Tahsin Ergin of Essex Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine to Travel to Colorado
Reprinted with permission by The Windham Independent
He won’t be competing for a gold medal, but Dr. Tahsin Ergin, of Essex Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will be heading for the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Dr. Ergin has been selected through the United States Olympic Committee medical program to provide medical coverage for the athletes training at the USOC Training Center in Colorado later this summer.
Dr. Ergin is volunteering his time to support the U.S. Olympic Team. Over the last two weeks of August he will be supervising the medical care and treating some of the United States elite athletes. “I’m extremely excited about this opportunity,” said Ergin. “The focus of my practice is sports medicine, and it will be very rewarding and a true honor to be of service to athletes of this caliber.”
To get to this point, Ergin had to go through a competitive process of applying, and then being vetted and approved for the USOC medical program. He said that just to qualify to apply you have to have been a team physician for at least five years at a high school or higher level.
While orthopaedic problems make up a large part of the injuries seen by the volunteer medical providers, the doctors selected have to be able to handle a variety of situations including general medical issues, and be prepared to work long hours. The demands and expectations are high. The doctors, just like the athletes, must also be a team player, as they will work with a variety of medical professionals while at the US Olympic Training Center. All of this makes the opportunity even more exhilarating for Ergin.
“The main reason I became an orthopaedic surgeon was to help people return to the level of function they had before their problem arose or their injury occurred,” said Ergin. “That effort to get patients back to what they most enjoy doing is the thing that drives me now. And when I’m successful in that effort, it’s my greatest reward.”
Ergin earned his MD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, having earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the Boston University College of Engineering. He did his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and earned his Fellowship in Sports Medicine from The Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where he worked with team physicians for the Philadelphia Flyers and Eagles. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American College of Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Ergin’s areas of focus include arthroscopic surgery, sports medicine and shoulder and knee reconstruction.