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Marci A. Goolsby, MD

Primary Sports Medicine

About Dr. Goolsby


Dr. Marci A. Goolsby is a sports medicine physician at HSS and Medical Director of the Women's Sports Medicine Center. She is also an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. She has served as team physician for the WNBA New York Liberty, USA Olympic Biathlon, and USA Women's Basketball. She is the second Vice President of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine in line to serve as President 2022-2023, where she previously served on the board of directors.

"I strive to help patients reach their goals, whether that is to safely maintain an active lifestyle or to improve their sports performance. I focus on treating the whole patient and understanding the "what" and "why" to help prevent future injury. Together, we can address all aspects of their injury and get them back to doing what they love."

A graduate of Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine, she completed her residency in family medicine at UCLA and remained at UCLA to complete her fellowship in sports medicine. She is board certified in family medicine with a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine.

Dr. Goolsby treats patients for a variety of musculoskeletal complaints seeking non-surgical care. Her main interests are stress fractures and the female athlete triad, which is the related components of nutrition-exercise balance, menstrual function, and bone health. As a prior collegiate basketball player with continued active lifestyle, she understands what it means to be an athlete and focuses on safe return to activity for her patient. She also has a special interest in the care of basketball players, runners and triathletes.

She has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally, sharing her expertise on bone health of the athlete, the female athlete triad, stress fractures, and overuse injuries. She has been involved in multiple clinical research projects in the areas of vitamin D deficiency prevalence in various injuries and stress fracture imaging and risk factors.

Dr. Goolsby has authored and contributed to several scientific publications, chapters, medical journal reviews and articles. She has held several education roles and she is currently part of the editorial board for Current Sports Medicine Reports and co-chair of "Exercise as Medicine" curriculum for Weill Cornell Medical College. She regularly teaches students, residents, and fellows as well as being a mentor and coordinator for the Women's Sports Medicine Center summer internship program.

She enjoys being active with biking, swimming and yoga. In her free time, she looks forward to traveling and experiencing new cultures with her husband and two young children.

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Specialized Centers

Performing Arts Medicine Collaborative
Women's Sports Medicine Center
Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Health
Patellofemoral Center

Special Expertise

Sports Medicine for adolescent and adult patients
Care of active and athletic women 
Caring for runners and triathletes
Female athlete triad
Stress fractures 
Basketball injuries
Athletic pre-participation examinations


Joint and soft tissue injections
Viscosupplementation (hyaluronic acid) injections
Trigger point injections 
Dry needling

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Medical Director, Women's Sports Medicine Center, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
​​​​​​​Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College


Certification of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine, 2010
Board Certified in Family Medicine, 2008


Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2016- 2022
New York Magazine Top Doctor 2021, 2022
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2015- present
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society
Chief Resident, UCLA Family Medicine


Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine


University of California, Los Angeles


University of California, Los Angeles

State Licensure


English, Spanish

For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Goolsby

Patient Education

Blog Posts

Selected Books/Chapters

“Prospective Analysis of Physiological Measures in Amenorrheic and Oligomenorrheic Collegiate Athletes Compared to Eumenorrheic Controls in Response to a Nutritional Intervention”. Abstract (Manuscript in progress). Marci Goolsby, MD, Aurelia Nattiv, MD, and Becci Twombley, RD. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 20(2):139, March 2010.

“Predictors for Incidence and Rate of Bone Stress Injury in Male and Female Collegiate Track Athletes: A Prospective Analysis”. Abstract (Manuscript in progress). Marci Goolsby, MD, Aurelia Nattiv, MD, and Julie Casper, MD. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 18(2):188, March 2008.


Research Interests

Female Athlete Triad
Stress fractures

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 April 10, 2023, Dr. Goolsby reported no relationships with the 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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