WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana - Purdue University's athletic squads have a new team member to assist in providing each student-athlete a state-of-the-art system of medical care.
Carly Day, MD, a member of Franciscan Physician Network, has been appointed Head Team Physician of Purdue. In that role, she will oversee all aspects of medical care for more than 500 student-athletes at the Big Ten Conference university.
Dr. Day will provide coverage for all 18 Purdue intercollegiate athletics programs: football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's golf, women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track & field/cross country, women's volleyball and wrestling, as well as the spirit squad.
"Purdue University has a storied history in sports and continues to promote excellence both on the playing field and in academics," said Terry Wilson, president and CEO for Franciscan Health Western Indiana. "We're honored that Dr. Day will lead a team of clinicians who will provide stellar care to these young athletes. Our commitment is to provide Purdue with a full-time primary care sports medicine physician who will function as the head team physician and be assigned exclusively to Purdue Athletics Department."
Dr. Day, who officially takes on her role December 17, 2018, will oversee the provision of medical care to student-athletes on campus, including the referral of patients to healthcare facilities, specialists and diagnostic services, such as imaging and laboratory services. Additionally, she will provide medical supervision for the Purdue athletic trainers and physical therapists. Dr. Day will have an office and exam rooms at Mackey Arena and will maintain a student-athlete clinic Monday through Friday.
"Dr. Day is a perfect fit for our sports medicine model," Purdue vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics Mike Bobinski said. "She is a professional with high integrity, has a history of demonstrating genuine interest in the care of student-athletes and is experienced in working with high-level athletes. We are excited to welcome Carly and her family to Purdue Athletics and the community. Furthermore, this appointment strengthens our relationship with Franciscan Health, and we appreciate their continued support of Purdue Athletics."
A native of Cleveland, Dr. Day most previously served as the head primary care physician at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. She also held an academic appointment of Clinical Associate Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. She currently is a team physician for the United States U-20 women's national soccer team.
Dr. Day received an undergraduate degree in Zoology (summa cum laude with honors) at Miami University in Ohio and earned her medical degree from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, where she completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She later completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City,
During her professional and academic career, Dr. Day has received numerous honors and accolades. In 2017, she was listed among "Top Doctors" by Cleveland Magazine. She's a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and Cleveland Clinic Women's Professional Staff Association.