Dr. Thomas Starnes is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Florida before also completing a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at University of Florida. He provided medical care for the Florida Gators during both regular season SEC and postseason NCAA events during his fellowship. In fellowship, he worked with the medical director of a UCI World Tour cycling team, and he is interested in cycling medicine and sports performance.
His other professional interests include ultrasound-guided procedures, non-surgical management of acute and overuse orthopedic injuries, and non-surgical management of osteoarthritis. He is board certified in internal medicine with a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine.
He is a native North Carolinian, and he and his wife and children enjoy the many outdoor activities that western North Carolina has to offer.
Education & Training
Medical School: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, FL, 2009-2013
Residency: Department of Internal Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine; Gainesville, FL, 2013-2016
Fellowship: Primary Care Sports Medicine, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, University of Florida; Gainesville, FL, 2016-2017
Starnes T, Harris M, Pabbathi S, Ghayouri M. The Lonely Platelet: A Case of Refractory Thrombocytopenia. Poster session presented at: American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting; 2013 April 11-13, San Francisco, CA.
Starnes T, Prine B. Shouldering the Load of CrossFit: An Unusual Etiology of Shoulder Pain. Poster session presented at: Making the Call…Return to Play. 24th AMSSM Annual Meeting; 2015 April 14-19, Hollywood, FL.
Starnes T, Lomonaco R, Radhakrishnan N. Hepatic Manifestations of a Psychiatric Illness. Poster session presented at: FL Chapter ACP 2015 Residents and Medical Students Meeting; 2015 March 28-29, Orlando, FL.
Starnes T, Smith K, Smith MS. Neurologic Symptoms in a Football Player with Chiari I Malformation. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. 2015;7(5):214-216.
Starnes T, Zaremski J. Review and Comments on Dr. Kevin Wilk’s Article “Deficits in Glenohumeral Passive Range of Motion Increase Risk of Injury in Professional Baseball Pitchers: A Prospective Study.” Sports Review Journal Feb 2016.
Starnes, T, Zaremski J. Collateral Arm Damage from Rowing. Poster session presented at: Back to the Future: Celebrating 25 Years of AMSSM. 25th AMSSM Annual Meeting: 2016 April 15-20, Dallas, TX.
Starnes T, Radhakrishnan N. Hepatic Manifestations of a Psychiatric Illness. Oral session presented at: Generalists Engaged in Population Health: 2016 SGIM Annual Meeting: 2016 May 11-14, Hollywood, FL.
Smith MS, Starnes TA. Neck pain. In Desai B, Desai A. Primary Care for Emergency Medicine: Springer 2016: 79-88.
Starnes TA, Reifsteck F, Clugston JR, Harmon KG, Dillon MC, Edenfield KM. Pre-participation Cardiac Screening Including Electrocardiography (ECG) and Transthoracic Echocardiography (Echo) in Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division-1 (D1) Basketball Athletes. 2017 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine 26th Annual Meeting. Research Podium Presentation. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017 Mar. 27(2):190.
Starnes TA, Reifsteck F, Clugston JR, Harmon KG, Dillon MC, Edenfield KM. Echocardiogram Values in Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division-1 (D1) Basketball. AMSSM 2017. 2017 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine 26th Annual Meeting. Research Oral Poster Presentation. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017 Mar. 27(2):225.
Starnes T, Clugston J. An Evolving Electrocardiogram Leading to a Diagnostic Dilemma. Poster session presented at: Medicine in Motion. 26th AMSSM Annual Meeting; 2017 May 8-13, San Diego, CA.
Starnes T. Female Athlete Considerations. CME Presentation. 4th Mountain Orthopaedic Update; 2018 April 5, Asheville, NC.
Professional Memberships & Awards
Most Outstanding Overall Clinic Performance 2015-2016, University of Florida Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Resident of the Month, University of Florida Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, March 2016
Member American Medical Society for Sports Medicine