Published on April 09, 2012

Q&A: Orthopedic care

with Dr. Thomas Duffy, orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Thomas Duffy helps weekend warriors and professional athletes with their bone and joint problems and sports medicine concerns. From hospital to ballpark, Dr. Thomas Duffy covers the bases.

Tom DuffyThomas Duffy, DO, loves sports and wanted to be a doctor starting in third grade. So working by day as a respected orthopedic surgeon at Mercy Fitzgerald and volunteering by night as the Camden Riversharks’ team physician is, for Dr. Duffy, a grand slam.

Q. What’s it like being the team physician for a professional team?

This is my 11th season as their team physician. It’s a good fit, since I’m an orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine and joint reconstruction.

Q. How do you help the Riversharks players?

I attend most of the games, and if a player is injured, I determine if he can continue playing or if he needs further examination, whether that’s an X-ray or MRI. When physical therapy is required, I work with the team trainer. If surgery is necessary, I perform the procedure.

Q. How does your volunteer work complement your work at Mercy Fitzgerald?

I’m able to diagnose a wide variety of conditions and understand how a serious athlete versus the weekend warrior responds to different treatments.

Q. If an MLB player phoned you for advice, who would you like that to be?

I’m a diehard Phillies fan, so if Ryan Howard or Chase Utley called, I’d certainly do whatever I could. But let’s hope they both stay healthy this season and neither one needs my help!