COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dr. Donald LeMay, a primary care physician with the Ohio State Sports Medicine Center, was selected Team Physician of the Year by the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association and received his award at the OATA Symposium’s Awards Banquet last week. LeMay works primarily with the men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as the sports housed at Steelwood (fencing, wrestling, gymnastics) and cheerleading.
This award is given annually to physicians nominated by athletic trainers in recognition for their work with high school and collegiate athletes and their support for the profession of athletic training. LeMay is the third Ohio State physician to receive the award, joining Dr. John Lombardo (2000) and Dr. Grant Jones (2007).
“Since joining the OSU Sports Medicine Center in 2004, Dr. Lemay has always demonstrated a great commitment to quality care for athletes,” Dr. Chris Kaeding, co-medical director at the Ohio State Sports Medicine Center, said. “In addition to the Buckeyes, he has also been a lead in our efforts to provide care for athletes in the Columbus City Schools. Anyone who has worked with Don has experienced his energy and passion for sports medicine. This award is very well deserved and we are proud to have him as part of our sports medicine team.”
LeMay is in his sixth year as a Buckeye, joining the Sports Medicine Center at The Ohio State University Medical Center in the summer of 2004 after completing a sports medicine fellowship at the Toledo Hospital where he served as a team physician for University of Toledo athletics and the city’s minor league baseball and ice hockey teams.
“Dr. LeMay is so well-deserving of this award,” Thad Matta, men’s basketball head coach, said. “He has been an invaluable asset to our program and the care and attention he provides our student-athletes is second to none. Our athletes and staff are in a better position to succeed because we have Dr. LeMay on our side.”
Along with his duties with the Ohio State University Department of Athletics, he currently serves as the OSU sports medical liaison for Columbus City Schools, the head team physician for Columbus State University and a member of the OSU Dance Medicine team.
LeMay received family practice residency training at Forest Park Hospital in St. Louis, where he also staffed the emergency department. He also has served as a staff physician in the emergency department of EM Care/South Pointe Hospital in St. Louis. LeMay served as a team physician to St. Louis high school and university athletic teams, including men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball and women’s field hockey.
He earned his D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northeast Missouri State University in 1996.