St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's third-
largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas, including
seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers, and two
freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

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Joseph A. Volpe, MD

Joseph A. Volpe, MD, is a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician. He completed his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, followed by an internship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. At Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Dr. Volpe completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and was named Chief Resident. He went on to complete a Fellowship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hughston Sports Medical Foundation in Columbus, Georgia.

Dr. Volpe has a strong background in the field of sports medicine. He serves as the Medical Committee Co-Chair for the Lance Armstrong Foundation Ride for the Roses, Consulting Physiatrist for the Austin Ice Bats Central Hockey League, and Team Physician for Anderson High School in Austin. In the Dallas area, he administered pre-participation physicals and provided sports event medical coverage for schools, and served as Team Physician for Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia; Chattahoochee Valley Community College and Central High School in Phenix City, Alabama; and Frost High School Football Team in Frost, Texas.  He also served as Associate Physician for the Columbus Cottonmouths Central Hockey League; the Columbus RedStixx, Single A Minor League Baseball; and the Dallas BURN, Major League Soccer. Additionally, Dr. Volpe has served on the medical staff for numerous sports tournaments throughout Dallas and the Southeastern U.S.

Dr. Volpe is the recipient of many honors and awards. From 1994 to 1995, he was the Contributing Editor for Rehab in Review, and was a Contributing Author for the Textbook of Running Medicine.  His works have appeared in numerous medical journals including the Journal of Applied Physiology and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. A renowned speaker, Dr. Volpe has been a presenter at such professional events as the Duke University Sports Medicine Annual Conference and the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.


Fellowship, 1998 - 1999
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Hughston Sports Medical Foundation
Columbus, GA

Master of Education, 1998
Kinesiology - Exercise
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Residency, 1995 – 1998
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Baylor University Medical Center

Internship, 1994 – 1995
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation/ Rotating
Louisiana State University

Doctor of Medicine, 1994
University of Texas at Galveston
Galveston, TX

Bachelor of Arts, 1984
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Clinical Appointments:

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Austin Diagnostic Clinic, Austin, TX

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Texas Orthopedics
Austin, TX

1997-1998 Chief Resident Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Baylor University
Medical Center Dallas, TX

Chief Resident/Didactic Course Coordinator
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Licensure & Certification:

Texas Georgia Louisiana Georgia Board Certified Diplomat, American Board of physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1999

Honors and Awards Honorable Mention, Ursula Krusen Award, Texas Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Society, 1997

Ralston Educational Grants – The University of Texas Medical Branch

Galveston, Texas 1990 to 1992 Dean’s List – The University of Texas at Austin, 1984

Professional Organizations

Texas Medical Association Travis County Medical Society

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Fellow, 1999

American Medical Association

American College of Sports Medicine Dallas County Medical Society

Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports, and Occupational Rehabilitation (PASSOR)

Community Service

Guest Lecturer – Texas Women’s University, School of Occupational Therapy Dallas, TX 1996-1998

Medical Staff – Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation, 1998-1999

Baylor SortsCare, Dallas, Texas

Administered pre-participation physicals and provided sports event medical

coverage for local schools and events

Team Physician:

Anderson High School, Austin, Texas, 2000-present

Georgia Southwestern College, Americus, Georgia, 1998-1999 Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Phenix City, Alabama, 1998-1999 Central High School, Phenix City, Alabama, 1998-1999

Frost High School Football, Frost, Texas, 1995-1998

Medical Committee Co-Chair Lance Armstrong Foundation, Ride for the Roses, 2001-present

Consulting Physiatrist

Austin Ice Bats, Central Hockey League, 2000-present

Associate Physician:

Columbus Cottonmouths, Central Hockey League, 1998-1999

Columbus RedStixx, Single A Minor League Baseball, South Atlantic League, 1998-1999

Dallas BURN, Major League Soccer, 1997-1998

Associate Medical Director: Hughston Marathon, Callaway Gardens, 1998

Medical Staff:

Lance Armstrong Ride for the Roses, Austin, Texas, 2000 to 2002

NFCA Lead off Classic, Columbus, Georgia, 1999

USA Military Championships, Columbus, Georgia, 1999

SEC Championship Softball Tournament, Columbus, Georgia, 1999

NCAA Div II South Regional Basketball Tournament, Fort Valley, Georgia, 1999

GHSA Semi-final Football Playoffs, Atlanta, Georgia, 1998

CYSA Puma challenge Soccer Tournament, 1998 to 1999

White Rock Marathon, Dallas, Texas 1995 to 1997

Tom Landry Triathlon, Dallas, TX 1996 to 1998

Dallas Cup Soccer Tournament, 1998

Lake Highlands Soccer Tournament, 1995 to 1997

Dallas Hoop It Up Tournament, 1997

ITU National Duathlon Championships, 1997

Ironhead Productions Triathlons, 1995 to 1998

Louisiana College Baseball Tournament, 1995

Contributing Editor, Rehab in Review, 1994 -1995


Contributing Author, Textbook of Running Medicine, O’Connor, F.G., Wilder, R.P.,

Editors, McGraw-Hill Inc. 2001.

Volpe, J.A., Wilder, R.P. “Groin Pain in Soccer Player”. Med. and Sci. in Sports and

Exercise, 29(5): Supplement S268 #1527, 1997.

Broeder, C.E., Barrhus, K.A., Svanevik, C.S., Volpe, J.A., Wilmore, J.H. “Assessing Body

Composition before and After Resistance or Endurance Training”. Med. and Sci. in

Sports and Exercises, 29(5): 705-712, 1997.

Wilimore, J.H., Wambsgans, K.C., Volpe, J.A., et al. “Is There Energy Conservation in

Amenorrheic Compared to Eumenorrheic Distance Runners?”. Jnl. Applied Physiology, 72(1): 15-22, 1992.

Broeder, C.E., Volpe, J.A., Wilmore, J.H., et al. “The Effects of Either High Intensity

Resistance or Endurance Training on Resting Metabolic Rate”. Med. and Sci. in Sports and Exercise, 23(4) Supplement, S48 #284, 1991.

Wilmore, J.H., Brownell, K.D., Volpe, J.A., et al. “Metabolic Efficiency in Elite Amenorrheic and Eumenorrhiec Middle-Distance Runners”. Med. and Sci. in Sports and Exercise. 21(2): 2006


Lectures, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Didactic Series, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,Baylor University Medical Center Dallas, Texas, 1995 to 1998

Grand Rounds, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1995

“Groin Pain in a Soccer Player”, American college of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 1997

“The Health and Aerobic Fitness of Sports Officials”, 1999 Hughston Society Meeting, Columbus, Georgia, 1999

“Groin Pain in Athletes”. Duke University Sports Medicine Center, Sports Medicine Conference, Durham, North Carolina, 1999

Clinical Case Presentation Panel Member, “Hip and Groin Pain in Athletes”. American, College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, 2001


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