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David Gronski, MD

David Gronski, MD
Sports Medicine Physician
Dean Medical Center

2501 W. Beltline Hwy, Suite 601
Madison, WI 53713


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David Gronski is a Sports Medicine Physician with Dean Medical Center in Madison, Wis. but has an extended background in Family Medicine as well. Born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, Gronski and his siblings were the first in their extended family to attend college. He received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 1987, his Medical Doctorate from University of Michigan Medical School in 1991, his Family Practice Residency at University of Wisconsin in 1994 and completed his Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center in 1995. As a primary care doctor the early part of his career, Dr. Gronski worked with a variety of ages and medical problems, from delivering babies and caring for hospitalized patients, to treating a complex array of outpatient medical problems and advising patients with “end of life” issues. A knee injury during medical school and a subsequent year-long rehabilitation, sparked his interest in Sports Medicine. He now works with patients on a large variety of musculoskeletal and sports-related medical problems and has served as a volunteer team physician at a local high school for more than 20 years. Dr. Gronski’s career has also included a stint serving as a medical director, supervising over 50 primary care physicians and 8 physician “site leaders” as well as managing budget issues, personnel concerns and setting policy as part of the medical leadership for a large multi-specialty clinic. In 2013, Dr. Gronski transitioned to a full-time Sports Medicine practice where he enjoys helping “athletes” of all ages stay healthy and optimize their physical and mental health. Dr. Gronski is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and American Academy of Family Physicians.

A career in Sports Medicine as a physician requires a commitment to education and helping others. David Gronski’s interest in Sports Medicine evolved during his education and was combined with a career in Family Medicine. As a primary care physician he has cared for patients from their birth until death. His career in Sports Medicine has included being a team physician for a local high school for 21 years. As well, he has cared for pre-teens, high school, college, Olympic and professional athletes, as well as “Weekend warriors” and “athletes” over 100 years old. Dr. Gronski reviews the common pathways to becoming a Sports Medicine physician and what to expect from a sometimes demanding, but very rewarding career as a “Jock Doc”. (Running Time 24:04)