Few people can honestly say they’ve been on teams for the Olympics, Paralympics and collegiate athletics. OrthoWilmington’s Joanne (Anne) B. Allen, M.D., can.
And now, she has added another accolade to her resume: trustee for medicine on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Board of Trustees.
Board-certified & Fellowship Trained
A board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist who is also fellowship trained in sports medicine, Dr. Allen has been on the ACSM team for years. It’s through that association that she served on the Olympic/Paralympic Sports Medicine Committee, Medical Education Committee, the Women’s Strategic Health Initiative, the Musculoskeletal Advisory Committee and the Weekend Warrior project. She has also participated on the Advanced Team Physician course faculty and the Internal Team Physician faculty, which she recently led to Argentina on behalf of ACSM.
In addition to that impressive lineup, Dr. Allen has been a team physician for the United States Sailing Team, a previous chief classifier for sailing for the IFDS/International Paralympic Committee, and on the USOC medical staff to the London, Beijing and Athens Paralympic Games. She is currently team physician for the men’s soccer team at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she is on the clinical/research adjunct faculty.
“Being on the board is a huge honor because ACSM is the largest sports medicine organization of professionals in the world,” said Dr. Allen. “As a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, ACSM was instrumental in shaping my career.”
ACSM has more than 50,000 members and certified professionals worldwide, and it’s dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.
“The greatest strength of ACSM is its members,” said Dr. Allen. “It has the unique ability to bring together the talents of a diverse group of professionals in the fields of sports medicine and sports science. The educational platform is complemented by worldwide contributions to exercise science and medicine, and its global promotion of healthier lifestyles.”
“I understand the needs of athletes and practitioners, and I recognize the importance of the collaborative efforts of scientists and clinicians,” said Dr. Allen. “As a trustee, I plan to focus on more initiatives to support and grow such teamwork, and to advance the mission of ACSM, from the local grass roots level to the international level.”
Dr. Allen graduated cum laude with dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Duke University, and earned her medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. She completed an internship in general surgery at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, and her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Alabama Birmingham’s Spain Rehabilitation Center.
“Dr. Allen is a gifted physician who has served in many capacities within orthopedic medicine,” said EmergeOrtho Wilmington Region Chief Executive Officer Stephen L. DeBiasi, FACHE, CMPE. “Her election to the ACSM board of trustees is well deserved and her expertise will certainly enhance the prestigious organization.”
Congratulations, Dr. Allen, from the entire EmergeOrtho Wilmington Region staff!