Cayce Onks, MS, DO

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    Research interests

    Dr. Cayce Onks' research focuses on the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries and sport-related concussions. He was recently part of a team that developed an objective clinical tool to aid in primary prevention of musculoskeletal injuries.

    This current study examined the use of micro-Doppler radar as an objective and novel way to look at human movement patterns that place individuals at risk for musculoskeletal injuries, such as ankle injuries and ACL tears, and track progress while recovering. The findings also have the potential for clinical application to prevention of falls and disabilities, early detection of Parkinson’s disease, early detection of dementia, concussion diagnosis and other conditions.

    Teaching and educational interests

    Dr. Cayce Onks is director of the the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

    Previously, he was a faculty member/associate program director of the program since its conception. He helped to build the curriculum and clinical experiences that are provided to the fellow.

    He is also a co-director of the advanced musculoskeletal anatomy elective for medical students at Penn State College of Medicine.

    As a faculty member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Dr. Onks teaches clinical skills to fellows, residents and medical students. His teaching activities have included the development and implementation of a casting and joint injection workshop for family medicine residents; he continues to be a faculty participant in this workshop.

    Dr. Onks also teaches medical students in advanced musculoskeletal anatomy and sports medicine, and in the family medicine clerkship.

    Clinical interests

    Dr. Cayce Onks began his career in sports medicine as a certified athletic trainer and continues to maintain an active national athletic training  certification.

    He has a comprehensive family medicine practice in addition to his sports medicine practice. As a sports medicine physician, he provides extensive primary preventive services to patients, including evaluation and management of orthopedic injuries, exercise prescription, sport-related concussion, medical management of athletic-related illness and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

    Professional information

    Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in primary care sports medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, 2012 to present

    Board-certified in family medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, 2011 to present

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Sports Medicine, Fellowship, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


    Family Medicine, Residency, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center


    Traditional Osteopathic Rotating Internship, Crozer Keystone Health System - Delaware County Memorial Hospital


    DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine


    Athletic Training, MS, Ohio University


    Exercise Science, BS, University of Tennessee


    External positions

    Member, American College of Sports Medicine

    2014 → …

    Member, American Academy of Family Physicians

    2009 → …

    Member, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

    2008 → …

    Member, National Athletic Trainers Association

    1998 → …


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