Lyle J. Micheli

Director, Sports Medicine, Harvard Medical School-Children’s Hospital

Dr. Lyle J. Micheli is one of the world’s leading authorities on sports care. He is a professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School, and a past president of the world’s largest and most prestigious association of sports care professionals, the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Micheli is currently vice president of the International Federation of Sports Medicine and chairman of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Fitness and Sports.

In 1974 Dr. Micheli co-founded the nation’s first clinic focused exclusively on the care of young athletes. He remains the director of this unit, which in 1982 became officially known as the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School). You can find out more about Dr. Micheli’s role in the establishment and development of the Division of Sports Medicine and more about the Division itself -in the section BCH Sports Medicine.

Dr. Micheli is the author of hundreds of published clinical studies and scholarly review articles and books. It is a measure of his standing that Dr. Micheli is in great demand on national and local media. He has appeared several times on ABC TV’s “Good Morning America” to comment on sports care issues, and was a primary focus of an NBC TV prime-time special on sports medicine hosted by Deborah Norville. He was profiled in a four-page article in People magazine and an article about him appeared on the cover of USA Today.

Dr. Micheli is renowned for his pioneering work in the field of pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, but he has also treated several world-renowned adult dancers and professional athletes.

An experienced athlete himself, Dr. Micheli represented Harvard College in football, rugby, lacrosse, and boxing, while still finding the time to graduate cum laude.

Dr. Micheli has two grown daughters and lives with his wife Anne in Brookline, close enough to walk to work at Boston Children’s Hospital where he performs surgery most mornings, and is in clinic every afternoon.