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Who is Dr. Carol L. Otis M.D. FACSM?

She is a Portland, Oregon based sports medicine physician and consultant, with over 20 years expertise in the non-surgical evaluation and treatment of active people. She joined the Physician Associates of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in January, 2001 to 2003, opening the Primary Care and Women's Sports Medicine Clinic. Previously she worked at UCLA where she was a team physician for the varsity teams and former director of specialty clinics at the Arthur Ashe Student Health Center.

A native Southern California, she received her medical degree from the University of Southern California and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine in the Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. She formerly served as the Chief Medical Advisor for the Sanex WTA Tour (women's professional tennis). She has worked with men and women athletes in many areas including serving as a team physician for UCLA varsity athletes (1984-1993), the 2000 US Olympic Women's Tennis team, US Fed Cup Teams (1998- 2000), the Boston Marathon, USA Track and Field, USA Figure Skating, and 1984 Olympic Gymnastics competition. She is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). a former member of the ACSM board of Trustees, and past chairperson of the ACSM Strategic Health Initiative for Women. She currently serves on the USTA Sport Science Committee and is a former member of the ITF Medical Commission.

She has worked to draw awareness to special problems of female athletes through her work on the Female Athlete Triad, the three interrelated disorders of disordered eating, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis. she is the lead author of the ACSM Position Stand on the Triad, and the co-author of the Athletic Women's Survival Guide. She has done research on Marfan Syndrome in athletes, and stress fractures in runners.

An advocate of the active life style, she maintains an extensive lecturing schedule, is a consultant to Shape Magazine and Bally's Total Fitness and has written numerous articles on health and fitness for women. Many are posted on this web site.

Do you have a problem or a question about your active life style and not know which physician to see? Are you an active woman with changes in your menstrual cycle, questions about your bone health, or fatigue you don't understand? Do you have a nagging pain from an old injury and don't know what to do to heal it? Are you out of shape and want a medical clearance before your start working out for your New Year's resolution. Dr. Otis has the expertise and experience to help you solve your problems and answer your questions.

As a non-surgical sports medicine physician, she is able to be a consultant to evaluate and treat active people with a wide variety of problems. These include acute and chronic injuries, fitness and nutritional evaluations, medical problems like asthma, anemia, overtraining, fatigue fibromyalgia, and thyroid disorders, and gynecological concerns such as menstrual irregularities. If surgery is indicated, referral to the orthopaedic surgeons in the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic clinic can easily be arranged. Most often you would see Dr. Otis for a consultation for specific problems and continue your regular care with your own primary care physician.

What is women's sports medicine?

As more women are physically active, more has been learned about their special needs and specific solutions. The Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, in the forefront of surgical treatment for athletes has broken new ground in establishing one of the first sports medicine clinics devoted to the specific needs of active women. These needs range from using training models
to reduce knee injuries to educating women about proper nutrition, strength training and the effect of the menstrual cycle on athletic performance. As more women take charge of their life and health and invest in exercise to keep healthy, physicians are learning more about how to decrease injuries and improve health.

Did you know that more women have a certain type of knee injury (ACL) compared to men? Have you heard of the female athlete triad? It is an inter-related set of medical problems that include disordered eating, amenorrhea (lack of menstrual periods) and osteoporosis in young women. With the addition of Dr. Otis to the clinical staff, KJOC is establishing new territory to offer specialized services directed at active women.