UTRGV SOM Sports Medicine Fellowship

UTRGV SOM Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
Program Director - Jimmy Gonzales, MD CAQSM

Operating as usual


Come join us tonight for UTRGV SOM Walk with a Future Doc where are very own Sports Faculty Dr. Evan Perez will be leading the talk on BMI! UTRGV School of Medicine


Home opener for UTRGV Women’s Soccer! We have a big team today! (Dr. Salcedo UTRGV PGY3, Dr. Farhan Sports Med Fellow, Dr. Perez - Sports Faculty
Dr. Yi PGY1)

Timeline photos 04/15/2022

Our faculty and fellows are the team physicians for the now 4 time NBA G League Championship RGV Vipers!!! We cover every home game ensuring the health and safety of the players including the opposing team if needed. It was another great year working with the team and we look forward to many more!

2022 NBA G League Champions⭐

We do this 4 you, Vipers fans!


Come visit our booth at the AMSSM fellowship fair Tuesday morning! Or say hi before then! Jimmy Gonzales Sam Saunders Atanacio Gómez Alejandra E. Gonzalez Vega

Photos from UTRGV SOM Sports Medicine Fellowship's post 03/25/2022

Our fellowship offers wellness Wednesdays! Every month where there is 5 Wednesdays we do a wellness activity. Yesterday we went to Dave and Busters! Won a lot of tickets and had a lot of fun!
Jimmy Gonzales Sam Saunders


UTRGV Baseball opening night!!! We’re providing sports medicine coverage! Left to Right - Dr. Sam Saunders, Dr. Gomez and Dr. Perez . UTRGV Athletics UTRGV Baseball

Photos from UTRGV SOM Sports Medicine Fellowship's post 02/17/2022

We are the team physicians for the NBA G-League RGV Vipers!!! Our Fellow Dr. Saunders is pictured on the bench providing coverage! Faculty Dr. Perez with the thumbs up under our UT Health scoreboard ad!


Wednesday afternoons we have our didactics. This includes lectures, journal club, board review and ultrasound scan time to name a few things. Our fellows Drs. Gomez and Saunders are joined this month by one of our UTRGV Knapp FM PGY-3s (Dr. Igwe) and UTRGV DHR IM PGY3 (Dr. Hammad). Our fellowship PD Dr. Gonzales is leading the teaching.


Double header today! We get to cover our UTRGV men and women’s basketball teams at Bert Ogden Arena!

'The Students have Spoken' - UTRGV Athletics 11/11/2021

'The Students have Spoken' - UTRGV Athletics

This is exciting! Happy to serve as team physicians!

'The Students have Spoken' - UTRGV Athletics RIO GRANDE VALLEY – UTRGV students have voted in favor of a proposal to support programs aided by a future increase in the intercollegiate athletics fee.


Our very own Dr. Perez!

We’re getting to know Dr. Evan D. Perez, an RGV native of Edinburg!

Dr. Perez utilizes the latest, evidenced-based non-surgical care for children and adults whether they consider themselves to be non-athletes, active people, athletes, “weekend warriors,” or occupational injuries. He treats acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as sprains, strains, tendonitis, stress fractures, concussions, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger points, osteoarthritis, and more. He also provides school preparticipation exams, evaluation of athlete EKGs and can help assist with return to play decisions. Dr. Perez utilizes ultrasound to assist with quick bedside diagnostics along with injection procedures.

Dr. Perez is part of our UTPA alumni, and has been a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician at our clinical practice, UT Health RGV, since August 2018. Additionally, he’s a team physician for the UTRGV Vaqueros, UTRGV Athletics, USL RGVFC Toros, and the NBA G-League Vipers.

Dr. Perez is fulfilling his dream of returning to the RGV to transform the quality of health care for patients. We’re happy to have you here, Dr. Perez!


Dr. Evan Perez and Dr. Jimmy Gonzales covering UTRGV Women’s soccer last night! Credit to our Sports Fellow Dr. Sam Saunders for snapping this photo!


Dr. Sam Saunders and Dr. Jimmy Gonzales covering a recent RGV Toros game!


Congratulations to our 2 recent graduates! They both passed their Sports Medicine Board exams! Job well done!
(Dr. Claflin and Dr. Zhang)

Photos from UTRGV SOM Sports Medicine Fellowship's post 07/28/2021

This past weekend our fellows were in Denver for their annual sports medicine conference! So, one of our Family Medicine Faculty, Dr. Cepeda, helped cover our USL RGV Toros game!

Photos from UTRGV SOM Sports Medicine Fellowship's post 07/05/2021

Yesterday, one of our new sports medicine fellows, Dr. Atanacio Gomez, along with faculty Dr. Evan Perez , covered our friendly soccer match between USL RGV Toros and C. F Monterrey for the inaugural Copa Independencia!

Photos from UTRGV SOM Sports Medicine Fellowship's post 07/02/2021

A year goes by fast! We graduated our 2nd class of sports medicine fellows! Congratulations Dr. Claflin and Dr. Zhang and we wish you luck on your future endeavors!


Our very own Dr. Perez is being featured on the TMA Takeover Tuesday all day today!

Hi, I’m Evan D. Perez, MD, and I’m excited to be taking over the TMA page today! I’ll be taking you through a day in the life of an academic primary care sports medicine physician. I typically start my day being woken up by my daughter, Aleina. My wife, Aniella, and I enjoy being silly with our daughter. Then we transition to the kitchen where I have coffee and we eat breakfast. Depending on the day, I go to a different academic or clinical site.


Having fun in our AMSSM Sports medicine fellowship fair with our prior, current and future fellows! Clockwise from top left. Dr. Gonzales (program director), Dr. Perez (faculty), Dr. Claflin (fellow), Dr. Chivukula (prior fellow), Dr. Saunders (incoming fellow), Dr. Zhang (fellow).


One of our sports fellows Dr. Claflin performing a bedside ultrasound our portable ultrasound. This is one of the great learning tools available to our sports fellows!


Deepu George, PhD (faculty) and Jimmy Gonzales, MD
CAQSM (program director) recently had the opportunity to travel with our Vaqueros basketball teams to Las Vegas to make sure our athletes were healthy and mentally game ready!


We’re providing sports medicine coverage for UTRGV volleyball tonight with sports Fellow Dr. Claflin and Sports Faculty Dr. Perez!


Fantastic night to cover our UTRGV Women’s Soccer team. Our Sports Fellow Dr. Zhang is providing medical coverage along with Sports faculty Dr. Perez.


Great weather to cover Women’s soccer!


Our 1st class of Sports Medicine Fellows graduated (Congrats to Dr. Chivukula and Dr. Gonzalez) and our new Fellows started on July 1st! Welcome Dr. Zhang and Dr. Claflin! We are hopeful for a safe return of Sports!


We'd like to wish the best of luck to our UTRGV Men's and Women's basketball teams at the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas this week! Our Sports Medicine Director Dr. Jimmy Gonzales will be there to help keep our athletes healthy! Let's hope they bring home the titles! (Photo is from when UTRGV Volleyball won in 2018).


Our Sports Medicine Fellows (Dr. Alejandra Gonzalez and Dr. Archana Chivukula) took part in Emergency Sideline Coverage Training with one of our local school districts. Our Sports Faculty Dr. Evan Perez assisted in the training!


At the start of the year our Sports Fellows took part in Casting/Splinting training and helped teach Family Medicine Residents!


Here's a flashback to our Program Director Dr. Jimmy Gonzales showing his Championship ring from being a team physician with the NBA G-League RGV Vipers! Our fellows are part of the coverage for these games as well!


Here's one of our Sports Medicine Faculty Dr. Perez at a UTRGV Vaqueros Baseball game!


We believe wellness is a key to happiness. At our Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program every month that there is a 5th Wednesday is a wellness day.
Fellow - Dr. Archana Chivukula during one of our wellness days.


As part of our Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program our Fellows get the opportunity to give lectures to Family Medicine Residents. Here is one of our Fellows, Dr. Alejandra Gonzalez giving a lecture on concussions.

Photos from UTRGV SOM Sports Medicine Fellowship's post 02/21/2020

Back in January, our Sports Medicine Fellows had the opportunity to help volunteer with medical coverage at the Houston Marathon gaining valuable experience that will help them in their future endeavors!


Throwback Thursday! Our Sports Medicine Fellowship Faculty and residents from the Family Medicine program at the April 2019 annual American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) meeting in Houston, TX where they presented a Sports Medicine educational poster.
(Left to Right) Resident Dr. Sam Saunders, Program Director Dr. Jimmy Gonzales, Resident Dr. Josh Wood, Sports Faculty Dr. Evan D. Perez.





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