Dr. Douglas Kerr 1984-12
Induction Class of 2012
A lifelong Vestal native, Dr. Douglas Kerr has served as Team Physician for Binghamton athletics for 28 years.
He was a four-sport scholastic athlete who went on to play football and lacrosse at University of Pennsylvania before graduating with a degree in biology in 1971. After doing graduate work at Binghamton, he started medical school at the Universite de Nice in France. Kerr then transferred to Cornell University Medical College and earned his M.D. in 1978.
He was Chief Resident at State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and served four years in orthopedic surgery before completing a fellowship in sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
It was Kerr's love for the Southern Tier and college athletics that brought him back to Binghamton in 1984. He joined Orthopedic Associates, and began volunteering at the University.
In 28 years, Kerr interacted with an estimated 10,000 student-athletes, operated on many of these students, consulted with dozens of head coaches and trainers and mentored countless young student trainers. His service to the University and its student-athletes rises well above the 15,000-hour mark.
He scheduled weekly consultations in the training room, performed surgeries and has been on the sidelines for home basketball and lacrosse games, among other sports.
Being a former athlete, Kerr understood the challenges, both mental and physical, of being an injured athlete and his bond with the students is a strong one.
In addition to being a surgeon, clinician, author and inventor in the medical field, Kerr possesses an equally impactful sense of fellowship and community and has dedicated his life to the service of others.
In recent years, his humanitarian efforts have reached as far as Africa, where he spends several weeks a year volunteering alongside Kenyan surgeons to help children and impoverished patients. He has served as president of the Wilson Rehabilitation Foundation, which has raised millions of dollars for that effort. Kerr has mentored BU student-athletes and aspiring young medical students, some of whom have accompanied him on these missions.
Throughout his career, Kerr has been a strong advocate for athletics and has served as both a role model and friend to all.
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