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The Brody School of Medicine
Department of Family Medicine

Family Medicine

Sports Medicine Fellowship

Current Fellow(s)

Ryan Sprouse, MD
Current Fellow, 2014-2015


Previous Fellow(s)

Jared Miller, DO
Fellow, 2013-2014

Dr. Miller completed his fellowship in June 2014 and recently accepted a position with Sentara Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Specialists in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Laura DePalma, DO
Fellow, 2012-2013

Dr. DePalma serves a a Clinical Assistant Professor for ECU Physicians Department of Pediatrics where she does general Pediatrics & Pediatric Sports Medicine.

David Bica, DO
Fellow, 2011-2012

Dr. Bica served as an Assistant Residency Director for ECU Department of Family Medicine during the year after his Fellowship where he also participated in exercise testing, osteopathic manipulative therapy and sports medicine curriculum development for the residency program.  He currently holds a position with Affinity Sports Medicine in East Greenwich, RI and is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Brown University Family Medicine Department and Faculty for the Brown University Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Richard Margaitis, DO
Fellow, 2010-2011

Dr. Margaitis practices Family/Sports Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practices at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine where he also serves as team physician.  He also works with Premier Orthopedics and Sports Medicine where he sees patients with orthopedic complaints for two half days per week.  He recently accepted a faculty position with the Department of Family and Neuromuscular Medicine at Florida Hospital in Orlando where he will be teaching, covering local high schools and running a sports medicine and concussion clinic.

Christine Curran, DO
Fellow, 2009-2010

Dr. Curran initially served in private practice with Hudson Valley Bone and Joint Surgeons after completion of her Fellowship.  Her primary specialty is in internal medicine.  More recently, she has been working as a hospitalist in Cleveland, Ohio.

Gavin Vaughn, MD
Fellow, 2008-2009 

Dr. Vaughn initially served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Missouri.  He subsequently joined Appalachian Regional Health Care System with the Department of Surgery and Anesthesiology.  Recently he has elected to take a position with Georgetown Hospital System in South Carolina specializing in non-operative musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

Oana Panea, MD
Fellow, 2007-2008

Dr. Panea has served as a Sports Medicine faculty member with Wake Forest Family Medicine from 2008 to 2011.  During that time she has served as a team physician for Winston Salem State University and was involved with Wake Forest medical school as a teaching faculty for their MS1 and MS2 students.  She is currently doing urgent care/Sports Medicine with Wake Forest Community Physicians.  Finally, she has served as a Sports Medicine physician for US Figure skating in 2011 in Greensboro and is scheduled to do so again next year in January 2015.

Jason Blackham, MD
Fellow, 2006-2007

Dr. Blackham initially served as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Iowa and as assistant team physician for the University of Iowa.  He's currently practicing with Intermountain Health Care/Carlton-Harrison Clinic where he also serves as assistant team physician for Weber State University.

Michael Shaffer, DO
Fellow, 2005-2006

Dr. Shaffer joined the faculty at Texas Tech University Department of Family Medicine after completing his Sports Medicine Fellowship where he also served as an assistant team physician for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.  He subsequently joined the staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in the Division of Sports Medicine and served as a Faculty Physician and the Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship program.  During this time, he also served as assistant team physician for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats.  He currently is working in Ohio for Providence Medical Group.  In addition to family health care, he focuses on acute injuries, injury prevention, conditions related to the female athlete, and general preventative medicine.  As a Doctor of Osteopathy, Dr. Shaffer also actively practices osteopathic manipulative medicine.

Mia Griggs, MD
Fellow, 2004-2005

Dr. Griggs served as a faculty member at AMEP Family Medicine Residency in Austin, Texas after completing her Sports Medicine Fellowship.  During that time, she also helped as assistant team physician for the University of Texas.  She's currently practicing Family/Sports Medicine with Cabarrus Family Medicine in Concord, North Carolina.

M. Craig Whaley, MD
Fellow, 2003-2004

Dr. Whaley has remained in the same practice he joined after fellowship.  He works in a multi-speciality practice owned by Carolina East Hospital in Craven County doing both primary care and Sports Medicine.  He has medical students that rotate through with him from ECU and serves as an ECU affiliate faculty member.

Jorge Rodriguez, DO
Fellow, 2002-2003

Dr. Rodriguez practiced in Cary, NC after fellowship at Carolina Family Practice and Sports Medicine where he also served as assistant team physician for the Carolina Hurricanes, Carolina Ballet and head team physician for Team USA Baseball.  He subsequently served as assistant professor of Family Medicine at UAM's in Little Rock, AR and was team physician for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  He is currently Assistant Professor of orthopedics at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Richard Figler, MD
Fellow, 2001-2002

Dr. Figler initially remained on faculty at East Carolina University Department of Family Medicine after completing his Sports Medicine Fellowship.  He subsequently joined the Cleveland Clinic in 205 and served for several years as the head primary care team physician for the Cleveland Browns.  He continues to work at the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center in the Department of Orthopedics.