment and rehabilitation by calling 617-627-5102 or speaking with the athletic trainer  that coordinates care for their team. 


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Emergency Information

Tufts University Health Services


Lawerence Memorial Hospital – 170 Governors Ave, Medford, MA 02155

Main: 781-306-6000

ER: 781-306-6300


Staff Bios

Nick Mitropoulos (RPT, ATC)

Nick has been in the Sports Medicine Department at Tufts University since the fall of 1984.  He graduated from Northeastern University with a BA in physical therapy in 1982.  He was originally hired as an Assistant Athletic Trainer, coordinating care for men’s soccer, men’s ice hockey and baseball.  In 2009 Nick became the Director of Sports Medicine.  Nick is also part owner of O.S.P.T.A., an organization which has two physical therapy clinics in the Boston area.  Nick is a licensed Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer by the Massachusetts Board of Health Professions, a nationally registered Physical Therapist, a nationally certified Athletic Trainer and member of the APTA and NATA. Nick lives in Winchester, MA with his wife Maureen and two sons, Alex and Tim.



Patricia Cordeiro (MS, ATC, CSCS)

Pat Cordeiro has worked as a certified Athletic Trainer for the past 26 years.  She has worked at high school, college, professional and Olympic level and has worked at Tufts University since 2001.  Pat is a preceptor for Boston University, part-time professor at Salem State University and also works as an athletic trainer with Blue Man Group in Boston. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Bridgewater State University, her master’s degree from AT Still University and is currently working on her PhD from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Pat is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Associations and is licensed as an Athletic Trainer by the Massachusetts Board of Health Professions. 



Danielle Monteiro (ATC)

Danielle grew up in the great state of Massachusetts, went to Hofstra University for her BS in Sports medicine and Exercise physiology.   She’s been working at Tufts since graduating in 2011 from Hofstra. Danielle is a licensed Athletic Trainer by the Massachusetts Board of Health Professions, and a nationally certified Athletic Trainer and member of the NATA.




Michael Buonopane (MS, ATC)

Michael Buonpane starting working as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Tufts University in 2013. Michael completed his undergraduate work at Canisius College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a minor in Health and Human Performance. Michael completed his Master’s degree in Sports Injury Management at Life University in 2012, where he served as the Head Athletic Trainer for Life University’s Professional Men’s rugby team. Michael went on to complete a residency at Boston College working with the Football program as well as Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving. Michael is certified in Positional Release Therapy, is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Associations and is licensed as an Athletic Trainer by the Massachusetts Board of Health Professions.



Brett Hayes (ATC, LAT)

Brett start at Tufts University in 2015. He graduated in 2013 from Springfield College with a B.S. in Athletic Training. He is a member of the National Athletic Training Association and is a Licensed Athletic Trainer by the Massachusetts Board of Health Professions. Brett is a Massachusetts native. He is a Boston sports fan and enjoys playing hockey and golf.




Ryan Birchall

Ryan graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a B.S. in Athletic Training; he then graduated in 2016 from Boston University with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and is licensed in Massachusetts as both an Athletic Trainer and a Physical Therapist. Ryan was an athletic training and physical therapy student here at Tufts multiple times throughout his undergraduate/graduate education; he is beyond excited to be a Jumbo again working as a Sports Medicine Intern! Ryan was born and raised in upstate New York, but now calls Boston home. Back in the day Ryan was an offensive lineman in the fall and a long-pole defenseman in the spring.  In his free time Ryan enjoys running, cooking (eating), and creative writing.



Emily Young (ATC)

Dr. Paul P Weitzel, MD

Dr. Weitzel serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and his clinical interests lie in sports medicine with a primary emphasis on minimally invasive arthroscopy of shoulders and knees.

Dr. Matt Salzler, MD