Brian J. Juriga, DO, co-medical director of Sports Medicine at Lake Health, is one of three physicians named 2015 Team Physician of the Year by the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA). Dr. Juriga and the other honorees are being recognized for their dedication to student athletes and the schools they serve as well as for their support for the profession of athletic training. Dr. Juriga will receive the award on May 8 at OATA’s annual banquet.
Trained as a family physician with specialization in sports medicine, Dr. Juriga provides high quality, compassionate care to all levels of athletes and their families. Dr. Juriga, who insists on being called Brian by athletes and colleagues, has been the team physician for Mentor High School for the last eight years. In that time he has not only helped athletes overcome injuries and improve themselves physically and mentally but also encouraged them to excel on and off the field. In that same caring manner, Dr. Juriga has also taken on serving at three other schools in Lake County as the direct physician for once-a-week injury checks in an attempt to ensure all the athletes have timely and appropriate care.
“Brian is first and foremost a caring physician,” said John Smith, director of Sports Medicine at Lake Health who nominated Dr. Juriga for the award. “He goes above and beyond to provide outstanding care to all athletes, plus he understands the importance of athletics in the lives of children and young adults. Every day he demonstrates a passion for athletic training and a devotion that’s truly unique to our profession.”
Beyond his sports medicine practice, Dr. Juriga continues to work with the U.S. Paralympics ski team. This assignment has taken him to many places over the years, including Sochi, Russia, for the Paralympic Games in 2014. In each experience, Dr. Juriga has provided excellent care for patients and athletes and helped bolster morale and strengthen unity among the team.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Dr. Juriga was also recently named a Fellow by the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine. Fellows are held in the highest esteem by the sports medicine community and are counted on to mentor and foster development of the Academy.
“I’m honored to be recognized by my colleagues at Lake Health and throughout the sports medicine community,” Dr. Juriga said. “The athletic trainers at Lake Health are the best of the best and I’m proud to be a member of the team.”
CONCORD TOWNSHIP, OH, March 2, 2015 – Lake Health has appointed John J. Baniewicz, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer. In this position, Dr. Baniewicz’s responsibilities include oversight of clinical quality, patient safety and evidence-based medical standards at Lake Health along with having overall responsibility for Medical Staff Services and Education. The administrative and clinical leadership of Lake Health Physician Group will continue to be part of his role, and he will also be heavily involved with physician recruitment.
Dr. Baniewicz joined Lake Health in June 1992. In February 2008, Dr. Baniewicz was appointed medical director of the Lake Health Center for Comprehensive Rehabilitation, a role he held until September 2013 when he was named Vice President of Lake Health Physician Group. In 2009, he was voted Physician of the Year at TriPoint Medical Center.
Dr. Baniewicz, who is a board-certified internist, earned his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown and completed his residency at Akron City Hospital. He will continue to see patients at Lake Health Physician Group Mentor Internal Medicine.