Triton athletes share care with the pros.
As UC San Diego coaches, staff and athletes prep for NCAA Division I competition, they do so with power behind them: the San Diego Padres’ team physician.
Catherine Robertson, MD ’02, has been caring for Triton athletes ever since she returned to her alma mater as a faculty member and orthopedic surgeon in 2009. She soon worked her way up to become chief of sports medicine at UC San Diego Health, all the while heading up medical care for the Padres. But that’s not all—she’s also the lead physician in UC San Diego Health’s partnership with the U.S. Olympic Committee and previously served as a team physician for the San Diego Chargers.
Robertson specializes in treating injuries of the shoulder, knee and hip—and it helps that she’s an athlete herself. She grew up in Southern California as a competitive soccer player and youth equestrian. Today, she stays active by running, skiing and scuba diving.
“I love seeing people get better and going back to the sport or activity they did before an injury,” Robertson says. “I also love hearing from old patients who have had success in their sport. Sometimes I’ll get an email or a picture years later, and I’m always impressed by what my patients have achieved.”