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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

First topic will focus on concussions and head injuries

Two student leaders at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) announced that “Concussions and Head Injuries,” the inaugural offering of a new Sports Medicine Lecture series at GCSOM, will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Michael Pheasant of East Stroudsburg and Bradley Garcia of Doylestown, both third-year medical students, are members of GCSOM’s Student Musculoskeletal Society (SMS). Together they and Mark Seeley, MD, SMS club advisor and faculty sponsor, developed the concept for sharing information on safety, exercise and health for free with the community. The Musculoskeletal Institute at Geisinger then helped to create and launch the program. Lectures will offer expert insight that will help athletes, coaches, parents and community members gain a better understanding of topics focused on healthy living through a sports medicine perspective.

At the Sept. 17 lecture, Roxanna Larsen, director of sports medicine, orthotics & fitness, Musculoskeletal Institute at Geisinger and Kelly Clark, program manager of sports medicine, Geisinger Wyoming Valley will present “Concussions and Head Injuries,” a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded lecture. Both Larsen and Clark were instrumental in guiding the students and recruiting future speakers.

The lecture will be held at GCSOM, 525 Pine Street in Scranton and is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, contact Michael Pheasant at

About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) is a member of the Geisinger family. GCSOM offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Lewistown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a portfolio of graduate degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the state and the nation. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

Student Musculoskeletal Society (SMS) Sports Medicine Lecture - Sept. 2019
Bradley Garcia and Michael Pheasant, both third-year medical student and members of GCSOM’s Student Musculoskeletal Society (SMS)
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