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Karl B Fields, MD, graduated from Yale University and the University of Kentucky Medical School. He completed family practice residency at Charlotte Memorial Hospital in Charlotte, NC, and after a stint in private practice completed a faculty development fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill. He is residency and sports medicine fellowship director of the Moses Cone Family Practice Residency in Greensboro, NC as well as Professor of Family Medicine and Associate Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina Medical School in Chapel Hill and an adjunct professor of sports science at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. He developed the sports medicine fellowship programme in Greensboro in 1992 and received his CAQ in sports medicine in 1993. Currently he serves as team physician for Guilford College and consults in the care of several university and high school teams, running clubs and elite athletes. He has been a visiting professor for the Australian Institute of Sport and for the Norwegian Primary Care Association. He is a past president of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.