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2018 Niagara Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee Profile: Frank J. Schlehr, M.D.

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- A native of Western New York, Frank J. Schlehr, M.D. is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy. He has been practicing sports medicine in his hometown since 1994 and has served as the team physician for Niagara University Athletics since 1995.

Dr. Schlehr was a three-sport athlete at Amherst High School and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame before attending medical school at Vanderbilt University.

Dr Schlehr has worked with numerous athletic teams including as a consultant for the San Francisco 49'ers, an assistant team physician for the Stanford University football team, and the team physician for the Buffalo Blizzard professional soccer team. 

Dr. Schlehr has given numerous presentations on sports medicine on both the local and national level.  He has been a featured speaker for the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association and presented at professional conferences including the Mid-Central States Orthopaedic Society, National Family Practice Meeting and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  In addition, he has published numerous research articles in the areas of Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury and the use of surgical lasers. 

He is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  He is one of the first orthopaedic surgeons to receive a subspecialty certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc.  

Dr. Schlehr is married to Kimberly S. Schlehr, M.D. and they have four children: Madeline, Eva, Isabelle, and John.

PurpleEagles.com: How did you end up at Niagara University? 
Dr. Schlehr: John Munro (Assistant Athletic for Sports Medicine) called and asked me to be the team physician.

PE.com: Why did you want to get involved with the athletics?
Dr. Schlehr: My passion for athletics.

PE.com: What moment or moments from your time working with athletics, do you look back upon with most fondness? 
Dr. Schlehr: The relationship with the student-athletes, coaches, trainers and everyone involved with the sports medicine program.

PE.com: What have your friendship relationships with your colleagues meant to your through the years? 
Dr. Schlehr: The relationships are the most important piece of one's life.


The 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 3 at 5 p.m. in the Russel J. Salvatore Dining Commons on the campus of Niagara University.