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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 served on the USTA Sport Science Committee and is a former member of the ITF Medical Commission. She is currently the Chairperson of the WTA Player Development Advisory Panel.

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, was a columnist to Shape Magazine and has written numerous articles on health and fitness for women. Many are posted on this web site.