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Katherine Dec, MD, FAAPMR, FAMSSM

Professor
199 Ratings
40 Comments
Specialties

Sports medicine, Concussion/traumatic brain injury

Board Certifications

Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Locations

Sports Medicine
1300 West Broad Street, Suite 113
Richmond, VA 23284
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Children's Pavilion
1000 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Short Pump Pavilion (formerly Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center)
11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233
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Areas of interest

Sports medicine injuries – whether team or individual sport
Sports concussion
Acute sports muscle and skeletal injuries
Dance injuries
Running/swimming/cycling injuries
Sports performance issues
Knee and shoulder sports injuries

Bio

Dr. Dec has over 28 years’ experience covering sidelines and mass events for youth sports, high schools, colleges, national, and pro level. As a volunteer physician for the United States Olympic Paralympic programs she worked with US Track and Field, USA Basketball, US Cycling, US Gymnastics and Paralympic Cycling, Goalball, Rowing during international events including Pan Am, Paralympics and International championships.

She serves as an assistant fellowship director for an affiliate primary care sports medicine fellowship and as head team physician for Longwood University.  Dr. Dec’s volunteering experience includes being physician director elect for the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainers Frank C. McCue Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for Virginia High School League and other sports medicine areas of care.  She is past president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), past committee member of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). She continues to engage in concussion and sports-related policy and research with her service to the American Academy Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American College of Sports Medicine, and AMSSM.

Dr. Dec is passionate about empowering patients to ‘stay in the game’ of sports.  Her prior awards in teaching, excellence in sports medicine and patient care supports her values in keeping children and adults active while helping advance clinical practice.

She enjoys seeing youth ages eight and up for prevention, diagnosis and treatment in sports-related issues.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), Fellow
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), Fellow
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Richmond Academy of Medicine

Professional Activity/Team Coverage

  • Ironman Medical Tent physician, Ironman World Championships, Kona, Hawaii
  • Longwood University Athletics
  • Richmond Marathon, Half Marathon, VCU 8K
  • Clinical Sports Medicine Leadership Committee, American College Sports Medicine
  • Big South Advisory Group on Return to Play (COVID19 Pandemic)
  • Frank C. McCue Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for Virginia High School League
  • Board of Directors, Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer, Physician Director elect
  • AAPMR multi-specialty concussion group assessing Appropriate Use of Exercise in Concussion Treatment

For a list of publications, please visit PubMed.

Honors and Awards

  • Richmond Magazine “Top Docs” in Pediatric Sports Medicine: 2021
  • Richmond Magazine “Top Docs” in Sports Medicine: 2006, 2008, 2010 through 2017
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Department of PM&R, VCU, 2018
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Department of PMR&R, VCU, 2018, 2019
  • Frank C. McCue, III, MD Sports Medicine Award, Virginia High School Coaches Association 2011
  • Richmond Magazine “Top Docs for Women” in Sports Medicine 2009
  • Outstanding Educator in Sports Medicine, Chesterfield Family Practice, 2008
  • Professionals Who Made a Difference, Longwood University, Virginia 2006
  • Ken Davis Teaching Excellence Award, Physician, Hanover Family Practice Residency 2005

Education

Internship St. Vincent's Hospital and Health Care Center, Indianapolis, IN
Internship Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing Medical University, Beijing, China
Medical School Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI
Residency VCU Medical Center
Fellowship, Sports Medicine and Electrodiagnostics Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI

Research interests

Sports concussion, Musculoskeletal issues in female athletes, Relative energy deficiency syndrome

Ratings & reviews

199 Ratings
40 Comments

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June 2021
Dr. Dec is fantastic!
June 2021
Dr. Dec is the best!
June 2021
Dr. Dec was exceptional, both in terms of medical professionalism and personal interaction.
May 2021
Excellent.
May 2021
Good.
May 2021
Terrific!
April 2021
Dr. Dec was great and has a great bedside manner. I felt so much better after seeing her - finally, someone knew what they were doing.
April 2021
Dr. Dec took the time to thoroughly discuss my concerns and has a very caring attitude. She truly knows her field and is helpful in explaining solutions to my problems.
April 2021
Best doctor at diagnosing and making a plan.
March 2021
Katherine Dec is one of the finest doctors I have ever known.
March 2021
Dr. Dec is the best!
February 2021
Dr. Dec is the best!
October 2020
Dr. Dec is the BEST!
September 2020
Dr. Dec & her team are wonderful.
September 2020
The best doctor I've ever seen!
September 2020
Dr. Dec is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. Efficient.
August 2020
It doesn't get any better than Dr. Dec.
August 2020
Dr. Dec has been helpful in many ways.
August 2020
Dr. Dec is exceptional.
July 2020
Dr. Dec is the best!! And the nurses/assistants are always friendly and helpful.
July 2020
VERY HELPFUL!
June 2020
Awesome doctor.
June 2020
I recommend Dr. Dec all the time!!
June 2020
Dr. Dec was trusting, educated, knowledgeable - Put my mind at ease.
May 2020
Dr. Dec is amazing! She is the best - always has been!
April 2020
Good doctor.
December 2019
Everything was great [...]
October 2019
Extremely knowledgeable and thorough.
October 2019
Dr. Dec is THE best. She knows her stuff and was excited to have her student come observe me to learn more.
September 2019
Dr. Dec is the best!
August 2019
Yay Katherine.
August 2019
Love Dr. Dec!
August 2019
[...] very informative and helpful. Excellent job.
July 2019
[...] doc was the best doctor I'd ever seen. She was patient, personable, and very easy to talk to. She listened to what I had to say and followed up w/pros/cons of my decision. Awesome dr!! [...]
May 2019
Only issue was, I felt Dr. Dec was rushed in our apt.
May 2019
Dr. Dec rocks!
April 2019
Love Dr. Dec.
March 2019
Dr. Dec is excellent. She takes her time and explains what is going on.
November 2018
Dr. Dec provided outstanding medical care and guidance. A+.
October 2018
Dr. Dec is very knowledgable, down-to-earth and professional. I always feel very confident about her diagnosis and care plan.

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Board Certifications


Clinical Interests

  • Sports medicine injuries – whether team or individual sport
  • Sports concussion
  • Acute sports muscle and skeletal injuries
  • Dance injuries
  • Running/swimming/cycling injuries
  • Sports performance issues
  • Knee and shoulder sports injuries

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