Moises Irizarry is a sports medicine doctor with
Mercy Hospital. Jumponmarkslist.com spoke with Dr. Irizarry
to find out how he got started and to find out more about
JOML: How did you get involved in Sports
Dr. Moises Irizarry: Since my early days my
entire family has been involved in sports in one way or
another. Being exposed to the sporting environment and
having started my career in medicine, it was only natural
that I would select Sports Medicine as my main focus.
long have you been with Mercy Hospital?
have been involved with Mercy Hospital since August 2009.
Prior to that I was practicing at Holy Cross Hospital in
Are you originally from here? If not,
where are you from?
No, I am not local. I was born and
raised in Puerto Rico until my arrival in 2006.
injuries do you deal with the most?
Sports Medicine is a misleading name. It
should be known as Musculoskeletal Medicine. However, since
we are the ones who focus on athletes the name is what we
all know. Sports Medicine encompasses a broad area of study.
We focus on treating anywhere from muscle and joint pains,
strains and sprains. Osteoarthritis, weight management,
improved sports performance, exercise prescriptions and
muscle mass gain. Sports hernias, groin strains, lower back
injuries, and regular medical disorders in those who
Have you ever treated any famous athletes?
Yes I have, however, due to HIPAA I
cannot mention any names.
What advice do you give
It is important to note that in many
ways an athlete's (or active person's) body adapts
differently to common conditions. Therefore, treatment
options may vary from that used by the general populace. It
is not only imperative to know what side effects can people
suffer from medication usage, but how can a
medication/foodstuff affect physical performance. Don't just
'wait out' injuries.
How are you different from other
Sports Medicine doctors?
Although not exclusive to them, I
allocate a lot of time to working with the GLBTQ community,
volunteering in many local and international events, from
the Gay Rodeo to the Gay Games. I dedicate as much time as I
need to my patients. Education and rapport is key. You tell
us what your goal is, from getting back to normal to
participating in a triathlon, we'll help you get there.
Dr. Moises Irizarry
3641 S. Miami Ave. Suite 170
Miami, FL 33133