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2024 MWC | Dr. Michael O'Malley

Dr. Michael O'Malley is serving as team physician for the U.S. Men's National Team at the IIHF Men's World Championship for the first time in 2024.

Michael O'Malley, M.D., M.S., FAAOS received his B.A. degree in Economics from Colgate University where he was a member of their hockey program. After graduation, he continued to play professional hockey at the minor league level in both the East Coast Hockey League and Central Hockey League. He then decided to pursue a career in medicine, completing both a post-baccalaureate premedical program and a Master's degree in Healthcare Management Systems at Duquesne University. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from Temple University, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Society and graduated with honors. He was also awarded the prestigious John W. Lachman Orthopaedic Award. 

Dr. O'Malley completed his orthopedic residency training at the University of Connecticut Health Center, where he received the Cavazos Award, which is "given yearly to the person who most closely exemplifies an outstanding, well rounded resident, mentor, and role model." He then completed subspecialty fellowship training in sports medicine at the Mayo Clinic. While at the Mayo Clinic, he served as a team physician for both the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Twins. He continues to serve as a team physician for USA Hockey. 

Prior to arriving in Roanoke, Dr. O'Malley was in private practice in Portland, Maine, where he continued to serve athletes at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels, including Bowdoin College Athletics and the Maine Mariners of the East Coast Hockey League.  He currently serves as team physician for Hidden Valley High School, Ferrum College, and a contributing physician for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Dr. O'Malley's interests include minimally invasive arthroscopic surgical techniques for complex injuries of the knee, shoulder, and elbow, as well as general fracture care and joint replacement of the shoulder. Particular areas of interest include multiligamentous knee injuries, cartilage injuries with a focus on joint preservation, orthobiologics and regenerative medicine, lower extremity corrective osteotomy, rotator cuff disease, and shoulder instability. He has been involved in numerous journal and textbook publications on several topics in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Emerging Leaders Program, and the Virginia Orthopaedic Society (VOS). He is currently an active member of the AAOS Board of Counsilors, and serves on the board for the VOS.