Meet Dr. Katherine Coyner
Sports Medicine Specialist in Dallas
As a lifelong athlete, sports medicine specialist Katherine Coyner, M.D., understands the frustration and fear that can accompany a sports injury. And she knows how pain and discomfort can impact every aspect of life, for athletes and non-athletes alike.
That’s why Dr. Coyner is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their sports dreams and ensuring all patients have the opportunity to maintain their quality of life.
A Lifelong Passion
Dr. Coyner’s interest in sports medicine began in college, when she was the starting point guard for the University of Massachusetts basketball team. At UMass, she was the second player ever to score 1,000 points and total more than 500 assists in her career – and the only woman to reach that goal. She also holds top-10 rankings in 30 different areas for accomplishments throughout her basketball career and within individual seasons.
Dr. Coyner’s successful basketball career helped guide her to the field of sports medicine. After earning her M.D. from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine and performing an orthopaedic surgery residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, she was selected for the Sports Medicine Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, a position that merged her two biggest passions in life: basketball and medicine. At Duke, Dr. Coyner served as a team physician for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the football team, and the women’s soccer team.
The pressure and team spirit of sports prepared her to excel at orthopaedic surgery, and she loves getting athletes back onto the field.
“It’s instant gratification to experience them doing well and returning to their level of play,” she says.
Paving the Way
Dr. Coyner is also passionate about paving the way for women in the world of sports medicine. In the United States, fewer than 5 percent of orthopaedic surgeons are women, and in the Dallas area, she’s one of only a few female sports medicine physicians.
But breaking down barriers is nothing new for Dr. Coyner. She was the first female in the orthopaedic surgery residency program at William Beaumont Hospital. And in 2013, she brought the Perry Initiative to Dallas – a free, hands-on experience for high school and college-aged women intended to expose them to male-dominated fields such as engineering and orthopaedic surgery. During the one-day event, students hear from women leaders in these fields and get to try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments. In 2015, Dr. Coyner was invited to be a member of the Perry Initiative Advisory Board and appointed Treasurer in 2016.
Dr. Coyner’s love of both sports and medicine combine to make her a highly compassionate doctor who offers patient-centered care.
One of the most common sports injuries that Dr. Coyner sees is ACL tears – a condition that occurs up to eight times more often in female athletes.
“As a former college athlete, I saw a lot of my teammates affected by this,” she says. “To be able to help them get back to play is very important. And I actually had an ACL tear myself and had surgery. So I’ve experienced the whole spectrum of treatment, from having a teammate tear her ACL and be out for a season, to being able to treat patients and getting them back to the field, and also experiencing it personally,” she says.