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Marci A. Goolsby, MD

Primary Sports Medicine

About Dr. Goolsby


Dr. Goolsby is a sports medicine physician and member of the HSS Sports Medicine Institute. She serves as the Medical Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Center (WSMC) and Director of Patient Care and Quality of the Primary Sports Medicine Service. In addition to clinical and administrative responsibilities at HSS, Dr. Goolsby is the Director of Sports Medicine for the WNBA and President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. She has been to the Olympics with the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee and with US Biathlon. She was team physician for the WNBA’s New York Liberty for 10 years.

“I strive to keep my patients active and healthy to achieve their movement goals through a comprehensive approach. I try my best to understand and address both the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of my patients’ issues to form the ideal treatment approach that includes recovery as well as future prevention. Collaborating with other members of the WSMC, HSS clinicians, and external providers is a critical part of my approach to a patient’s care to get them back to what they love to do in life and sport.”

A graduate of Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine, Dr. Goolsby 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 and sports medicine. She regularly teaches students, residents and fellows and serves as mentor for the WSMC summer internship program.

Dr. Goolsby treats patients for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions seeking non-surgical care. Her main clinical and research interests are bone health in athletes, stress fractures and the female and male athlete triad/RED-S. As a prior collegiate basketball player, she understands what it means to be an athlete and focuses on safe return to activity for her patients.

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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


Medical Director, WNBA 
President, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine


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


Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2016-2023
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2015-2020
New York Magazine: Top Doctors: 2021-2023 
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

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

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.

As of April 10, 2023, Dr. Goolsby reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

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.

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