#MiFamMed Member of the Month

December 2022

Nicholas Moore, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM

Which practice settings/types have you experienced throughout your career?

Since beginning family medicine practice and completing a sports medicine fellowship, I have been active in sports medicine. My sports medicine coverage includes work in a group practice as well as high school, Division I colleagiate, professional, and Olympic athetics. Thus, I treat all types of athletic-related injuries and have extensive experience with concussion management, diagnostic ultrasound, and ultrasound-guided procedures. I am also associate director of the Providence Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and a clinical assistant professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

What led you to this career, and was your path inspired by anyone?

I first fell in love with the breadth of knowledge in primary care and then subsequently developed an interest in sports medicine. I appreciate the intricacies of the musculoskeletal exam and the various diagnostic and procedural techniques including musculoskeletal ultrasound. I love helping a patient recover from injury. I also enjoy getting involved in the community through sports coverage and volunteering.

What has been the most unique aspect/experience of your practice of medicine thus far?

The most unique aspect of my clinical practice is new and emerging ultrasound-guided procedures. I am one of few physicians in Michigan performing ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release and having great results! Outside of the clinical aspect, the most unique experience is definitely sports team/event coverage. I recently served as a physician for team USA at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. I've also served as a team physician for the Detroit Red Wings, plus I enjoy covering marathons, obstacle course races, Cirque due Soleil, Crossfit competitions, combat sports, and more.

What advice would you give your student or resident self?

Be balanced and be present; find time for family and for fun. There will always be another test, milestone, career goal, etc.

What is one professional skill you're currently working on?

I am trying to be more involved in research and scholarly activity despite being in private practice.

Why is it important for you to be a member of Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and American Academy of Family Physicians?

It is important for me to be involved and stay connected. I also believe I have a slightly unique perspective working predominantly in sports medicine. I currently serve as vice chair of MAFP's Professional Development Committee.

How do you achieve work-life balance and maintain your own wellness?

I try to be active every day. I get up early to workout while my family is still asleep. This allows me to be able to hang out with them in the evenings after work.

What book/podcast/Netflix series are you currently enjoying?

I love that Netflix has all the classic movies from my childhood. It is so fun to now watch with my kids for first time. Totally mind blown that Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker's father! (spoiler alert!)

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

Spider-sense. Currently, spiderman is the only person that my 8-year-old thinks is cooler than me.