Ask Doctor Hockey

Here at HockeyClanTM we pride ourselves on understanding what hockey families want and need. Now we have assembled a team of world class physicians, our founder included, that allows you access to their medical and hockey expertise. Our physicians all have a unique passion for ice hockey and dedication to their field of expertise.

We will choose select topics to cover based on these questions. Please forgive us as we will not be able to answer all questions, nor provide individual medical advice. Please note that this is not medical advice and is for informational purposes only. Please consult your own physicians as your symptoms and problems may not relate to the information provided. Please call 911 or your local emergency services in case of emergency.

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We are proud to introduce the HockeyClan Doctor Hockey Team!

Charles A. Popkin, MD - Lead physician HockeyClan. Sports Medicine Specialist. Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center; New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Popkin specializes in sports-related injuries of the knee, shoulder, elbow, and hip for the pediatric, adolescent, and collegiate athlete. He serves as team physician and consultant for numerous college and high school teams in the NY area. Dr. Popkin is conducting research on hockey injuries to the knee, ACL injury prevention, ACL reconstruction techniques in the pediatric athlete, the influence of parents on sports performance, and advanced arthroscopic techniques of the elbow. He has lectured nationally on overuse injuries in pediatric and adolescent athletes, ACL injuries, tibial spine fractures, patellar instability and cartilage lesions of the knee. Dr. Popkin was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. He attended Colgate University in upstate New York, where he played football as a defensive back for the Raiders. He is a life-long hockey fan and, during his training, has cared for college hockey teams in both Canada and Minnesota.


Christopher Doumas, MD -  Founder HockeyClan. Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist. Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Chief of Hand Surgery, Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Dr. Doumas specializes in caring for the entire upper extremity from the shoulder down to the fingertips. He has been team consultant for the NJ Titans hockey team, plays goalie and has multiple children playing ice hockey. He has three main passions in his life; his hockey family (the original HockeyClan!), his profession as a surgeon and ice hockey. HockeyClan is an extension of his passions and comes full circle now with this newest feature.


Gino Chiappetta, MD - Spine Specialist. Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Chiappetta specializes in cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine surgery. He is an expert in both traumatic and degenerative conditions affecting the spine and has served as a consultant for high schools and colleges in NJ. He brings a lifelong passion of ice hockey to our members.



Kenneth G. Swan, Jr. MD - Sports Medicine Specialist. Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Swan specializes in traumatic and chronic sports related injuries in athletes of all ages. He currently serves as team physician for multiple teams in New Jersey and has treated numerous hockey players throughout his career, including while serving as one of the team physicians for the University of Denver hockey team. He played football for Cornell University and was previously one of the team physicians for the University of Colorado football team. He continues to have a passion for seeing athletes return to their previous level of play after recovering from an injury.


T. Sean Lynch, MD - Sports Medicine Specialist. Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center; New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Lynch specializes in the nonoperative and operative treatment of hip and knee disorders in athletes of all levels. He is an expert in hip surgery and knee ligament reconstruction with minimally invasive and arthroscopic techniques. His particular clinical interests include injuries of the ACL, knee articular cartilage and the meniscus. He also specializes in labral injuries of the hip.



Thomas S. Bottiglieri, DO - Sports Medicine Specialist. Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center; New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Bottiglieri specializes in the non-operative management of complex medical conditions affecting athletes, including chronic and acute injuries affecting the bones, joints, and muscles of pediatric and adult patients. Additionally, he is an expert in the field of concussion care and management, and focuses on a patient-centered approach to patient care that stresses shared decision making with his patients and their families.


Manolis G. Manolakakis, DMD, FACS - Oral Surgery and Advanced Facial Surgery. Dr. Manolakakis is a cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgeon and founder of Advanced Facial Surgery in Shrewsbury, NJ, and NYC. Dr. Manolakakis is certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, and fellowship trained in facial cosmetic surgery. He is uniquely trained to comprehensively evaluate and treat all functional and aesthetic aspects of the face, neck and mouth. Dr. Manolakaksis attended Boston University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is a life-long fan of hockey, spending his formative years playing street hockey and experiencing the BU national championship win during his college years. Professionally, hes been putting hockey players back together since 2006. 


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