• Dr. Irfan M. Asif is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He is certified in family medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Asif hopes to bring infectious enthusiasm for everything family medicine and sports medicine, including the ability to provide excellence in patient care, to be outstanding educators, to always strive for quality improvement, and to provide service in a number of venues. The department is a recognized leader in primary care and Dr. Asif envisions that the department will be a home for faculty, learners, and staff across the United States who have the ambition, ability, and motivation to collaborate with their colleagues at UAB to make it the most exciting academic medical center in the country.

    Dr. Asif currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and is an Associate Editor for both the British Journal of Sports Medicine and Sports Health: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach. He has served as a team physician for all levels of athletics, including high school, collegiate, and professional sports programs. He currently serves as a team physician for UAB Athletics.

    His research explores several domains within sports cardiology with an emphasis on combating physical inactivity for the prevention of cardiometabolic disease. He has been invited to participate and speak at a number of national and international venues, such as the American College of Cardiology Sports and Exercise Cardiology Think Tank, the International Olympic Committee Conference on the Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, and the Spanish Olympic Committee Medical Commission of Spain XIV Conference of Medicine and High-Level Sport. For this work, he has earned a number of honors including the AMSSM Best Overall Research Award, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Best Overall Research Paper, and the David T. Sisk Award for Best Review Paper in the journal Sports Health.

    Dr. Asif is also an avid educator. He has extensive experience as a sports medicine fellowship director and currently serves as the Chair for the AMSSM Fellowship Committee. His recent work includes developing standards of excellence for sports medicine fellowship training programs across the United States and he is also a current member of the writing group that is composing the International Syllabus in Sports and Exercise Medicine Education. His contributions have earned several awards including the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teaching Award, the University of Tennessee Faculty Teaching Award, and the Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development Course of the Year Award.

    Finally, Dr. Asif has provided service in a number of capacities within the community and at the national level. In sports medicine, he has served on the AMSSM Research, Fellowship, Public Relations, Collaborative Research Network, and Annual Meeting Program Planning (Program Chair 2014-2015) Committees. He has also served as the chair of the AMSSM Sports Medicine In-Service Training Exam (ITE) subcommittee, which writes the ITE yearly to prepare sports medicine physicians to pass the Sports Medicine certification exam.

    Dr. Asif is a former elite level soccer player and is married with two children
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2021 Alabama Screening and Intervention for Glaucoma and Eye Health through Telemedicine (AL-SIGHT): Study Design and MethodologyJournal of Glaucoma.  30:371-379. 2021
    2021 Delphi developed syllabus for the medical specialty of sport and exercise medicine: Part 2British Journal of Sports Medicine.  55:81-83. 2021
    2021 Health education through football (soccer): The € 11 for health' programme as a success story on implementation: Learn, play and have fun!British Journal of Sports Medicine2021
    2021 Return to play with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: Are we moving too fast? A critical reviewBritish Journal of Sports Medicine2021
    2020 Clinician Well-being during a Pandemic: Practices to Boost Resilience and Life SatisfactionCurrent Sports Medicine Reports.  19:524-529. 2020
    2020 Returning Athletes Back to High School Sports in the COVID-19 Era: Preparing for the Fall 2020
    2020 Cardiopulmonary Considerations for High School Student-Athletes During the COVID-19 Pandemic: NFHS-AMSSM Guidance Statement 2020
    2020 Identifiable Factors Associated With Acceptance Into Sports Medicine Fellowship Programs: A Brief ReportClinical Journal of Sport Medicine.  30:e143-e146. 2020
    2020 Association between a physical activity vital sign and cardiometabolic disease in high-risk patientsClinical Journal of Sport Medicine.  30:348-352. 2020
    2020 Preparticipation cardiovascular screening: An infrastructure assessment in collegiate athleticsClinical Journal of Sport Medicine.  30:315-320. 2020
    2020 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Considerations for the Competitive Athlete 2020
    2020 Sudden Death Associated With Sickle Cell Trait Before and After Mandatory Screening 2020
    2020 Sports and exercise medicine education in the USA: Call to actionBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  54:195-196. 2020
    2020 Associations Between the Physical Activity Vital Sign and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in High-Risk Youth and Adolescents 2020
    2019 Design and Implementation of a Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum in Undergraduate Medical EducationAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.  13:574-585. 2019
    2019 Comparative Effectiveness of Alternative Dosing Regimens of Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review 2019
    2019 Prevalence of clinic first curricula: A survey of AFMRD membersFamily Medicine.  51:338-343. 2019
    2019 Cardiovascular screening of Paralympic athletes reported by chief medical officers of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter GamesBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  53:43-44. 2019
    2018 Cardiovascular screening of Olympic athletes reported by chief medical officers of the Rio 2016 Olympic GamesBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  52:1097-1100. 2018
    2018 International recommendations for electrocardiographic interpretation in athletesEuropean Heart Journal.  39:1466-1480. 2018
    2018 Celebrating the Advancement of Science in Sports Medicine: A 10-Year Collaboration Between Sports Health and the AMSSM 2018
    2018 Measure Accurately, Act Rapidly, and Partner With Patients (MAP) improves hypertension control in medically underserved patients: Care Coordination Institute and American Medical Association Hypertension Control Project Pilot Study resultsJournal of Clinical Hypertension.  20:79-87. 2018
    2018 Medications for Sleep Schedule Adjustments in Athletes 2018
    2017 Cardiovascular screening practices in US National Governing Bodies and National Paralympic CommitteesBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  51:1639-1640. 2017
    2017 Relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S)British Journal of Sports Medicine.  51:1570-1571. 2017
    2017 Psychological impact of electrocardiogram screening in National Collegiate Athletic Association athletesBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  51:1489-1492. 2017
    2017 The primary care sports medicine fellowship: American Medical Society for Sports Medicine proposed standards of excellenceBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  51:1328-1337. 2017
    2017 Incidence and Etiology of Sudden Cardiac Death: New Updates for Athletic Departments 2017
    2017 International criteria for electrocardiographic interpretation in athletes: Consensus statementBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  51:704-731. 2017
    2017 Primary care sports medicine fellowship: AMSSM proposed standards of excellenceClinical Journal of Sport Medicine.  27:231-244. 2017
    2017 International Recommendations for Electrocardiographic Interpretation in AthletesJournal of the American College of Cardiology.  69:1057-1075. 2017
    2017 AMSSM position statement on cardiovascular preparticipation screening in athletes: Current evidence, knowledge gaps, recommendations and future directionsBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  51:153-167. 2017
    2017 Infographic: AMSSM position statement on cardiovascular preparticipation screening in athletes: Current evidence, knowledge gaps, recommendations and future directionsBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  51:168. 2017
    2017 Nine-year study of US high school soccer injuries: Data from a national sports injury surveillance programmeBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  51:185-193. 2017
    2017 Cardiovascular Preparticipation Screening in Young Athletes: Looking Through One Lens 2017
    2016 Journal clubs in sports medicine fellowship programs: Results from a national survey and recommendations for quality improvementClinical Journal of Sport Medicine.  27:552-556. 2016
    2016 Incidence and Etiology of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Death in High School Athletes in the United StatesMayo Clinic Proceedings.  91:1493-1502. 2016
    2016 Why cardiovascular screening in young athletes can save lives: A critical reviewBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  50:1376-1378. 2016
    2016 Exercise restrictions trigger psychological difficulty in active and athletic adults with hypertrophic cardiomyopathyOpen Heart.  3. 2016
    2016 Acute effects of lateral shoe wedges on joint biomechanics of patients with medial compartment knee osteoarthritis during stationary cyclingJournal of Biomechanics.  49:2817-2823. 2016
    2016 AMSSM position statement on cardiovascular preparticipation screening in Athletes: Current evidence, knowledge gaps, recommendations and future directionsCurrent Sports Medicine Reports.  15:359-375. 2016
    2016 AMSSM position statement on cardiovascular preparticipation screening in athletes: Current evidence, knowledge gaps, recommendations, and future directionsClinical Journal of Sport Medicine.  26:347-361. 2016
    2016 The Legal Landscape of Concussion: Implications for Sports Medicine Providers 2016
    2016 Update on Zika Virus: Considerations for the Traveling Athlete 2016
    2016 Cardiac Structure and Function in Elite Para-cyclists with Spinal Cord InjuryMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  48:1431-1437. 2016
    2016 Response to Letter Regarding Article, "incidence, cause, and comparative frequency of sudden cardiac death in national collegiate athletic association athletes: A decade in review"Circulation.  133:e447. 2016
    2016 Cardiovascular Screening in Young Athletes: Evidence for the ElectrocardiogramCurrent Sports Medicine Reports.  15:76-80. 2016
    2016 Death by homicide in National Collegiate Athletic Association athletes between 2003 and 2013British Journal of Sports Medicine.  50:172-175. 2016
    2016 The impact of diagnosis: Measuring the psychological response to being diagnosed with serious or potentially lethal cardiac disease in young competitive athletesBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  50:163-166. 2016
    2016 Electrocardiographic Screening in National Collegiate Athletic Association AthletesAmerican Journal of Cardiology.  118:754-759. 2016
    2015 The Cardiovascular Preparticipation Evaluation (PPE) for the Primary Care and Sports Medicine Physician, Part IICurrent Sports Medicine Reports.  14:333. 2015
    2015 The cardiovascular preparticipation evaluation (PPE) for the primary care and sports medicine physician, Part ICurrent Sports Medicine Reports.  14:246. 2015
    2015 Modern standards of ECG interpretation in young athletes: Yield and effectivenessJournal of Electrocardiology.  48:292-297. 2015
    2015 Stages of psychological impact after diagnosis with serious or potentially lethal cardiac disease in young competitive athletes: A new modelJournal of Electrocardiology.  48:298-310. 2015
    2015 Effects of toe-in angles on knee biomechanics in cycling of patients with medial knee osteoarthritisClinical Biomechanics.  30:276-282. 2015
    2015 The Role of Screening for Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Competitive Athletes: A Critical ReviewCurrent Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports.  3:9-17. 2015
    2015 Incidence, cause, and comparative frequency of sudden cardiac death in national collegiate athletic association athletes a decade in reviewCirculation.  132:10-19. 2015
    2015 Sudden cardiac death in athletesInternational Journal of Athletic Therapy && Training.  20:38-45. 2015
    2015 Suicide in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Athletes: A 9-Year Analysis of the NCAA Resolutions Database 2015
    2015 The psychological impact of cardiovascular screening in young athletes: Perspectives across age, race, and genderClinical Journal of Sport Medicine.  25:464-471. 2015
    2015 Update: Causes and symptoms of sudden cardiac death in young athletes 2015
    2014 Electrocardiography-inclusive screening strategies for detection of cardiovascular abnormalities in high school athletesHeart Rhythm.  11:442-449. 2014
    2014 Cardiovascular preparticipation screening practices of college team physiciansClinical Journal of Sport Medicine.  24:275-279. 2014
    2014 Cardiovascular screening in adolescents and young adults: A prospective study comparing the Pre-participation Physical Evaluation Monograph 4th Edition and ECGBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  48:1172-1178. 2014
    2014 Evaluation and Management of Wolff-Parkinson-White in Athletes 2014
    2014 Evaluation of underlying mechanisms in the link between childhood ADHD symptoms and risk for early initiation of substance usePsychology of Addictive Behaviors.  28:816-827. 2014
    2014 Pathogeneses of sudden cardiac death in national collegiate athletic association athletesCirculation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.  7:198-204. 2014
    2014 Sports concussion management: Part ISouthern Medical Journal.  107:115-125. 2014
    2014 Standardised criteria improve accuracy of ECG interpretation in competitive athletes: A randomised controlled trialBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  48:1167-1171. 2014
    2014 The psychological impact of cardiovascular screening: The athlete's perspectiveBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  48:1162-1166. 2014
    2013 Motor vehicle accidents: The leading cause of death in collegiate athletesClinical Journal of Sport Medicine.  23:439-443. 2013
    2013 Detecting occult cardiac disease in athletes: History that makes a differenceBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  47:669. 2013
    2013 Cloud-ECG for real time ECG monitoring and analysisComputer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine.  110:253-259. 2013
    2013 Secondary prevention of sudden death in athletes: The essential role of automated external defibrillatorsCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics.  5:23-31. 2013
    2013 Sudden cardiac death in young athletes: What is the role of screening?Current Opinion in Cardiology.  28:55-62. 2013
    2012 Accuracy of ECG interpretation in competitive athletes: the impact of using standardised ECG criteriaBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  46:335-340. 2012
    2012 Sickle cell trait associated with a RR of death of 37 times in national collegiate athletic association football athletes: A database with 2 million athlete-years as the denominatorBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.  46:325-330. 2012
    2012 Sudden Cardiac Death and Preparticipation Screening: The Debate Continues-In Support of Electrocardiogram-Inclusive Preparticipation ScreeningProgress in Cardiovascular Diseases.  54:445-450. 2012
    2011 Response to letter regarding article, "incidence of sudden cardiac death in national collegiate athletic association athletes"Circulation.  124. 2011
    2011 Incidence of sudden cardiac death in national collegiate athletic association athletesCirculation.  123:1594-1600. 2011
    2011 Automated external defibrillators in health and fitness facilities 2011
    2010 Cerebral microhemorrhages in a collegiate football player: Clinical implications in the management of sports concussion 2010


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    2020 Exercise as a prescription for mental health.  269-276. 2020

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Cincinnati 2007
  • Full Name

  • Irfan Asif