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Dr. Master studies pediatric and adolescent concussions and identifies interventions that improve time to recovery and clinical outcomes. In particular, she is interested in visual and vestibular problems that occur after concussion that may contribute to persisting prolonged symptomatology and impaired function and the role they play as targets for active intervention.
The overall goal of Dr. Master’s research is to better understand concussion and its effects on children from a developmental perspective, and to find optimal ways of caring for children with concussion in order to maximize their future potential. Identifying both objective and physiologic measures of acute concussion while delineating the clinical translation of such measures in the diagnosis and management of concussion is an urgent unmet need in the field.
A particular research emphasis has been identifying vision and vestibular deficits following concussion, both to diagnose deficits following concussion, as well as identifying potential targets for intervention for those with prolonged symptoms. These vestibular and vision deficits following concussion are not typically identified with a “routine physical examination” or even a “routine neurologic or vision examination.” Her goal has been to disseminate this knowledge based on clinical evidence and experience, in order to improve the ability of clinicians to identify these deficits in children with concussion so they may better manage their clinical care.
In collaboration with interdisciplinary partners at CHOP and colleagues at The University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Master characterizes the clinical entity of pediatric and adolescent concussion, its epidemiology and care patterns, its physical and clinical manifestations and its outcomes, and how those outcomes may be improved with targeted treatments.
Dr. Master practices both primary care sports medicine and academic general pediatrics and cares for children across the spectrum of childhood. Her work co-founding and co-leading the Minds Matters Concussion Program at CHOP has been focused on improving our understanding of concussion with the goal of improving care and outcomes for children with concussion.
Education and Training
AB, Princeton University (Molecular Biology), 1989
MD, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1993
Fellowship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Sports Medicine), 2011
Titles and Academic Titles
Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist
Senior Fellow, Center for Injury Research Prevention
Co-Director, Minds Matter, Concussion Program
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics, 1997-
Ambulatory Pediatrics Association, 1997-
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, 2010-
Delaware Valley Society for Sports Medicine, 2010-
American College of Sports Medicine, 2013-
Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine, 2015-
Travel award, American Society for Pediatric Nephrology , 1995
Inaugural Joanne M. Decker, MD Memorial Work-Life Mentorship Award, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2010
Best Paper Award for Primary Care Sports Medicine Research, Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine, 2015
Ian Joshua Miller "Pure Joy Award" for Making a Difference in Children’s Lives, Ian’s Boots Foundation, 2016
Best Overall Research Abstract, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, 2017
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Junior Traveling Fellow to New Zealand, 2020