Irfan Asif, MD
Vice Chair of Academics and Research, Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Asif is the director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and vice chair of Academics and Research in the Department of Family Medicine. He is certified in both family medicine and sports medicine. He has served as a team physician for all levels of athletics, including high school, collegiate, and professional sports programs. He is also the Associate Editor for Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach.
Dr. Asif currently serves on the AMSSM Board of Directors and has provided service on the AMSSM Research, Fellowship, Public Relations, and Annual Meeting Program Planning (Program Chair 2014-2015) Committees. His research has earned honors within sports medicine (2010 AMSSM Best Overall Research Award, 2011 Harry L. Galanty Young Investigators Award) and primary care as a whole (2014 UT GSM Excellence & Leadership in Clinical Research, 2012 Society of Teachers for Family Medicine Best Overall Research Paper). Current investigations explore several domains within sports cardiology, such as the epidemiology of sudden cardiac death in high school and collegiate athletes, a prospective multi-site ECG screening study across all three NCAA divisions, and understanding the psychological impact of cardiovascular screening in young athletes. These scientific contributions have been highlighted internationally during invited lectures to the Spanish Olympic Committee in 2012, the 2014 International Olympic Committee World Conference on the Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport, and a special seminar on Exercise as Medicine in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Asif was also selected for the 1st AMSSM Traveling Fellowship Program (2014) and recently completed a tour of the high level and Olympic sports programs in Australia.
As a teacher, Dr. Asif is committed to education and has been awarded the STFM Resident Teaching Award (2010) and the University of Tennessee Faculty Teaching Award (2012). He has served as the chair of the AMSSM Sports Medicine In-Service Training Exam (ITE) subcommittee, which writes the ITE yearly to prepare sports medicine physicians to pass the Sports Medicine CAQ Exam. He is currently the chair of the AMSSM Fellowship Committee.
Aside from typical orthopedic conditions, such as knee and shoulder injuries, he enjoys caring for medical conditions in athletes and physically active individuals such as sports concussions, cardiac arrest, heat illness, and many others. He is proficient in musculoskeletal ultrasound and many new treatment modalities in sports medicine.
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Kyle J. Cassas, MD, FACSM, FAAFP
Program Director, PCSM Fellowship Program
Clinical Associate Professor of Sports Medicine
Department of Family Medicine
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Medical Director-Acceleration Sports Institute
Kyle J. Cassas, M.D., is a primary care sports medicine specialist with the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas. His focus and expertise includes the non-operative care of orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries encountered in athletes of all levels. His professional interests include Endurance Athletes (Runners, Cyclists and Triathletes), Concussion, Endurance and Sports Nutrition, Sports Performance and Injury Prevention.
Earning his medical degree from the University of Nevada in 1997, Dr. Cassas then completed a surgical internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He then completed residency training in family medicine at St Paul Hospital, followed by fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Methodist Hospitals of Dallas in 2002. During his fellowship he provided care for athletes at Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, Dallas Baptist University, and was also a team physician for Desoto high school. He was also a volunteer physician for the Justin Sportsmedicine team providing care to local and professional rodeo athletes.
Dr. Cassas remained at Charlton Methodist Medical Center after his fellowship and served as associate director of the sports medicine fellowship program, assistant director of the family medicine residency, and assistant professor for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine. He was actively involved in the education of medical students, family medicine residents, and sports medicine fellows.
Dr. Cassas moved to the Upstate in 2005 to join the Steadman Hawkins team and to start a primary care sports medicine fellowship which he serves as program director. Dr. Cassas has also served as medical director of the GHS Athletic Training Network and as team physician for USC Upstate, North Greenville University, and Greenville county schools such as Berea and Woodmont high school. He has also served as race physician and medical director of the US PRO Cycling Championships held in Greenville SC.
Dr. Cassas is an active member and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Affiliate Member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and is Board Certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Primary Care Sports Medicine.
Dr. Cassas enjoys spending time with family and is a member of Grace Church in Greenville, S.C. He has participated in Medical Mission work travelling with his team to Nicaragua. His hobbies include golf, running, cycling and competing as an age-group triathlete-finisher of the 2010 Augusta 70.3 half-ironman.
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W. Franklin Sease, Jr, MD, FAAFP
Associate Program Director
Clinical Associate Professor of Sports Medicine
Department of Family Medicine
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Director of Resident Sports Medicine Education
Medical Director, Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine
Dr. Sease practices primary care sports medicine. He focuses on non-operative care of musculoskeletal conditions and sports injury or illness. His treatment plans are centered on keeping people active through illness and injury.
Dr. Sease is a native of South Carolina. He received both his bachelor’s degree and medical degree from The University of South Carolina. After a residency in family medicine (Spartanburg, SC), he continued his post graduate medical education at The University of Pittsburgh where he completed fellowships in sports medicine as well as a faculty development fellowship (academic medicine). Prior to joining Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas he was in private practice in Asheville, NC.
Dr. Sease is board certified in family medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in sports medicine. He enjoys treating athletes and performers of all levels, with special interests in treating endurance athletes, golfers, and pediatrics. He is currently the team physician for USA Karate.
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Andrew Albano, DO
Dr. Albano is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) with a Certificate of Additional Qualification (CAQ) in Sports medicine. He specializes in the evaluation and management of the full spectrum of sports related injuries and ailments. Dr. Albano is an alumnus of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine where he earned his medical degree. Following medical school, he completed a one year rotating internship at Southampton Hospital on Long Island and a Family medicine residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. During his final year of residency, Dr. Albano served as chief resident. After residency, he completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia where he worked closely with the Philadelphia Phillies organization under the tutelage of the physicians and surgeons of the Rothman Institute. Upon completing fellowship, Dr. Albano joined the Rothman Institute practicing primary care sports medicine before relocating to Greenville as a member of the GHS Department of Family Medicine and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.
In his leisure time, Dr. Albano enjoys high intensity interval training, golf and delicious craft beer with his wife. He is actively expanding his hobbies to include cooking, and woodworking.
Sean T. Bryan, MD, FAAFP
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Greenville Health System
Dr. Sean Bryan is the chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Greenville Health System. He was born, raised and completed all of his formal schooling and medical training in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in 1995, completed his Family Medicine Residency at Chestnut Hill Hospital in 1998, and completed his Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Jefferson Medical College in 1999. His career in academic medicine began in the summer of 1999 when he moved to Albany, Georgia to join the Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Residency as an entry level faculty member. There he started and directed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, was promoted to Family Medicine Residency Director, and directed both programs for four years. While in Georgia, Dr. Bryan also completed the AFMRD’s prestigious National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship and served as elected Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. He left Albany in 2008 for Clearwater, Florida to join the University of South Florida – Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency as Program Director, started a second Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship there in 2009, and directed both programs until March of 2013. While in Clearwater, he completed a two-year term on the Executive Board of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine and served on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He also served as a medical team physician for the Philadelphia Phillies, Clearwater Threshers, Tampa Bay Storm, University of South Florida Athletics, and multiple Pinellas County high schools.
Dr. Bryan currently serves on the editorial board for Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach and as a section editor for Current Sports Medicine Reports. He is an active member of multiple professional organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine, and the American College of Physician Executives. He’s given numerous scientific presentations at the state, regional and national levels; co-authored a book chapter and several articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals; and been included in the Best Doctors in America® database since 2009.
On a personal note, Dr. Bryan lives in the Greenville area with his wife and two children. Dr. Bryan’s wife is a successful realtor and also enjoys interior designing. Both of their children are avid soccer players. In his spare time, Dr. Bryan enjoys golfing, lifting weights, shooting baskets and billiards, traveling, sporting events, rock concerts, musicals and comedy.
Matthew Baird, MD
Dr. Baird is an emergency and sports medicine physician who joined the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas in August of 2011. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Virginia. He went on to complete his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona where he served as a team physician for the U of A athletics program, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and various high school athletic programs. Prior to moving to the Upstate he practiced as an emergency physician in central Virginia.
Dr. Baird is board certified in emergency medicine with a CAQ in primary care sports medicine. He has specific interests in non-surgical musculoskeletal care, emergency preparedness, airway management, and mass event coverage. He currently lives in Greer with his wife, Sara.
Neha Chowdhary, MD
Dr. Chowdhary is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, who also has a subspeciality in Primary Care Sports Medicine. She received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she also completed an Internship in Internal Medicine. She completed her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Kansas Medical Center. While she served her fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Baton Rouge General Hospital, she was one of the team physicians for Louisiana State University athletics in addition to multiple local high schools. She also holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Chowdhary enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, watching sports and playing sports. She also speaks multiple languages including Hindi and Punjabi.
Matthew A. Close, DO
Matthew Close, D.O specializes in the non-operative care of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions. He is a graduate from the University of Northern Iowa, and went on to pursue a medical degree from Des Moines University. After earning his doctorate degree, he completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Subsequently, he came to the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas to complete a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine. In his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, and drawing.
Jim Ellis, MD
Medical Director of Network Ambulatory Practice for MyHealth First Network
Team Physician Atlanta Falcons
Dr. Jim Ellis attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated from medical school at Louisiana State University in New Orleans and finished an emergency medicine residency at Charity Hospital. Dr. Ellis founded a 40-physician ER group in Atlanta, where he practiced for 15 years. He is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and his professional interests include venue medicine. He is the emergency physician for the Atlanta Falcons and works with the NFL to coordinate medical care for teams in the Super Bowl.
Bobby Masocol, MD
Dr. Robert Masocol is a board-certified family medicine physician who recently completed his residency training at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia. He is originally from Rocklin, California (just outside Sacramento) and participated in a variety of sports and outdoor activities. He received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at U.C. Irvine and an M.D. from Ross University School of Medicine. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at Greenville Health System/Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas and subsequently joined as faculty at the Center for Family Medicine. He has served as team physician for Blue Ridge High school athletics, North Greenville University, Greenville Drive and USA Karate. He has also provided medical coverage for endurance events such as the Paracycling World Championships, Ironman triathlons, and the Collegiate Club National Championship Triathlon. Currently, he serves as team physician for Berea High school. His clinical interests include musculoskeletal ultrasound, fracture care, medical education and primary care. Dr. Masocol will take the lead in educating medical students and residents in our new Lifestyle Medicine clinic. He enjoys an active lifestyle and looks forward to snowboarding each winter. He is married and has one child.
Michelle Wilson, MD
Dr. Wilson completed her undergraduate work at Liberty University. She completed medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine and did her residency training in family medicine. She also completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Palmetto Richland Hospital. She is board certified in family medicine and holds a CAQ in sports medicine. Dr. Wilson has served as a team physician for multiple high schools, USC Upstate, and the University of South Carolina. With her fellowship training in sports medicine, she has a special interest in the musculoskeletal injuries of female athletes.