World Lacrosse today announced the appointment of Dr. Eugene Hong as its chief medical officer for a two-year term through 2025.
Hong’s volunteer responsibilities at World Lacrosse will include informing and advising the organization on medical- and safety-related issues relevant to the sport of lacrosse; providing oversight and analysis for the collection of data related to injuries; and improving the medical systems, policies and procedures for international lacrosse.
Hong will also oversee the World Lacrosse Medical Commission by appointing medical providers with appropriate areas of expertise, leading regular meetings and presenting best practice recommendations to organizational leadership.
Hong is the chief physician executive for the Medical University of South Carolina Physicians and MUSC Health. He has served as a team physician for several universities, colleges and high schools, as well as two U.S. national lacrosse teams.
A past board member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Hong is currently a member of the Clinical Sports Medicine Leadership Committee of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is also a past chair of the USA Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee and has served on the committee for 10 years, while also currently serving as the chief medical officer for Clemson University Athletics.
Hong published Mental Health in Athletes, one of the first medical textbooks on the topic written for sports medicine physicians and has served on the second NCAA Task Force on Mental Health in Athletes.
He has received numerous academic and professional awards and honors, including from the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, university teaching awards, and service awards from the AMSSM and the ACSM.