Title: Assistant Director
Company: University of Maryland at College Park
Location: Elicott City, Maryland, United States
Yvette Louise Rooks, MD, FAAFP, Assistant Director at the University of Maryland at College Park, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in sports medicine.
Growing up, Dr. Rooks was a student-athlete for much of her life. As she got older, she discovered the arena of sports medicine, which quickly became a passionate interest. Following her high school graduation, she enrolled at the University at Albany, State University of New York. By 1988, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry. From there, Dr. Rooks proceeded to attend Syracuse University, earning a Doctor of Medicine in 1993.
In the years that followed, Dr. Rooks completed her required residencies and fellowships at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, focusing on sports medicine. Because the field was so new, she was the first fellow in the history of the university to complete a primary care sports medicine fellowship, which was a huge accomplishment. Alongside these studies, she chose to focus on family medicine, as she lost her father from smoking at a young age. Dr. Rooks wanted to do as much as she could to make sure nobody else went through what she did.
In 1996, Dr. Rooks began her career as a clinical instructor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Finding that the university was a perfect fit for her skills, she proceeded to take on varying roles in the following years. From 1998 until 2005, Dr. Rooks worked as the course master for the family and medicine third-year clerkship, going on to become the director of the primary care sports medicine fellowship from 2004 until 2008. All the while, from 1998 until 2017, she excelled as an assistant professor and, later, as the residency program director for the department of family and community medicine.
As a testament to her success, Dr. Rooks earned the John M. Dennis Award for Commitment to Rural Health Medical Education in 2012. Earlier, in 2001, she received the Faculty Teaching Award from Family Medicine Residents, which she once again earned in 2013. In 2010, Dr. Rooks was honored with the UMB Presidents’ Founders Day Award for Public Servant of the Year. Today, she maintains affiliation with the National Federation of High School Sports, the College Athletic Trainers Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, among other professional groups. Looking toward the future, Dr. Rooks hopes to build a sports medicine foundation at the University of Maryland that would serve as a complete wellness center for athletes of all kinds.
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