About Us

We work to make sports safer and get more people on the field, in the game and to the finish line.

Who We Are

The Sports Institute at UW Medicine® works to expand participation and safety in sports. Since its founding, The Sports Institute has led first-of-its-kind efforts to legislate safe return to play across all 50 states and to advance best practices in sports safety. Based in Seattle, The Sports Institute partners across sectors and convenes experts, evidence-based approaches and research to encourage play and to make sports safer. The Sports Institute is a proud member of the UW Medicine community, one of the world’s leading centers for patient care, medical education and research.

Our Values

We advance our mission with a deep commitment to equity and inclusion, authenticity, positivity and hustle. We value diverse experiences and perspectives and strive to create an open, accepting and supportive culture where individuals can be their true selves. These values are foundational for how we operate internally and externally.

How We Make an Impact

Our work builds a positive cycle of physical activity. By promoting the benefits of movement and working to make the sports and activities we love safer, we develop a community of lifelong athletes.

Four Tactics Guide Our Work


We advance knowledge and uncover best practices for physical activity and safer athletic participation.


We drive the development of new methodologies and technologies across fitness disciplines.


We collaborate on scientific guidelines and increase access to proven, actionable research.


We seek and promote opportunities to expand sports safety and participation.

Our Team

Institute Leadership

Samuel R. Browd, M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Browd, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, FAANS, FAAP is professor of neurological surgery at the University of Washington and attending neurosurgeon at Seattle Children’s Hospital

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Stanley A. Herring, M.D.

Senior Medical Advisor, Co-Founder

Dr. Herring is a UW clinical professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and Neurological Surgery.

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Christine Mac Donald, Ph.D.

Research Director

Dr. Mac Donald is a professor of neurological surgery at the UW and holds the James and Gaye Pigott Sports Health and Safety Endowed Chair.

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Cindy Lin, M.D.

Director of Clinical Innovation

Dr. Lin, MD, FACSM, FAAPM&R is a UW Clinical Associate Professor and the first holder of the Endowed Professorship in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, as well as a sports medicine physician.

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Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPH

Assistant Director of Community Outreach

Dr. Chrisman is a pediatrician, Adolescent Medicine specialist, physician scientist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at UW.

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Wendy Kelley

Director for Philanthropy

As a Director for Philanthropy on the UW Medicine team, Wendy Kelley is responsible for raising support.

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Karla Landis, M.S.

Associate Director

Karla Landis joined The Sports Institute in 2019 and leads program development, community outreach and advancement support.

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Leah Cantor

Research Coordinator

Leah joined The Sports Institute in 2023 as a research coordinator. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Seattle University.

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David Bridges, M.S.

Program Coordinator

David Bridges joined the Institute in December 2019 through the Husky Fellowship program and now serves as our Program Coordinator.

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Tess Kadian

Student Assistant

Tess Kadian is an alum of The Sports Institute’s Husky Fellowship, an internship offering UW student-athletes diverse experience and mentorship

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Lauren Wilcock

Husky Fellow

Lauren Wilcock is one of the current Husky Fellows for The Sports Institute’s Husky Fellowship, an internship offering UW student-athletes diverse experience and mentorship

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