As a dancer in childhood and a figure skater as a teen, it has been a real joy to work with other athletes as a physician.


Caregiver Profile

Caregiver Profile

Meet Dr. Ellen Geminiani


Undergraduate Degree

  • Wheaton College , 1983 , Norton , MA

Medical School

  • Albany Medical College of Union University , 1987 , Albany , NY


Family Practice
  • Harrisburg Hospital , 1991 , Harrisburg , PA


Sports Medicine
  • Harrisburg Hospital , 1990 , Harrisburg , PA

Philosophy of Care

Medicine first peaked my interest in junior high biology. As I continued my education, I became increasingly intrigued by science and more aware of the artful way my own pediatrician combined empathy and humor into taking care of patients. Throughout my medical training, I have been most influenced by physicians who are able to listen well and communicate effectively with their patients. I was drawn to becoming a family physician because of the opportunity to develop excellent working relationships with patients.

I was introduced to sports medicine during my residency which provided a new opportunity for me to include my passion for dance and figure skating into my practice. As a dancer in childhood and a figure skater as a teen, it has been a real joy to work with these and other athletes as a physician.


Ellen Geminiani, MD is sports medicine physician in the Sports Medicine Division at Boston Children's Hospital. Her clinical interests include figure skating injuries, dance medicine, and general musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Geminiani is the chair of the U.S. Figure Skating Sports Science & Medicine Committee. She sees patient in Boston, Waltham, and Lexington.


  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Family Medicine, Sports Medicine


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles

  1. Pediatric and Adolescent Figure Skating Injuries: A 15-Year Retrospective Review. Clin J Sport Med. 2021 May 01; 31(3):295-303. View abstract
  2. Hallux Sesamoid Injury Characteristics in Young Athletes Presented to the Sports Medicine Clinic. Clin J Sport Med. 2021 Mar 01. View abstract
  3. Sport specialization of female figure skaters: cumulative effects on low back injuries. Phys Sportsmed. 2020 Dec 18; 1-6. View abstract
  4. Effect of Sports and Growth on Hamstrings and Quadriceps Development in Young Female Athletes: Cross-Sectional Study. Sports (Basel). 2019 Jun 28; 7(7). View abstract
  5. Sideline Coverage of Figure Skating Events. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2019 May; 18(5):166-171. View abstract
  6. Career Transitions for the Young Dancer: Considering Psychological Implications, Challenges with Athletic Identity, and Need for Available Resources. Med Probl Perform Art. 2019 03; 34(1):47-52. View abstract
  7. The Evaluation of Strength, Flexibility, and Functional Performance in the Adolescent Ballet Dancer During Intensive Dance Training. PM R. 2019 07; 11(7):722-730. View abstract
  8. Epidemiology of Figure Skating Injuries: A Review of the Literature. Sports Health. 2018 Nov/Dec; 10(6):532-537. View abstract
  9. Dual-task gait differences in female and male adolescents following sport-related concussion. Gait Posture. 2017 05; 54:284-289. View abstract
  10. Body Mass Index and Menstrual Patterns in Dancers. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 Jan; 56(1):49-54. View abstract
  11. Effect of Sports Specialization on Lower Extremity Strength between Female Figure Skaters and Soccer Players: 134 June 1, 10: 30 AM - 10: 45 AM. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 May; 48(5 Suppl 1):19. View abstract
  12. Initial symptom burden predicts duration of symptoms after concussion. J Sci Med Sport. 2016 Sep; 19(9):722-5. View abstract