Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Pediatric Sports Medicine Fellowship Program

The Sports Medicine fellowship, with expected ACGME accreditation in January 2021, is a one-year, primarily clinical program designed to train the next generation of leaders in pediatric sports medicine.

Innovative Learning Environment

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s pediatric sports medicine fellowship program offers an innovative, collaborative, personalized and learner-centric environment. Fellows will develop superior skills in delivering family-engaged patient care through a systems-based model, advocating for safety, quality and value-based care, and in advancing scientific research and investigation. The fellow will be required to participate in daily patient care. Additionally, fellows will participate in teaching, didactics, and at least one research or quality improvement project.

Sports Medicine is part of the internationally renowned Institute for Brain Protection Sciences, comprised of the divisions of Neurosurgery, Neurology, Center for Behavioral Health, and Rehabilitative Medicine. Our team collaborates closely with psychology, neuropsychology, neuro-radiology and orthopaedics for a unique approach to family-centered care.

We have the only sports medicine program in the Tampa Bay area focused solely on the care of young athletes. Our mission is to provide the highest quality health care through evidence-based research in the treatment, education, and prevention of sports injuries. Our specialty care services meet the needs of each athlete and include primary care sports medicine, orthopaedics, emergency medicine, radiology, neurosurgery, nutrition, cardiology and sports rehabilitation. 

Rotations in the program will include experiences in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics clinic and Comprehensive Concussion Clinic, Bayfront Health for adult patient care, Eckerd College, and the renowned IMG Academy – a leader in education, training and professional development for young athletes from around the world. Our program provides exclusive medical services at IMG, one of the country’s largest boarding schools.

Our Sports Medicine program was developed to meet the needs of children, adolescents and young adults with sports injuries. The program director is board certified in both family medicine and sports medicine. The team consists of four additional physicians board certified in sports medicine, nine certified athletic trainers, two neuropsychologists, a sports psychologist, nutritionists and a dedicated research assistant. 

The fellow will serve as team physician for one designated high school, in addition to Eckerd College and IMG Academy. There are further opportunities for sports coverage with the Lightning High School Hockey League, Chargers Soccer and mass participation events, with the World’s Strongest Man Championship being held here in recent years.

Research and Investigation

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s sports medicine fellowship program provides the fellow a range of opportunities to pursue research, as well as quality improvement and educational scholarship.

Our Clinical and Translational Research Training Track and other mentoring programs support residents, fellows and junior faculty on a pathway toward independent, successful investigation in clinical and translational research in child health and disease. 

Among the research studies we currently are conducting is an exploration of changes in brain function in high school athletes participating in sports at higher risk for concussion.

Institute for Brain Protection Sciences Overview

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences is one of the few centers in the world with a focus on all aspects of the pediatric brain and central nervous system. We've brought together highly skilled pediatric specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, rehabilitative medicine, psychiatry, psychology, neuropsychology, sports medicine and developmental behavioral medicine to design individualized treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each child.

In addition we collaborate with neuro-oncology, neuroradiology and neuropathology specialists to provide children with a broad spectrum of care. With a full-range of services from diagnosis to follow-up, our team of skilled physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and technologists provides comprehensive care before, during and after hospitalization.

We participate in clinical trials and are committed to scientific research. Our affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine based in Baltimore connects us to even more clinical trials and emerging therapies. 

At a Glance

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Fellows per year: 1
  • Location: Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, a 259-bed academic medical center in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Local high schools where we provide sports medicine services: 5
  • Patients treated for concussions in fiscal year 2020: 385
  • Athletes treated at IMG Academy in fiscal year 2020: 2,131 

Application Information

Requirements:

  • Successful completion of ACGME-accredited General Pediatric Residency
  • Board certification in General Pediatrics
  • Eligible to obtain a Florida Medical License

NOTE: Currently able to sponsor J1 Visas.

Update: The application period for the 2021-22 fellowship program is currently closed. The application period for the 2022-23 fellowship program will open in the coming months.

Program Director

James Toldi, DO Sports Medicine

Dr. Toldi is a sports medicine physician at Johns Hopkins All Children’s. He joined the hospital staff in 2020. He will also serve as director of the hospital’s Pediatric Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. He was most recently medical director of the University of South Alabama Concussion Clinic and the founding Sports Medicine Fellowship Director for the university.
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Associate Program Director

Sarah Irani, MD Sports Medicine

Dr. Irani lpractices in the Sports Medicine program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. During her fellowship, she served as part of the physician team providing coverage for athletic teams at the University of South Florida and Eckerd College as well as youth and NCCA events.
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