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Kathleen L. Davenport, MD

Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine

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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Special Expertise

Performing Arts Medicine
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

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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


University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, FL, 2008


University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2009


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2012


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, 2013

State Licensure


English, French

For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Davenport

Patient Education

Professional Education

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

Selected Journal Articles

Davenport KL, Air M, Matthew J Grierson MJ , Krabak BJ. Examination of static and dynamic core strength and rates of reported dance related injury in collegiate dancers: a cross-sectional study. J Dance Med Sci. 20(4):151-161, 2016.

Davenport KL, Campos JS, Nguyen J, Saboeiro G, Adler RS, Moley PJ. Ultrasound-Guided Intratendinous Injections With Platelet-Rich Plasma or Autologous Whole Blood for
Treatment of Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy: A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial. J Ultrasound Med. 34(8):1455-63, 2015.

Davenport KL, Simmel L, Kadel N. Hallux Valgus in Dancers: A closer look at dance technique and its impact on dancers' feet. J Dance Med Sci. 18(2):86-92, 2014.

Mamie Air ME, Grierson MJ, Davenport KL, Krabak BJ. Dissecting the doctor-dancer relationship: healthcare decision making among American collegiate dancers. PM R. 6(3):241-9, 2014.

Shenouda C, Hendrickson P, Davenport K, Barber J, Bell KR. The effects of concussion legislation one year later--what have we learned: a descriptive pilot survey of youth soccer player associates. PM R. 4(6):427-35, 2012.

Davenport KL, Huang CH, Davenport MP, Davenport PW. Relationship between Respiratory Load Perception and Perception of Nonrespiratory Sensory Modalities in Subjects with Life-Threatening Asthma. Pulm Med. 2012:310672, 2012.

Davenport KL, Julius SM and Davenport PW. Perception of Inspiratory Resistive (R) Loads in Asthmatic Children with Attention Deficit Disorder. Clinical Medicine: Circulatory, Respiratory and Pulmonary. 1: 7–14, 2007.

Julius SM, Davenport KL and Davenport PW. Perception of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Respiratory Loads in Children with Life-Threatening Asthma. Pediatric Pulmonology, 34(6): 425-433, 2002.


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

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of March 06, 2023, Dr. Davenport reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

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