USA Health adds third sports medicine physician
During his sports medicine fellowship, Bishop Carmichael, D.O., CAQSM, worked in the University of Kentucky Sports Medicine Clinic, served as a fellow physician for Division I SEC athletic teams, and was a team physician for Eastern Kentucky University and Henry Clay High School.
By Carol McPhail
USA Health has expanded its orthopaedic and sports medicine services with the addition of Bishop Carmichael, D.O., CAQSM, who recently completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
“My goal is to continue to elevate the level of orthopaedic and sports medicine care provided by USA Health to the surrounding area,” said Carmichael, who serves as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery with a joint appointment as an assistant professor of family medicine at the Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine at the University of South Alabama. “I am very excited about the growth of the field and new opportunities provided by USA.”
A native of Lanett, Alabama, Carmichael earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science from Auburn University and graduated from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Auburn before completing a residency in family medicine at the West Virginia University Medicine United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, West Virginia.
While completing his sports medicine fellowship in Kentucky, he worked in the UK Sports Medicine Clinic, served as fellow physician for Division I SEC athletic teams, and was team physician for Eastern Kentucky University and Henry Clay High School.
He joins USA Health’s two board-certified sports medicine physicians: Peter Rippey, M.D., CAQSM, and Sarah McMullin, M.D., CAQSM. The Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine (CAQSM) is the board exam for physicians who complete a sports medicine fellowship.
Carmichael said he has enjoyed a lifelong interest in sports and sports medicine, which allows him to be involved in athletics and to care for an active population. “Primary care sports medicine, specifically, is exciting because many orthopaedic issues can be taken care of without surgery through rehab, nutrition, or office-based procedures, which I particularly enjoy,” he said. “At the end of the day, we are all trying to get athletes back to where they want to be and performing at a high level.”
He said he chose to practice at USA Health because, as an academic health system, it serves a large, diverse population and provides leading-edge care with the latest treatments while also allowing for continued education and teaching. “The established relationship between USA Health and athletics at USA and the surrounding high schools is ideal for a field such as sports medicine,” he said.
USA Health is the official provider of sports medicine for Mobile County public high schools, ACCEL Academy, St. Luke’s Episcopal School, Mobile Ballet, the University of South Alabama, and Spring Hill College.