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Phelps named NBATA Physician of the Year

Phelps with son

Dr. Phelps named NBATA Physician of the Year

ATSU President-elect Craig Phelps, D.O., ’84, has been named the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA) Physician of the Year for 2010-11. Dr. Phelps is the Phoenix Suns team physician, internal medicine, and was honored before the Suns game against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 30 at U.S. Airways Center. NBATA Chair and Mavericks Head Athletic Trainer Casey Smith presented the award.

The NBATA Physician of the Year award is an annual honor voted on by the members of the NBATA, designed to recognize a team physician for exceptional service and care for his/her respective team and visiting NBA teams and also a commitment to service in the community and to NBATA charities.

“Craig has been an integral part of our sports medicine team since the day I began working for the Suns 19 years ago,” said Suns Head Athletic Trainer Aaron Nelson, the NBATA’s Trainer of the Year in 2009. “He continually displays the intelligence, compassion, trust, commitment and dedication that an athlete or individual would look for in a physician, and consistently exceeds the expectations of those with whom he works and for whom he cares.”

Dr. Phelps has been on the Suns’ medical staff for 26 years.

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