West Orange, N.J. – RWJBarnabas Health has appointed Yvette Rooks, M.D., CAQ, FAAFP as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Rutgers Athletics, it was announced today. Dr. Rooks, who has over two decades of experience in clinical practice, as well as administrative and institutional service, spent 18 years as a team physician at the collegiate level. The Rutgers Athletics CMO will provide leadership and clinical care in both Sports Medicine and Primary Care for all Rutgers student-athletes.
In November 2016, RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers announced RWJBH’s investment in Rutgers Athletics to create a comprehensive sports medicine program and for construction of a new state-of-the-art athletic training facility, which will be completed by July 2019. The RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center will be built on the site of the existing parking lot southwest of the RAC. The RWJBarnabas Health sports medicine program will serve Rutgers athletes, students and communities throughout New Jersey. Through this partnership, RWJBarnabas Health is the official health care provider for Rutgers Athletics and will bring health and wellness education to young athletes throughout the state.
Dr. Rooks will handle clinical and administrative responsibilities overseeing a team of sports medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, behavioral health specialists, athletics nutritionists, sports performance specialists, and other medical specialists.
”RWJBarnabas Health is committed to working together with Rutgers to establish a best-in-class sports medicine program. Dr. Rooks will lead the clinical teams as we ensure that all Rutgers athletes are provided the resources for optimal health on and off the field,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer for RWJBarnabas Health. “This is a significant milestone as we continue to build a nationally recognized sports medicine program and increase our investment in academic medical education, sports performance and overall community wellness.”
“Dr. Rooks is a highly-regarded physician with over two decades of clinical and administrative experiences in sports medicine,” said Rutgers Athletic Director Pat Hobbs. “She is a trusted leader who will provide the vision and direction to shape a comprehensive health care approach for all our student-athletes. Our goal is to offer every Scarlet Knight the best resources to achieve their fullest athletic potential and Dr. Rooks will play a vital role in our success.”
Dr. Rooks will collaborate with the Rutgers Medical School and Family Practice Sports Medicine fellowship program where she will have a faculty appointment and play a significant role in the training and development of fellows and future specialists.
“I greatly look forward to applying the professional knowledge and experiences I have gained over my entire career to leading Rutgers Athletics health care in this truly transformational RWJBarnabas Health sports medicine program,” stated Dr. Rooks. “I have great confidence that together we will accomplish new and innovative practices that will have far-reaching influence on sports programs across the nation.”
Dr. Rooks most recently served as the Team Physician at the University of Maryland (1998-2016), including holding the post of Head Team Physician from 2008-16. While at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, she also was an Assistant Professor from 1998-2017, was the Residency Program Director from 2005-17 and the Executive Vice Chairman for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the university from 2012-17.
A member of the American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Rooks is certified under the American Board of Family Medicine. She also holds certification of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. Dr. Rooks is an Executive Board member of the College Athletic Trainers Society.
In addition to her role as an assistant professor, Dr. Rooks was also responsible for several administrative duties while at the University of Maryland, including serving on the Code of Conduct Committee on Faculty Professionalism (2006-17) and Graduate Medical Education Committee (2005-17). Additionally, she was a Sports Medicine Fellowship instructor (1998-2017), Core and Sports Medicine Education lecturer and Introduction to Clinical Medicine instructor.
Dr. Rooks has led a decorated career, earning recognition with a number of honors and awards as a physician. Most recently, Dr. Rooks was recipient of the 2017 MATA Pioneer Award, which is presented to an individual in recognition of their outstanding service and contribution to the evolution of the Maryland Athletic Trainers' Association, and the role of the athletic trainer as a healthcare professional. She was elected Faculty Marshall for the Medical School Graduation ceremony five times, twice earned the Faculty Teaching Award from the Family Medicine Residents for contributions to Resident Education and was the recipient of the UMB Presidents’ Founders Day Award as Public Servant of the Year in 2010. Dr. Rooks was named to Baltimore Magazine’s list of Top Doctors on eight occasions and in 2016 was a speaker at a White House Initiative on Men’s Health.
Dr. Rooks completed her undergraduate degree in 1988 at the State University of New York at Albany with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry. She earned her M.D. from the Health Science Center at Syracuse in 1993 and later concluded her Residency at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1995. Dr. Rooks served as Chief Resident at the School of Medicine from 1995-96 and was a fellow in the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Division of Sports Medicine program from 1997-98.
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RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, with a service area covering five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH- New Brunswick, RWJUH- Somerset in Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH- Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and an accountable care organization.
RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety.