The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is proud to feature Evan Stuart Bass, MD, in this issue’s Clinician Profile. Dr. Bass is both a family medicine physician and a primary care sports medicine physician at Southern California Permanente Medical Group. He received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Dr. Bass was the fellowship founder and director of Harbor-UCLA Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship from 2001 to 2007 and is currently the associate fellowship director of that program. He has been a member of ACSM since 1995 and has served as a reviewer for Current Sports Medicine Reports since 2010.
What inspired you to pursue a career in sports medicine?
I was inspired to enter the field of sports medicine by two of my residency/fellowship mentors, Aaron Rubin, MD, FACSM, and Robert E. Sallis, MD, FACSM. I saw sports medicine as a way of offering a nice variety to my family medicine practice. My current practice is a 50/50 mix along with some academics — right where I want it to be.
What is the most common question you are asked as a sports medicine physician?
Unfortunately, the most common question I am asked is, “Why aren’t you going to order an MRI?” Fortunately, office ultrasound has helped me to answer this question and satisfy the patient. We live in a very technology-hungry and -dependent society.
What do you find most rewarding in your current position?
My patients are the most rewarding part of my job. I have known many of my patients for more than 20 years. Most have followed me even though I have moved offices, and others have stayed with me even after they have moved several hours away.
You have been an ACSM member since 1995. How has ACSM grown and changed since you became a member?
ACSM has always been a great organization in my opinion. ACSM’s strength lies in the ability to blend a variety of sports medicine fields and provide a tremendously educational, inspirational, and cutting-edge environment of collaboration.
How has membership in ACSM influenced your career?
My membership with ACSM has helped keep me current with what is going on in the vast field of sports medicine.
What is your best advice to other sports medicine clinicians?
Always pursue your dreams and goals of an ideal practice. Don’t just settle for the job (or the money).
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
In my spare time, I enjoy playing board games, golfing, hiking, biking, and scuba diving. Above all, I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends.
Would you like to share anything else with the readers of Current Sports Medicine Reports?
Keep reading and using Current Sports Medicine Reports. It’s a great source of current information.