Meet Dr. MilliganGulf Coast Healthy Living Magazine Volume 5, Issue 1 - Baptist Medical Group
Michael Milligan, M.D., CAQSM, knows the kind of wear and tear sports can inflict on the body.
He’s lived it as a college athlete making his way through school on a football scholarship and lives it now as a competitive endurance athlete. From a young age, sports and medicine intermingled. It was his high school football coach who pulled him aside and advised him to pursue a career in medicine. Now, Dr. Milligan keeps his feet firmly in both worlds as a primary care sports medicine physician at Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and as an athlete actively competing in ultramarathon running events and long-distance cycling across the U.S.
Before joining Andrews Institute, Dr. Milligan served as the head physician for Northwestern University. Before that, he served as the first head team physician for the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). Dr. Milligan’s practice is not limited to athletes, however. This wealth of knowledge and experience informs the attentive care he provides to patients of all ages and backgrounds.
Getting to know Dr. Milligan
- What do you most enjoy about your role as a primary care sports medicine physician?
- I like the variety of patients I get to take care of. I provide orthopaedic and physical medicine for all levels of activity, children all the way into maturity. I treat everything from concussions and sports anemia to common sprains and arthritis. It’s very satisfying to be able to help patients get back to their life goals, whatever they may be.
- How does your experience as an endurance athlete influence your work?
- Participating in endurance sports provides me with opportunities to help and inspire others. For example, right out of college I cycled with a team from San Francisco to Washington D.C. to raise awareness for people with disabilities. Each day we would stop in a town and either talk to kids in school about disabilities, visit an assisted living facility and help build ramps, or simply spend time with the people there. It was an eye-opening experience that helped me understand on a deep level different ways of physically experiencing the world.