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Joshua L. Gatz, MD

Pediatric Sports Medicine

 

Education

  • Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • Residency: (Pediatrics) Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI
  • Fellowship: (Primary Care Sports Medicine) Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI

About The Provider

Philosophy of Care
Dr. Gatz is a compassionate, trustworthy, and dedicated physician who focuses on treating the whole athlete. He appreciates the importance of building relationships and treats each patient as he would a member of his own family. As a pediatrics-trained sports medicine physician, Dr. Gatz will take the time to get to know you and your child, understanding their concerns and answering all questions. From a fall on the playground to a concussion at football practice, he has a vested interest in their success both on and off the field and will work together as a team to determine the best treatment options.

This team involves you and your child, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and orthopedic surgeons if necessary to achieve their goals. He has a unique skill set and offers an array of treatment options tailored to an individual’s needs and preferences, including advanced training in ultrasound-guided procedures and evaluations, regenerative medicine, personalized home exercises, and osteopathic manipulation.

Background
Dr. Gatz was born and raised in central Michigan before completing his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan. He has since resided in Detroit, where he completed four years of medical school, three years of pediatrics residency, and one year of a dedicated sports medicine fellowship. During his fellowship, Dr. Gatz advanced his knowledge of musculoskeletal medicine, mastered his ultrasound skills, and worked as the head team physician for Michigan Collegiate. He additionally served as a team doctor for the DCFC professional soccer team and the Detroit Red Wings.

If you were to meet Dr. Gatz outside of work, he would try to convince you to do a triathlon. He has been competing in the sport for over ten years and recently qualified for the Half-Ironman World Championships. He was also a three-time intramural flag football champion in medical school and even received a third-degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do while in high school (he swears he can still do a spinning tornado kick). Dr. Gatz enjoys traveling and camping and has some solid hiking trail recommendations for many of our national parks. He is excited to continue serving the pediatric population of southeast Michigan as a member of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan family.

Special Interests

Services and Medical Diagnostic Procedures

  • Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine
  • Non-operative Orthopedics
  • Non-surgical Fracture and Dislocation Management
  • Sports-related Concussion Diagnosis and Management
  • Diagnostic and Interventional Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Injections and Ultrasound-guided Tenotomy (TENEX)
  • Nerve and Fascial Hydrodissections
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
  • Medical Dry Needling and Trigger Point Injections
  • Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine
  • Preventative Musculoskeletal Health and Pre-Participation Physicals
  • Personalized Home Exercise Programs

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