Professor, Section Head of the Sports Medicine Section, University of Washington School of Medicine
Kimberly G. Harmon is a professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and Section Head of the Sports Medicine Section at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a Past-President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (2009-2010) and was on the AMSSM Foundation Board from 2011-2022 serving as President from 2019-2020.
She has long been involved in the provision of health care in college athletics. She was a basketball athlete at the University of Notre Dame (1986-87) and also a student athletic trainer (1986-1989) before serving as head athletic trainer at Saint Mary’s College (1989-1991). She attended Indiana University School of Medicine, did her Family Medicine Residency at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind., and her sports medicine fellowship at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Ind.
She has been at the University of Washington since 1998 serving as team physician for multiple teams and the Head Football Physician since 2012. She was on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport Committee from 2003-2007 and has continued to work with the NCAA on medical topics. She has also been involved with the Pac-12 Student Athlete Health and Well-Being Board Initiative as board representative from 2015-2020 and Chair from 2017-2019 during which time she guided the implementation of a conference-wide injury and illness surveillance system (the first of its kind) encompassing over 6,000 athletes from 12 universities which includes over 35 sports. She became the Research Development Director for the Pac-12 in 2020 which (to date) has provided over 15 million dollars in funding for research projects selected to benefit the health and wellness of the student-athletes. She has served as a consultant to the Department of Defense, was the medical advisor to the National Basketball Players Association (2014-2019) and is currently on the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee. Her research interests focus on topics which are important to student-athlete including sudden cardiac death in athletes, concussion, sickle cell trait, and orthobiologics.