Mission Statement:

Tufts Sports Medicine Staff (l-r): Andrew Roth, Pat Cordeiro, Jenna Cherenzia, Nick Mitropoulos, Janet Silva, Fiona Donegan, Mark Doughtie

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 (http://www.ncaapublications.com/p-4203-2010-2011-sports-medicine-handbook.aspx) 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. 

Staff Directory


Forms to Dowload

Student Letter 2014-15

Pre-participation physical history form

Physical exam (NEW ATHLETES ONLY)

ADHD Packet

Albuterol Documentation

Consent to Treat

Clearance Process


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 / Staff Directory

Nicholas Mitropoulos, ATC, RPT

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. 

Mark Doughtie, ATC, CSCS

Mark Doughtie, a 1973 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been a member of the Tufts Sports Medicine staff since 1978. Mark is a licensed Athletic Trainer by the Massachusetts Board of Health Professions, a nationally certified Athletic Trainer and member of the NSCA and NATA.  Mark served with the Armys 82nd Airborne Division from 1967-70.  He served in Vietnam in 1968 and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroism in the Vietnam war.  Mark has three children and resides with his wife Rita in Stoughton.

Janet Silva, ATC

Janet is a 1978 graduate of Northeastern University and has been part of the Tufts Sports Medicine staff since 1979.  Janet is a licensed Athletic Trainer by the Massachusetts Board of Health Professions and a nationally certified Athletic Trainer.

Patricia M Cordeiro MS, ATC, CSCS

Pat Cordeiro has worked as a certified Athletic Trainer for the past 20 years.  She has worked at high school, college, professional and Olympic level and has worked at Tufts University since 2001.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from Bridgewater State College and her master’s degree in Sports Health Care from the Arizona School of Health Sciences/AT Still University.

Pat is an accredited curriculm instructor for Boston University, part-time professor at Salem State University and also works at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.  She is a member of the Tufts Marathon team and has completed the Boston Marathon 3 times each time representing Tufts University.  She is a licensed Athletic Trainer by the Massachusetts Board of Health Professions, a nationally certified Athletic Trainer and member of the NSCA and NATA.

Jenna Cherenzia, MS, ATC

Jenna Cherenzia is in her second year as Assistant Athletic Trainer at Tufts University.  Jenna completed her undergraduate work at the University of New Hampshire in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.   Jenna went on to complete a graduate assistantship at Boston University where she coordinated care for the field hockey team and served as a teaching assistant for the CAATE accredited undergraduate program.  Jenna graduated in May 2009 with a Masters of Science: Applied Anatomy and Physiology.  A native of Rhode Island Jenna is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Associations and is licensed as an Athletic Trainer by the Massachusetts Board of Health Professions.

Fiona Donegan, ATC

Fiona graduated in 2012 from a five year program at Northeastern University with a B.S. in Athletic Training. She completed her last two clinical rotations and co-op experience here at Tufts Sports Medicine before joining the staff in 2012. She is a member of the National Athletic Training Association, and is a Licensed Athletic Trainer by the Massachusetts Board of Health Professions.

Andy Roth DPT, ATC, CSCS

Andy graduated from a 6 year program at Boston University for his B.S. in Athletic Training ('09) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (2011). Andy has experience working with professional baseball, formerly interning with the Orioles AAA affiliate the Norfolk Tides as well as working closely with renowned surgeons such as Dr. James Andrews (Tampa Bay Rays) and Dr. David Altcheck (NY Mets). In 2012 Andy completed a 1 year fellowship at the Institute for Orthopedic Manual Therapy in Woburn, MA where he received further education in manual techniques and advanced treatment strategies, particularly for spine disorders. Andy is the liaison Athletic Trainer for Men's Rugby (club) and Men's Cross Country and Track & Field.

Andy is a licensed Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Andy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

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.

Christopher Geary, MD

Dr. Christopher Geary is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He completed his internship and orthopaedic residency at Tufts Medical Center.  Following this, he completed the San Diego Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowship, where he served as assistant team physician for professional and college teams, including the San Diego Padres, San Diego State, and UCSD.  He is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery.


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