Michael Collins MD

Dr. Collins is an internationally renowned expert in sports-related concussion and serves as director and a founding member of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Dr. Collins’ expertise attracts elite and professional athletes from around the world seeking the comprehensive care he provides and the multidisciplinary approach he helped to introduce. Dr. Collins and his UPMC program colleagues see dozens of patients every day – including youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes.

Dr. Collins also has been a lead author and investigator on numerous groundbreaking studies published in Journal of the American Medical Association, Neurosurgery, and the American Journal of Sports Medicine and Pediatrics, among others. He has been the lead author or co-author on more than 75 peer-reviewed research articles in medical journals and has delivered more than 350 presentations at national and international scientific meetings.

Dr. Collins was an instrumental source in developing concussion-management policy in youth sports, return-to-play laws, and the Centers for Disease Control’s concussion toolkit. He is a co-founder of ImPACT® (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing); the most widely used computerized sports-concussion evaluation system that has become a standard of care in nearly all organized sports at all levels. He is a leader in educating and implementing the proper usage of baseline and post-injury neurocognitive testing as one tool to help determine an injury’s severity and recovery for safe return to play.

In addition to training thousands of physicians and certified athletic trainers in the diagnosis and management of sports-related concussion, he advises numerous athletic organizations and teams, including several major-college programs, the Pittsburgh Steelers®, the Pittsburgh Penguins®, numerous Major League Baseball clubs, USA Rugby, and Cirque De Soleil. He also serves as a consultant or on the editorial board of such publications as Brain Injury Professional, the Journal of Athletic Training, and the Journal of Sports Neurology.

A graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology, Dr. Collins earned a master’s degree in psychology and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Michigan State University.