An associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine will head to Rio with the Chinese Women’s National Volleyball Team as their head doctor and orthopedic surgeon.
Dr. Sherwin Ho was recruited by the Chinese team’s head coach after he worked with the U.S team during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Dr. Ho was the head doctor for the U.S team starting in 2006.
According to News and Research from the University of Chicago, while Ho was working with the American team, the coach at the time, Jenny Lang Ping was a former player for China. After the Beijing games, Ping returned to China to coach a professional team and sometimes would ask Ho to treat some of her players.
In the summer of 2013, Ping requested Ho to become the official physician for the Chinese national team.
Ho travels to China multiple times each year and consults with doctors and trainers in Beijing several times a week. Some of the Chinese players have also come to the U.S to seek his care. He oversees the well-being of about two dozen players even though he is living in Chicago.
While a head physician for the Chinese national team, Ho also serves as the team physician for Concordia University Chicago, where he first started working in 1991, a year before he began his career at the University of Chicago.
Ho's familiarity with volleyball is personal, as he grew up playing the sport in Hawaii.
Ho, an expert in sports medicine who specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures, received his Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from the University of Hawaii and earned his M.D. from the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine.