As the newest member of the MCMC | OHSU Orthopedics medical/surgical team, sports medicine specialist Dr. Cullen has not only devoted his career to getting athletes back into the game after a sports injury, he also truly enjoys watching any sport played.
From injury to diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and return to play, Dr. Cullen provides total care for athletes of all ages.
“Sports Medicine is more than excellent surgery,” Dr. Cullen says. “It is about easy access to care from the day of injury, accurate diagnosis, excellent rehabilitation and good communication with parents, coaches, and trainers about the athlete’s progress – it is total care of the athlete from beginning to end.”
Dr. Cullen says there’s no question that athletes in The Dalles area are going to know who is.
“As a sports medicine specialist, I enjoy being out on the sidelines. I’m not content to sit in the office waiting for patients to come to me,” he says. “I go to where sports are played because it is what I do and what I love to do. Following a full day at the office and on weekends, I go watch and cover cross-country, volleyball, soccer, track, baseball, football; you name it, I love it.”
Originally from the Northeast, Dr. Cullen relocated to Atlanta following completion of his training. Over 15 years, he developed the region’s premier sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery practice, becoming the go-to specialist for athletes.
Contrary to what the term might imply, sports medicine involves much more than treating competitive athletes, Dr. Cullen says. “It involves care of young athletes with ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears and weekend warriors who have suffered overuse injuries like rotator cuff tears, tendonitis and muscle strains. I’ve had patients who tore an ACL during a tug of war or while teaching a child to skip.”
Dr. Cullen is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. After earning his medical degree, he completed a five-year orthopedic surgery residency-training program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He received additional sports medicine training in the premier fellowship program at Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center. Dr. Cullen is board certified in orthopedic surgery.