"In the summer, growing up in Michigan, all we did was play baseball," recalls Robert Murray, MD, team doctor for the San Francisco Giants. Back then, he played shortstop. Today, Dr. Murray specializes in general, vascular, and thoracic surgery, which also requires a lot of eye-hand coordination.
Dr. Murray attended the University of Michigan for both his undergraduate and medical school education. He moved to San Francisco 40 years ago after serving in the U.S. Army as a captain and surgeon. There, he began his practice in general surgery, where he served as chief of the division of surgery at St. Mary's Medical Center.
Of course, when Dr. Murray was invited to become the Giants team doctor in 1998, he had to find room in his heart to switch allegiance from the Detroit Lions. Today he still enjoys watching the games and getting to know the players and their families.
Anthony Saglimbeni, MD, Internal Medicine Specialist
Anthony J. Saglimbeni, MD is a San Jose native. He followed in his father's footsteps to become a doctor, attending medical school at Creighton University in Nebraska. Today, Dr. Saglimbeni practices internal medicine and his favorite field of medicine, primary care sports medicine.
"I grew up playing sports," says Dr. Saglimbeni. "When I went to medical school, I realized I enjoyed practicing primary care but I still had my interest in sports. So I got extra training called a 'fellowship in sports medicine.' Today I combine them in my practice."
"It was 2000 when I got the call," says Dr. Saglimbeni. "I participated in spring training and took care of the San Jose Giants for a few years. Then I became team physician of the SF Giants."
As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, Kenneth Akizuki, MD has had a remarkable sports career. While completing the Hames A. Nicholas Sports Medicine Fellowship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, he served as the assistant orthopedic consultant for the New York Jets, the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders, and the New Jersey Red Dogs.
In 2000, he moved to the Bay Area where he began serving as the team orthopedic surgeon for the San Francisco Giants, a position he still holds today. When the Giants won the World Series in 2010, the team awarded Akizuki the same World Series ring the players and coaches received.
"I wear the ring every day, " Dr. Akizuki says. "And every day my patients want to wear it and take a picture with it. I think my patients are more interested in my ring than they are in me."
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