UW Sports Medicine Section leader - Kim Harmon

Dr. Harmon is board certified in Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. She grew up in Mill Creek, WA, and then attended the University of Notre Dame where she was a student athletic trainer and played basketball. She attended Indiana University School of Medicine, completed her residency at Memorial Family Practice Residency in South Bend, IN where she was Chief Resident and received the Mead Johnson Award for Graduate Medical Education. She was the Head Team Physician at St. Mary’s College during that time. She completed the Ball Memorial Hospital Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship in Muncie, IN before moving back to Seattle.

Since that time she has worked at the University of Washington and her clinical practice has been located at Hall Health Primary Care Center.  Dr. Harmon is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and is Section Head of the newly created Section of Sports Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine.   She is an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine.  Her research interests include sudden cardiac death in athletes, the use of biologics such as platelet rich plasma in musculoskeletal medicine, concussion, and sickle cell trait in the athlete.  She has numerous publications and was the lead author of the recently published AMSSM Position Statement on Concussion in Sport.

Dr. Harmon has been faculty of the University of Washington Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship since 1998 and its Director since 2004. Under her leadership the fellowship has become widely recognized as one of the top sports medicine fellowship in the country which to date has produced sixteen excellent sports medicine physicians, many who practice around the Puget Sound area.  Beginning this year the fellowship will expand in partnership with Seattle Children’s  Hospital to include a second pediatrics sports medicine spot.  This will further enhance the fellowship training.

Dr. Harmon serves as the Associate Head Team Physician for the University of Washington and has been a team physician since 1998.  During her time at the UW she has been a team physician for cheerleading, volleyball, baseball, swimming, cross-country and track, and softball.   Currently, and for the last fifteen years she is a team physician for women’s basketball and football.  She also serves as a team physician for Bishop Blanchet High School and is on the medical advisory board of the Nick of Time Foundation where she helps provide community cardiac screening to identify youth at risk for sudden cardiac death.

Dr. Harmon is widely recognized nationally.  She is active in the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) where she has served on and has chaired numerous committees including the public relations committee, the program committee, the membership committee, and the executive search committee.  She served as President from 2009-2010 at a critical time in the organizations lifecycle operationalizing their strategic plan and helping structure the society for the accelerated fiscal and member growth it is currently experiencing.  She is now on their Foundation Board.  Dr. Harmon is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and was a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee from 2003-2007.  Dr. Harmon has been part of several national task forces;  including task forces on the

female athlete, sudden death in athletes, strength and conditioning and the athlete,  sickle cell trait in the athlete, and interpretation of the ECG in the athlete. She serves as a consultant to the NCAA and to the Department of Defense on special projects and as a content expert.

When not at work, Dr. Harmon is kept busy “covering” the events of her four boys Ryan, Jack, Patrick, and Sean.  She and her husband, Mike, enjoy boating, playing, watching and coaching sports and socializing with friends.