MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine sports medicine physicians Douglas Evans, MD, and Haemi Choi, MD, have been named official team physicians for USA Hockey’s men’s and women’s teams at the Winter World University Games January 28 to February 8 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Dr. Choi will be team doctor for the women’s hockey team and Dr. Evans will care for the men’s hockey team. Dr. Choi, a family physician, and Dr. Evans, an orthopaedic surgeon, both specialize in treating sports injuries.
“Dr. Evans and I will be able to bring Loyola surgical and medical expertise to the frontlines of competitive hockey,” Dr. Choi said. “We look forward to helping ensure the U.S. teams are healthy and prepared to meet the challenges of the Winter Games.”
Dr. Evans said he and Dr. Choi are prepared to treat injuries including concussions, lacerations and shoulder problems. “Hockey is an extremely physical sport, so we expect to be busy treating all types of collision injuries throughout the games,” Dr. Evans said.
Drs. Evans and Choi said they look forward to the opportunity to care for elite athletes and to represent their country on an international stage. “This event also is a wonderful opportunity to interact with other sports medicine physicians from around the world,” Dr. Evans said.
The World University Games is the largest winter multi-sports event for student athletes. It draws more than 2,500 participants from more than 50 countries. The U.S. hockey teams include elite players from college hockey teams affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association.