Dr. Todd McGrath is a sports medicine specialist at HSS. In addition to general sports medicine and acute orthopedic injuries, he offers minimally invasive procedures in the office setting using bedside ultrasound imaging for guidance. This includes joint and soft tissue injections, procedures to improve chronic tendinopathy and platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP). Dr. McGrath also treats sports related concussions, performs biomechanical/gait assessment in runners and cyclists, performs exertional compartment pressure testing and focuses on treatment of the endurance athlete.
Dr. McGrath graduated from New Mexico State University and received his medical degree from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. After practicing emergency medicine, he completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Cone Health System in Greensboro, NC, where he obtained advanced training in non-operative sports medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and care of the runner and endurance athlete.
Dr. McGrath has served as team physician at the high school, college and professional level. He was the medical director of the Trans-Sylvania MTB Epic stage race for 6 years and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League. He has traveled as the team physician with US Soccer's national teams and was the venue medical director for international soccer events in Philadelphia, including the Copa America Tournament. He has published numerous articles and book chapters in both emergency medicine and sports medicine. He has been an invited lecturer on musculoskeletal ultrasound and sports medicine at numerous meetings, conferences and universities.
Dr. McGrath has a strong personal and professional interest in the endurance athlete. He has competed on the national and international level as a triathlete, was a multiple-time USA Triathlon All-American, competed at the Ironman Triathlon World Championships, completed 8 Ironman length triathlons and represented the United States at the ITU Long Course Triathlon World Championships. As time permits, he continues to compete at a high level. His experiences, in addition to his professional training, give him a unique understanding of the endurance athlete and their medical care.
Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Acute injury management
Biomechanics and gait assessment in runners
Exertional compartment pressure testing
Musculoskeletal ultrasound procedures
Exertional compartment pressure testing
Joint and soft tissue injections/aspirations
Musculoskeletal ultrasound guided procedures
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 2001
Drexel University College of Medicine, Emergency Medicine, 2002
Drexel University College of Medicine, Emergency Medicine, 2004
Cone Health System/UNC Sports Medicine, 2015
Diplomat American Board of Emergency Medicine
Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine (CAQSM)
Griswold-Theodorson S, Farabaugh E, Handly N, McGrath T, Wagner D. Subclavian Central Venous Catheters and Ultrasound Guidance: Policy versus Practice. Journal of Vascular Access 2013;14(2):104-10.
McGrath TM, Yehl MA. Injury and Illness in Mountain Bicycle Stage Racing: Experience from the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic Race. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine 2012; 23(4):356-9.
McGrath TM, Farabaugh EA, Pickett MJ, Wagner DK, Griswold-Theodorson S. Obesity hinders ultrasound visualization of the subclavian vein: implications for central venous access. Journal of Vascular Access 2012;13(2): 246 – 250.
McGrath TM. The key to left cheek weakness. Journal of Emergency Medicine 2012;43(1):e61-2.
McGrath T, Hamilton R. Hyperbaric oxygen in the treatment of venomous snake bites, editorial perspective. Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine 2010;37(6):393-394.
McGrath TM, Murphy C. Comparison of a SAM Splint Molded Cervical Collar to the Philadelphia Cervical Collar. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. 2009;20(2):166-8.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
"Injection Therapies in Sports Medicine," Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress, June 17th, 2016
"Environmental Influences on Injury and Illness Patterns in Mountian Bicycle Racing," McGrath TM. Research poster and oral presentation at the annual meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, April 2015
"High School Football Player with an Older Man's Injury: A Unique Case for Surgical Correction," McGrath TM. Case report poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, April 2015
"Mandatory and recommended helmet use among United States Ski Resorts" Bogh S, McGrath T, Nocera R. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, April 2013
"The effect of level of training on emergency medicine residents' health, lifestyle, wellness, and professional satisfaction." Ramoska EA, McGrath TM. Oral presentation at the national meeting of SAEM, June 6, 2010. (presented by Ramoska)
"Environmental Heat Illness", Temple University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, May 13, 2010.
"Shiver and Shake: Heat and Cold Injuries/Illness" at the Mid-Atlantic Student Wilderness Medicine Conference at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, April 11, 2010.