Josh Berkowitz, MD is a medical provider with the Primary Care clinics and Sports Medicine clinic at Campus Health.
Dr. Berkowitz has been an athlete his whole life. His primary personal sports affiliation has revolved around ultimate frisbee. He played for UNC and later Ring of Fire, a club team out of Raleigh that routinely qualifies for the national championship tournament. Now that he’s an “old athlete” (his words), he appreciates his ability to stay involved with sports and teams to encourage another generation of athletes through his work with sports medicine. He received his medical degree from the UNC School of Medicine in 2010, then stayed on to complete dual-specialty residency training in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He served as chief resident in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, before completing a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Campus Health. Dr. Berkowitz began his permanent position working at Campus Heath in 2016.
Sports Medicine Clinic
In the Sports Medicine Clinic, Dr. Berkowitz provides primary care services for athletes and takes care of sports related injuries and musculoskeletal complaints. Sports Medicine providers also cover sporting events in case something happens on the field, and work behind the scenes to keep athletes healthy and doing well so they can get back to playing. The Sports Medicine clinic is available to any student who is active and has a sports related injury. Dr. Berkowitz and his colleagues provide same level of care to the general student body as they do to UNC student-athletes. “This generation is increasingly active. Even people who don‘t consider themselves athletes are active or trying to be,” Dr. Berkowitz said. He went on to talk about how because of this, Sports Medicine is a growing piece of primary care services.
When asked if he had any advice to keep students healthy and safe, he acknowledged that people know a lot about what to do to stay healthy. He views his job as to support that knowledge by figuring out ways to help his patients do what they already know. He went on to encourage students to stay active by finding something they enjoy doing. “If you don’t like running, then trying to run five days a week isn’t going to be sustainable,” he said. “Find something you like, stick with it and if you have any problems along the way, be sure to let us know and we’ll try to help.”