Sports Medicine Fellowship

Overview of the Program

The Sports Medicine Fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is one of the first primary care sports medicine programs in the country, beginning in the early 1990’s. The program is housed in and strongly supported by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. The fellowship works directly with Rutgers and Princeton Universities. Faculty at the universities serve as Directors of Sports Medicine for the athletic programs. The fellowship has strong academic ties with the medical school, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, orthopedics, radiology and other allied health care providers, and fellows have been integrated into the medical teaching system for over twenty years.

Through direct involvement in the daily operations of both universities’ sports medicine programs, the fellow is provided with an exceptional learning experience. They see the entire scope of sports medicine from medical disorders in the athlete, (concussions, nutritional, psychological issues, etc), to a large variety of orthopedic problems. Fellows gain experience in covering and treating a wide variety of sports at the NCAA Division 1 level. Fellows also partake in many NCAA sponsored national events throughout the year. Additional experiences at a junior college and high school provide a well rounded educational experience. In addition, fellows get extensive experience in musculoskeletal procedures, including diagnostic ultrasound, ultrasound guided injections, casting, and splinting.

The sports medicine faculty is one of the most experienced of any program in the country. The core faculty has over 55 years of combined experience teaching fellows and come from a variety of disciplines (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine). Faculty members are leaders in the field with two faculty Dr. M. Putukian (current), and Dr. B Halpern (past program director), serving as past presidents of AMSSM. Our faculty has been recognized nationally for their work in areas of sports medicine, including concussion and musculoskeletal ultrasound. This exceptional faculty provides the fellow with a myriad of opportunities to be involved with research and other scholarly activities.

The sports medicine fellowship is one of the oldest most respected programs in the country. It has a tremendously experienced faculty who are leaders in this rapidly growing field. Fellows are provided with a variety of educational opportunities through close integration with two major collegiate athletic programs.

Jill Kropa, M.D.
Sports Medicine Fellowship Director


View a sample schedule below which varies based on the time of year and event coverage. 

Sample Schedule
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RU/Princeton FamMed Cov Off




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Cov Off Off Off
  • Rad - Radiology
  • RU - Rutgers
  • Conf - Didactic Conferences
  • FamMed - Primary specialty hours
  • OBHS - Old Bridge High School
  • MCC - Middlesex County College
  • PCSM - Primary Care Sports Medicine
  • Cov - Coverage

Educational Curriculum

    • Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellows Clinic
    • Rutgers University Sports Medicine
    • Princeton University Sports Medicine
    • High School Training Room
    • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
    • Pediatric Orthopedics
    • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
    • Orthopedic Upper Extremity & Hand
    • Orthopedic Foot & Ankle
    • Orthopedic & PM&R Spine
    • Primary Care Sports Medicine
    • Student Health Sports Medicine at Princeton
    • Musculoskeletal Radiology
    • Weekly didactics with Sports Medicine Faculty
    • Orthopedic conference participation
    • Monthly Journal Club
  • Fellows are expected to participate in a research project or scholarly activity. This may include a presentation of a poster or case at a national conference or a sports medication publication.

    Rutgers Sports Medicine currently has active research projects analyzing concussion in athletes and cardiovascular risk factors in athletes. Sports Medicine has conducted research projects incorporating musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound into medical education and is continuing to expand the use of MSK ultrasound in research.

Who We Are

  • Jill Kropa, MD
    Program Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
    Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health

    Dr. Kropa joined the Family Medicine Department and the Sports Medicine Division at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson in 2016. She attended medical school at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson before moving to Philadelphia to complete a Family Medicine Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. While there she was elected Chief Resident in her third year. She remained at Jefferson to pursue a Sports Medicine Fellowship before returning back to NJ. She currently practices Sports Medicine and Primary Care while also participating in educational programs for medical students, residents and fellows and serves as an assistant team physician for Rutgers Athletics.

    Kinshasha Morton, MD
    Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health

    Dr. Morton joined the family medicine department as sports medicine faculty in 2007. He participates in the musculoskeletal education of the family medicine residents and also the 3rd year medical students during their family medicine clerkship. He serves as assistant team physician for Rutgers Athletics. Dr. Morton also aids in the supervision of the primary care sports medicine fellows as they treat athletes at the high school and collegiate level. He graduated from the Rutgers-RWJ Family Medicine Residency program in 2006 and subsequently completed the primary care sports medicine fellowship at the same program in 2007. Undergraduate and medical school education was completed at Lehigh University and Howard University College of Medicine respectively. Special interest include all levels of athletics, particularly football.

    Jason Womack, MD
    Associate Program Director
    Chair of the Division of Sports Medicine and Head Team Physician Rutgers Athletics
    Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health

    Dr. Womack has been director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship since 2014 and on faculty in the Department of Family Medicine since 2008.  He graduated from Rutgers University and attended medical school at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. Dr. Womack pursued a residency in family medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and was elected chief resident. He returned to Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson for fellowship in sports medicine prior to being recruited as faculty. Currently, Dr. Womack is actively involved in the education of students, residents, and fellows, and serves as the Assistant Team Physician at Rutgers University, in addition to his other clinical responsibilities of sports medicine and primary care.

    Sasha Steinlight, MD
    Team Physician
    Princeton University

    Dr. Steinlight is currently a team and staff physician at Princeton University in the University Health Services department. Dr. Steinlight treats both the student athlete and general student population for musculoskeletal and general medical concerns.

    Dr. Steinlight received her undergraduate education at Indiana University. She pursued her MS at Rutgers-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2002 and subsequently her MD at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School in 2006. She completed residency training in family medicine at the University Of Pennsylvania and then returned to New Jersey for fellowship. She completed her fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson in 2010.

    Jason Krystofiak, MD
    RWJ Barnabas Health

    Dr. Krystofiak joined RWJBarnabas Health and has been working with Rutgers Athletics since 2018. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He graduated from Rutgers University and attended Ross University School of Medicine where he graduated with honors. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the medical school. During residency, he served as chief resident and received the Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. He is fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine at the same institution. Dr. Krystofiak currently serves as Assistant Team Physician for Rutgers Athletics and is also the Medical Director for Sky Blue FC. Dr. Krystofiak is involved in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows.

  • View our list of current and past fellows. 

  • Headshot of Michael Cespites

    Dr. Michael Cespites was born and raised on Long Island, NY. He studied biology at Stony Brook University and attended medical school at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was a family medicine resident at Northwell Health Peconic Bay Medical Center on Long Island where he completed a sports medicine track and served as chief resident. He is passionate about treating all athletes, with a particular interest in high impact sports. Outside of medicine, he enjoys staying active by running and mountain biking. He also enjoys rooting for his favorite sports teams including the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburg Steelers.

  • Headshot of Michelle Gorbonosov

    I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I attended The Macaulay Honors Program at Brooklyn College where I was able to combine my love for science, art, and dance. I studied Chemistry and Art History while dancing for the Macaulay Honors Competitive Bollywood Dance Team. I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in medicine and was able to continue my training at SUNY Upstate School of Medicine in Syracuse, NY. There, I developed my deep passion for academic medicine and caring for the underserved. Simultaneously, I continued my love for dance by joining the various dance opportunities in medical school, including the Bollywood Dance Night. During my third year, I saw how versatile family medicine was and realized it was the specialty for me! Through residency, I learned how much I loved Sports Medicine and caring for athletes. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, going to art museums, and eating lots of delicious food with my partner. I am excited to continue my journey at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School now as a Sports Medicine fellow and continue to work alongside the wonderful people here!

  • Collegiate Sports Medicine

    • Kirtida Patel, MD 2006. Elon Univ, Greensville, NC 
    • Kinshasa Morton, MD 2007. Rutgers-RWJ, New Brunwick, NJ
    • Jason Womack, MD 2008. Rutgers Univ. 
    • Sasha Steinlight, MD 2010. Princeton Univ.
    • Claudia DalMolin, DO 2014, Univ Maryland & UMBC
    • Jason Krystofiak, MD 2018. Rutgers University, NJ
    • Sheimeica Binns, MD 2022, Drexel Sports Medicine
    • Richard Chen, MD 2022, UPenn Student Health Services
    • Sydney Asselstine, MD 2023
    • Brandon Daigle, MD 2023

    Professional Sports Medicine

    • Robert Flannery, MD 2013 University Hospitals, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland, OH

    Sports Medicine Faculty

    • Dennis Cardone, DO 1996. NYU. New York, NY 
    • Kinshasa Morton, MD 2007. Rutgers-RWJ, New Brunwick, NJ 
    • Claudia DalMolin, DO 2014, Univ Maryland, Baltimore, MD 
    • J. Rory Tucker, MD 2014, Penn St, Hershey, PA 
    • Anthony Shadiack, DO 2015, Thomas E. Langley, Ocala, FL 
    • Kristine Quirolgico, MD 2018, Hospital for Special Sugery, New York, NY

    Academic Faculty Practice

    • Dennis Cardone, DO 1996. NYU. New York, NY 
    • Robert Monaco, MD 1997, Rutgers University 
    • Kinshasa Morton, MD 2007. Rutgers-RWJ, New Brunwick, NJ 
    • Claudia DalMolin, DO 2014, Univ Maryland, Baltimore, MD 
    • J. Rory Tucker, MD 2014, Penn St, Hershey, PA 
    • Anthony Shadiack, DO 2015, Thomas E. Langley, Ocala, FL 
    • Kristine Quirolgico, MD 2018, Hospital for Special Sugery, New York, NY

    Orthopedic Practice

    • Robert Monaco, MD 1997, Atlantic Health, Morristown, NJ
    • Monica Arnold, MD 2002
    • Nicole Solomos, MD 2005, Hudson Valley Bone and Joint Surgeons

    Private Practice

    • Ozrich King, MD 2003. Hosp Special Surg, NYC
    • Melissa Rose, MD 2005. Bayside Peds, CA 
    • Zachary Schepart, MD 2017. Westfield, MA
    • Kathlen Cohen, MD 2020. Seattle, WA

    Hospital System Outpatient Sports Medicine

    • Robert Flannery, MD 2013. University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH
    • Siatta Dunbar, DO 2015. Fairview Health Services, M 
    • Jason Krystofiak, MD 2018. RWJ Barnabas Livingston, NJ
    • Matthew Parisi, MD 2019. RWJ Baranabas. Marlboro, NJ
    • Tauqeer Qazi, MD 2020. RWJ Barnabas, Tinton Falls, NJ

Benefits and Salary

The Sports Medicine Fellowship offers a uniform package of benefits consistent with those provided at all graduate medical educational programs operated by the medical school. Full details regarding benefits and salary are continuously updated by the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

  • Salary: $74,056
  • Funding if Presenting at a Conference
  • Book Allowance: $1,300
  • Vacation: 4 weeks
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Temporary Disability
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Life Insurance
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Contact Us

Lillian Kimmel
Fellowship Coordinator
303 George Street, 6th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 732-235-7664

Jill Kropa, M.D.
Program Director
303 George Street, 6th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Resident and Student Electives 
Electives for Outside Residents - We provide 2 week elective opportunities for outside residents interested in pursuing a sports medicine fellowship. Please contact us at least 3 months prior to the desired elective in order to process the appropriate paperwork.