The Columbia Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Program provides a valuable service to the 750 athletes that compete at Columbia University. The goal is a simple one — to be the best athletic training service in the Ivy League and strive to equal any Division I program in the country.
Under the 21-year tutelage of head trainer Jim Gossett, Columbia has achieved an outstanding national reputation and employs an excellent staff that includes five full-time and two associate athletic trainers. Dr. William N. Levine of Columbia University Medical Center serves as the Chief Team Physician and Orthopedic Surgeon, and Dr. Gloria Cohen, Family Practice and Sports Medicine Specialist, is a team physician.
The Columbia program has left its mark throughout the country in both the professional and collegiate ranks, as close to 20 graduate assistants or former assistants have gone on to exciting and impressive professional careers in sports medicine, including Bill Peters who has worked with the New York Jets of the NFL, Vincent Comiskey who is the head athletic trainer at the United States Olympic Training Center in San Diego, Eric Rozen who is head athletic trainer at the University of Rochester, and Gene Schafer, who has started his own fitness club in the Columbia area.