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Kathleen L. Davenport, MD

Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine
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About Dr. Davenport


Dr. Kathleen L. Davenport is a fellowship trained sports, performing arts and dance medicine physician. She is active in research and lectures nationally and internationally to advance wellness in athletes of all abilities and disciplines. Her primary focus is optimizing patient wellness through innovative and collaborative care.

Dr. Davenport completed her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, where she was received an award for Excellence in Medical Humanities and the Joseph Collin's Foundation of New York Scholarship. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. While there, she helped found Seattle Performing Arts and Dance Medicine (SeaPAM), including a free dance medicine clinic. She graduated residency with the Outstanding Resident Research Award, having completed research on dance injuries, dancer access to healthcare, and concussions in soccer players.

Dr. Davenport then completed a Spine and Sports Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where she worked with dance medicine physicians and published articles on hip injuries, and platelet-rich plasma injections.

Dr. Davenport is the Company Physician for Miami City Ballet, serves on the Boards of Directors for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, Seattle Performing Arts and Dance Medicine and Boca Ballet Theatre. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health.

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Specialized Centers

Performing Arts Medicine Collaborative

Special Expertise

Dance Medicine


Fluoroscopic and Ultrasound Guided Injections
Platelet Rich Plasma Injections 
Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections
Lumbar Facet Joint Injections 
Joint Injections
Bursa and Tendon Injections

Patient Stories



If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.



Director of Physiatry, HSS Florida
Physiatrist, HSS Florida


Company Physician, Miami City Ballet
Board of Directors, International Association for Dance Medicine and Science
Board of Directors, Seattle Performing Arts and Dance Medicine
Board of Directors, Boca Ballet Theatre
Executive Committee, Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health
Membership Committee, Performing Arts Medicine Association


Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Board certified in Sports Medicine


Outstanding Resident Research Award, University of Washington, 2012
Excellence in Medical Humanities Award, University of South Florida, 2008
Joseph Collin's Foundation of New York Scholarship Recipient, 2005-2008


Medical: University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL, 2008
Internship: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2009
Residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2012
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, 2013

State Licensure


English, French

For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Davenport

Patient Education

Professional Education

Selected Journal Articles

Editorial Appointments

Column on Dancer Wellness for Danz'n Magazine. 2014-present

Selected Books/Chapters

Davenport, KL. High Yield Physical Examination of Dancers. Invited Lecturer, Wake Forest School of Medicine City of Arts and Innovation Dance Medicine Conference. Salem, NC. 2019

Busenbarrick, H, Davenport KL. Music to Our Ears: Are Dancers at Risk for High Sound Level Exposure? Podium Presentation, PAMA Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA. 2019

Blackmon, M, Davenport KL, Herod Cole H, Kadel N. Value Based Health Care for Professional Dancers. Podium Panel Presentation. Dance/USA Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH. 2019

Schanfein L, Davenport KL. Aqua-exercise for Dancers. Workshop Presentation. PAMA Annual Meeting, Orange, CA. 2018 and Poster Presentation IADMS Annual Conference, Helsinki, Finland 2018.

Davenport, KL. Health Screening in Drag Queen Performing Artists. Poster presented at PAMA Annual Meeting, Orange, CA. 2018

Kadel N, Lewton-Brain P, Davenport KL, McCormack M. The Tale of the Talus: multi-disciplinary panel on the diagnosis and treatment of the talus and hind foot complex in dancers. Podium Panel Presentation. IADMS Annual Conference. Houston, TX. 2017

Bower K, Davenport KL, Anderson BD. Positive Effects of Platelet Rich Plasma Injection: Case Study of 50% Achilles Rupture. Podium Presentation PAMA Annual Conference, New York, New York. 2016 and Poster Presentation IADMS Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. 2015

Kadel, N, Elson L, Manejias E, Davenport KL. Fundamentals of Dance Medicine.Podium Panel Presentation. PAMA Health and Safety in the Arts Conference, Havana Cuba. 2013

Davenport KL, Air M, Grierson MJ, Krabak BJ. Correlation between static and dynamic core strength and rates of injury in collegiate dancers. IADMS Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. 2012

Air ME, Grierson MJ, Davenport KL, Krabak BJ. Improving the doctor-dancer encounter: an examination of healthcare seeking behavior, wants, and needs among community non-patient dancers. Podium Presentation IADMS Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. 2012


Research Interests

  • Exposure to high level sound environments in dancers and performing artists
  • Health screening and injury prevention in dancers and performing artists

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Davenport as of March 23, 2023.

  • BICMD - Consultant
  • Dance/USA - Board or Committee Member
  • International Association for Dance Medicine and Science - Board or Committee Member

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

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