FLUSHING, N.Y., March 30, 2021 – The New York Mets today announced that Dr. Kathryn McElheny has been promoted to Head Team Physician. Dr. David Altchek will continue in his role as the team’s Medical Director.
As Head Team Physician, McElheny will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Mets medical department. She has served as the Mets’ Non-Operative Medical Director for the past two years. McElheny will succeed Dr. Struan Coleman. Dr. Coleman will be relocating to Washington, D.C., where his wife is a member of the Biden administration. He will continue to serve as a consultant with our entire Mets medical team.
“We are excited to have Dr. Kat McElheny take on a more senior role on our medical staff,” said Mets’ President Sandy Alderson. “Her experience in medicine and with the Mets will be an integral part of keeping our players in peak physical condition. I would also like to thank Dr. Struan Coleman for his fifteen years of extraordinary service with the Mets and look forward to continued collaboration.”
Dr. McElheny is dual board certified in Pediatrics and Sports Medicine and is a member of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. She received Sports Medicine fellowship training at Hospital for Special Surgery where she served as a fellow team physician for the New York Giants and New York Mets.
Dr. McElheny graduated with honors from Emory University in 2009 where she was a member of the track and cross country team. She went on to graduate magna cum laude from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago where she was voted a member of the AOA national honor medical society. She completed her residency training at Weill Cornell/New York Presbyterian Medical Center in New York where she was Chief Resident.
Dr. McElheny has authored or co-authored multiple scientific papers, with ongoing research projects largely concentrated in baseball injury prevention at both the youth and professional level.