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Holly J. Benjamin

InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentOrthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    Holly J. Benjamin, MD, FACSM, FAMSSM is a specialist in sports medicine and non-surgical musculoskeletal injuries. She has been regionally and nationally recognized for expertise in treating all types of athletic injuries. Dr. Benjamin treats athletes for all types of acute and overuse sport related injuries. She also coaches athletes at the high school and collegiate level in strength and conditioning, sport rehabilitation, endurance exercise, and sport biomechanics. Her coaching philosophy is promoting safe and speedy return to play post-injury and injury prevention.

    She is currently Chair of the Committee on Sports Medicine & Fitness (COSMF) for the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP), and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) & the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM). She served in leadership roles on multiple boards for sports medicine governing societies. Dr. Benjamin is the inaugural Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Program at UChicago Medicine Student Wellness Center.

    Dr. Benjamin has been invited to present dozens of lectures on sports problems in child, adolescent, & collegiate athletes at the local, regional, national and international levels. She is serving as the Head Medical Team Physician for the WNBA Chicago Sky and a medical officer for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, US Soccer, and USA Triathlon. In addition, she is head team physician for the University of Chicago Lab School, and a team physician for the NCAA Division III UChicago Maroons. She is one of only a few sports medicine specialists in the country to offer diagnostic and procedural musculoskeletal ultrasound in her office.

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    Kent State University , Kent, OH B.S1994Integrated Life Sciences
    Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Cleveland, OHPre-doctoral Fellowship1992Molecular Biology
    Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine , Rootstown, OH Medical School1994combined BS/MD
    Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, OHMD1994
    The University of Chicago Children’s Hospital, Chicago, ILResidency, Pediatrics1997
    Primary Care Sports Medicine Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, ILFellowship1998Clinical Associate, Department of Pediatrics
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    2017Interview - Naperville Sun article, “Big spike in Naperville District 203 concussion numbers tied to
    2015Common Pediatric Medical Procedures Videos, AAP.
    2015Interview –“Safe Bee Water Intoxication” for the AMSSM Weekly Digest, Columbia, AM
    2015 Fitness and Health: Expert opinion on Menstruation and distance running, for Runner’s World.
    2015 Common Pediatric Medical Procedures video, American Academy of Pediatrics. http://pedia
    2014Ankle Sprains in Youth Sports. AAP News Today, Orland, FL.
    2014AAP Digital Medical Solutions: Pediatric Orthopedic Emergencies. Video CME Production.
    2008 Invited to serve as a volunteer physician for the Olympic Training Center. Colorado Springs
    2003Elected Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (2nd female pediatrician ever elected fell
    1999Distinguished Alumni Award, The New Aurora High School Alumni

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    1. Benjamin HJ, Perri MM, Leemputte J, Lewallen L, DeVries C. Opioids and Youth Athletes. Sports Health. 2024 Mar-Apr; 16(2):269-278. PMID: 38366642; PMCID: PMC10916775.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Karagodin I, Wang S, Wang H, Singh A, Gutbrod J, Landeras L, Patel H, Alvi N, Tang M, Benovoy M, Janich MA, Benjamin HJ, Chung JH, Patel AR. Myocardial Blood Flow Quantified Using Stress Cardiac Magnetic Resonance After Mild COVID-19 Infection. JACC Adv. 2024 Mar; 3(3). PMID: 38433786; PMCID: PMC10906962.
    3. Putukian M, McGrew CA, Benjamin HJ, Hammell MK, Hwang CE, Ray JW, Statuta SM, Sylvester J, Wilson K. American Medical Society of Sports Medicine Position Statement: Mononucleosis and Athletic Participation. Clin J Sport Med. 2023 May 15. PMID: 37186809.
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    4. Schmidt JD, Broglio SP, Knight K, Leeds D, Lynall RC, D'Lauro C, Register-Mihalik J, Kroshus E, McCrea M, McAllister TW, Kerr ZY, CARE Consortium Investigators, Hoy A, Kelly L, Master C, Ortega J, Port N, Campbell CD, Svoboda CSJ, Putukian M, Chrisman SPD, Langford D, McGinty G, Jackson JC, Cameron KL, James Susmarski A, DiFiori J, Goldman JT, Benjamin H, Buckley T, Kaminski T, Clugston JR, O'Donnell PG, Feigenbaum L, Eckner JT, Mihalik JP, Anderson S, Kontos A, Brooks MA, Miles C, Lintner L. Optimizing Concussion Care Seeking: A Longitudinal Analysis of Recovery. Am J Sports Med. 2023 01; 51(1):214-224. PMID: 36412549.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Lynall RC, D'Lauro C, Kerr ZY, Knight K, Kroshus E, Leeds DD, Register-Mihalik JK, McCrea M, Broglio SP, McAllister T, Schmidt JD, CARE Consortium investigators, Hazzard J, Kelly L, Master C, Ortega J, Port N, Campbell D, Svoboda SJ, Putukian M, Chrisman SPD, Clugston JR, Langford D, McGinty G, Cameron KL, Houston MN, Susmarski AJ, Goldman JT, Giza C, Benjamin H, Buckley T, Kaminski T, Feigenbaum L, Eckner JT, Mihalik JP, Anderson S, McDevitt J, Kontos A, Brooks MA, Rowson S, Miles C, Lintner L, O'Donnell PG. Optimizing Concussion Care Seeking: The Influence of Previous Concussion Diagnosis Status on Baseline Assessment Outcomes. Am J Sports Med. 2022 10; 50(12):3406-3416. PMID: 35998010.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Coel RA, Pujalte GGA, Applewhite AI, Zaslow T, Cooper G, Ton AN, Benjamin HJ. Sleep and the Young Athlete. Sports Health. 2023 Jul-Aug; 15(4):537-546. PMID: 35855519; PMCID: PMC10293556.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Caccese JB, Houck Z, Kaminski TW, Clugston JR, Iverson GL, Bryk KN, Oldham JR, Pasquina PF, Broglio SP, McAllister TW, McCrea M, Hoy AMR, Hazzard JB, Kelly LA, Ortega JD, Port N, Putukian M, Langford TD, Giza CC, Goldman JT, Benjamin HJ, Schmidt JD, Feigenbaum LA, Eckner JT, Mihalik JP, Miles JD, Anderson S, Master CL, Collins MW, Kontos AP, Chrisman SPD, Brooks A, Jackson JC, McGinty G, Cameron KL, Susmarski A, O'Donnell PG, Duma S, Rowson S, Miles CM, Bullers CT, Dykhuizen BH, Lintner L, Buckley TA, CARE Consortium Investigators. Estimated age of first exposure to American football and outcome from concussion. Neurology. 2020 11 24; 95(21):e2935-e2944. PMID: 32907967; PMCID: PMC7734740.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Brett BL, Breedlove K, McAllister TW, Broglio SP, McCrea MA, CARE Consortium Investigators, Hoy AMR, Hazzard JB, Kelly LA, Port N, Putukian M, Pasquina P, Jackson J, McGinty G, O'Donnell P, Cameron KL, Houston MN, Giza C, Benjamin HJ, Buckley T, Clugston JR, Schmidt JD, Feigenbaum LA, Mihalik JP, Guskiewicz K, Anderson S, Master CL, Collins MW, Kontos AP, Chrisman SPD, Brooks MA, Rowson S, Miles CM, Susmarski A. Investigating the Range of Symptom Endorsement at Initiation of a Graduated Return-to-Play Protocol After Concussion and Duration of the Protocol: A Study From the National Collegiate Athletic Association-Department of Defense Concussion, Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) Consortium. Am J Sports Med. 2020 05; 48(6):1476-1484. PMID: 32298132.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Kroshus E, Wagner J, Wyrick D, Athey A, Bell L, Benjamin HJ, Grandner MA, Kline CE, Mohler JM, Roxanne Prichard J, Watson NF, Hainline B. Wake up call for collegiate athlete sleep: narrative review and consensus recommendations from the NCAA Interassociation Task Force on Sleep and Wellness. Br J Sports Med. 2019 Jun; 53(12):731-736. PMID: 31097460.
      Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    10. Taranto E, Fishman M, Benjamin H, Ross L. Genetic Testing by Sports Medicine Physicians in the United States: Attitudes, Experiences, and Knowledge. Sports (Basel). 2018 Nov 12; 6(4). PMID: 30424536; PMCID: PMC6315998.
      Citations: 1     
    11. Taranto E, Fishman M, Garvey K, Perlman M, Benjamin HJ, Ross LF. Public Attitudes and Knowledge About Youth Sports Participation and Concussion Risk in an Urban Area. J Natl Med Assoc. 2018 Dec; 110(6):635-643. PMID: 30376961; PMCID: PMC6226021.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Weber ML, Lynall RC, Hoffman NL, Miller EH, Kaminski TW, Buckley TA, Benjamin HJ, Miles CM, Whitlow CT, Lintner L, Broglio SP, McCrea M, McAllister T, Schmidt JD, CARE Consortium Investigators. Health-Related Quality of Life Following Concussion in Collegiate Student-Athletes With and Without Concussion History. Ann Biomed Eng. 2019 Oct; 47(10):2136-2146. PMID: 30302664.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Weber ML, Dean JL, Hoffman NL, Broglio SP, McCrea M, McAllister TW, Schmidt JD, CARE Consortium Investigators, Hoy AR, Hazzard JB, Kelly LA, Ortega JD, Port N, Putukian M, Langford TD, Tierney R, Campbell DE, McGinty G, O'Donnell P, Svoboda SJ, DiFiori JP, Giza CC, Benjamin HJ, Buckley T, Kaminski TW, Clugston JR, Feigenbaum LA, Eckner JT, Guskiewicz K, Mihalik JP, Miles JD, Anderson S, Master CL, Collins M, Kontos AP, Bazarian JJ, Chrisman SPD, Brooks A, Duma S, Bullers CT, Miles CM, Dykhuizen BH. Influences of Mental Illness, Current Psychological State, and Concussion History on Baseline Concussion Assessment Performance. Am J Sports Med. 2018 06; 46(7):1742-1751. PMID: 29672135.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Pujalte GGA, Benjamin HJ. Sleep and the Athlete. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2018 Apr; 17(4):109-110. PMID: 29629966.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Benjamin HJ, Engel SC, Chudzik D. Wrist Pain in Gymnasts: A Review of Common Overuse Wrist Pathology in the Gymnastics Athlete. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2017 Sep/Oct; 16(5):322-329. PMID: 28902754.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Fishman M, Taranto E, Perlman M, Quinlan K, Benjamin HJ, Ross LF. Attitudes and Counseling Practices of Pediatricians Regarding Youth Sports Participation and Concussion Risks. J Pediatr. 2017 05; 184:19-25. PMID: 28238481.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Benjamin HJ, Boniquit NT, Hastings ES. The Traveling Athlete. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2015 Apr; 26(1):189-207. PMID: 26514039.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    18. Matheson GO, Royalty AB, Meeuwisse WH, Levine B, Hutchinson MR, Coleman N, Benjamin HJ, Spataro A, Bachl N, Pigozzi F, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Roberts WO, Löllgen H, Debruyne A, Fédération Internationale du Médicine du Sport (FIMS). Advancing the preparticipation physical evaluation: an ACSM and FIMS joint consensus statement. Clin J Sport Med. 2014 Nov; 24(6):442-7. PMID: 25347259.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Roberts WO, Matheson GO, Royalty AB, Meeuwisse WH, Levine B, Hutchinson MR, Coleman N, Benjamin HJ, Spataro A, Bachl N, Pigozzi F, Löllgen H, Debruyne A. Advancing the preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE): an ACSM and FIMS joint consensus statement. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2014 Nov-Dec; 13(6):395-401. PMID: 25391096.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. DiFiori JP, Benjamin HJ, Brenner JS, Gregory A, Jayanthi N, Landry GL, Luke A. Overuse injuries and burnout in youth sports: a position statement from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Br J Sports Med. 2014 Feb; 48(4):287-8. PMID: 24463910.
      Citations: 175     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Benjamin HJ, Brenner J, Gregory A, Jayanthi N, Landry GL, Luke A, DiFiori JP. Overuse injuries and burnout in youth sports: a position statement from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Clin J Sport Med. 2014 Jan; 24(1):3-20. PMID: 24366013.
      Citations: 46     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Acharya K, Benjamin HJ, Clayton EW, Ross LF. Attitudes and beliefs of sports medicine providers to sickle cell trait screening of student athletes. Clin J Sport Med. 2011 Nov; 21(6):480-5. PMID: 21959797.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    23. Koopmans J, Cox LA, Benjamin H, Clayton EW, Ross LF. Sickle cell trait screening in athletes: pediatricians' attitudes and concerns. Pediatrics. 2011 Sep; 128(3):477-83. PMID: 21824886.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    24. Luke A, Lazaro RM, Bergeron MF, Keyser L, Benjamin H, Brenner J, d'Hemecourt P, Grady M, Philpott J, Smith A. Sports-related injuries in youth athletes: is overscheduling a risk factor? Clin J Sport Med. 2011 Jul; 21(4):307-14. PMID: 21694586.
      Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. McCambridge TM, Benjamin HJ, Brenner JS, Cappetta CT, Demorest RA, Gregory AJ, Halstead M, Koutures CG, LaBella CR, Martin S, Rice SG, Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Athletic participation by children and adolescents who have systemic hypertension. Pediatrics. 2010 Jun; 125(6):1287-94. PMID: 20513738.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Boyd AS, Benjamin HJ, Asplund C. Splints and casts: indications and methods. Am Fam Physician. 2009 Sep 01; 80(5):491-9. PMID: 19725490.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Boyd AS, Benjamin HJ, Asplund C. Principles of casting and splinting. Am Fam Physician. 2009 Jan 01; 79(1):16-22. PMID: 19145960.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Benjamin HJ. The female adolescent athlete: specific concerns. Pediatr Ann. 2007 Nov; 36(11):719-26. PMID: 18074988.
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    29. Benjamin HJ, Nikore V, Takagishi J. Practical management: community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA): the latest sports epidemic. Clin J Sport Med. 2007 Sep; 17(5):393-7. PMID: 17873553.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    30. Benjamin HJ, Briner WW. Little league elbow. Clin J Sport Med. 2005 Jan; 15(1):37-40. PMID: 15654190.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Benjamin HJ, Glow KM, Mees PD. Choosing a strength training program for kids. Phys Sportsmed. 2003 Sep; 31(9):27-8. PMID: 20086489.
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    32. Benjamin HJ, Glow KM. Strength training for children and adolescents: what can physicians recommend? Phys Sportsmed. 2003 Sep; 31(9):19-26. PMID: 20086488.
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    33. Grant M, Golant M, Rivera L, Dean G, Benjamin H. Developing a community program on cancer pain and fatigue. Cancer Pract. 2000 Jul-Aug; 8(4):187-94. PMID: 11898258.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Briner WW, Benjamin HJ. Volleyball injuries: managing acute and overuse disorders. Phys Sportsmed. 1999 Mar; 27(3):48-60. PMID: 20086702.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    
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