|Dr. O’Kane, ranked as a "Top Doctor" in the category of "Sports Medicine" according to Seattle Magazine (September 2007), grew up in Vermont attending Dartmouth College. He was a varsity letter winner in football and directed the Dartmouth Ski School as an undergraduate. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Biology and attended medical school at the University of Vermont where he was awarded membership in the AKA medical honor society. He completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Washington and then helped develop and was the first fellow in the University of Washington primary care sports medicine fellowship. He and his wife and two young children have lived in Seattle since 1993 and they could not imagine a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
Dr. O’Kane enjoys research, teaching, and clinical care but most enjoys the relationships he forms with his patients over the years as they partner to help each individual pursue and achieve their athletic goals. He loves sports medicine practice because of the patients high expectations of themselves, their strong work ethic, and their persistence in pursuing their goals. Serving as a team physician at the University of Washington of Washington for 10 years is the highlight of his professional life. He also particularly enjoys working with adolescent athletes, helping them navigate their athletic pursuits through one of the most challenging but also rewarding times in their lives.
What is your treatment philosophy?
Dr O’Kane believes strongly that patients and physicians must form a partnership to address their health concerns and physical limitations. Modern medicine is extraordinary complex and patients have unlimited access to good and bad medical information. He seeks to help patients identify the good information, understand the issues that are most relevant to their situation, and guide them in their decision making.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
Dr. O’Kane spends his free time playing with his children, skiing, golfing, and biking. He also enjoys playing guitar.
What is the focus of your teaching efforts?
Dr. O’Kane teaches a course in the medical school to introduce second year students to the world of sports medicine. He also teaches sports medicine to residents and medical students and enjoys teaching in the community through lecturing and UWTV.
What do your most recent research efforts focus on?
Dr. O’Kane is currently involved in raising funds to pursue a large study concerning youth soccer injuries and injury prevention.
What is the focus of your clinical efforts?
Medical and Orthopaedic sports medicine services for pediatric and adult athletes.
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