Research & Publications
Mark Dundas, MD, is a physiatrist (a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation) who focuses on nonsurgical sports medicine and orthopedic care. Dr. Dundas developed a special interest in sports medicine after having his own share of injuries. “I’ve known what it’s like to have an injury and go through the rehabilitation process—there is a struggle coping with the loss of your function, managing pain as you reactivate your muscles, and working through the fear of moving again,” he says.
As a physiatrist, Dr. Dundas focuses on the whole person as opposed to one specific body part. “Our joints are wonderfully and frustratingly connected. So, I need to examine the surrounding body regions to design the best rehabilitation plan. We are learning more and more how pain changes more than just the injured anatomic structure. I often talk to my patients about how they're sleeping, their mood, their diet, and how their life has changed because of the problem they've come to talk to me about. I look at a picture that is often more than just what the MRI or X-ray shows,” he says.
Dr. Dundas uses a variety of approaches that includes exercise and may include medications, injections, and physical therapy to help patients reach their goals and return to their activities. He also helps patients prepare for surgery. “The better you are moving before going into surgery, the better you will do after surgery,” he says. “Regenerative medicine is a growing and exciting field of orthopedics that has the potential to improve function and potentially avoid surgery in conditions like arthritis and tendinopathy. I am excited to be a member of the team here at Yale and engage in clinical trials with these new treatment options.”
As assistant professor of clinical orthopedics at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Dundas often draws upon his early work in a biomechanics laboratory, where he studied how people move. “I've been able to build on that knowledge and use it when I'm assessing patients,” he says. “I tell patients there's no bad exercise or activity, but you can do anything improperly and increase your risk for pain and injury. That’s where things like form and mechanics come into play.
Running is an example of a sport where form is important,” he says. “When I'm assessing a runner, I look at everything: the whole kinetic chain, or how the whole body moves. If there's a weakness or restriction around your ankle, it can change stresses at your hip and vice versa. Everything's connected and it is my job to help keep you moving.”
Education & Training
- FellowshipThe Hospital for Special Surgery (2018)
- ResidencyUniversity of Washington (2017)
- MDRobert Wood Johnson Medical School (2013)
- Board CertificationAB of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine (2018)
- Board CertificationAB of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2018)
- Variability Among Physiatry Fellows in Preparing Leukocyte-Reduced Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)Orlando, Flordia 2018American Medical Society of Sports
- Buttock Pain and Swelling in a Collegiate Lacrosse PlayerOrlando, Florida 2018American Medical Society of Sports Medicine
- Variability Among Physiatry Fellows in Preparing Leukocyte-Reduced Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)Orlando, Florida 2018American Medical Society of Sports Medicine
- Lower Extremity Injury Rates in NCAA Division 1 Baseball PitchersDallas, TX 2016American Medical Society of Sports Medicine
- Atypical Shoulder Pain in a Swimmer/RowerSan Diego, CA 2015American College of Sports Medicine
- The Effect of Eversion Fatigue on Neuromascular Control During Curb-Walking in individuals with and without Ankle InstabilityBrussels, Belgium 2011International Society of Biomechanics
|Milford Public Schools||Side Line coverage for Jonathan Law High School||2023|
|CT Whale||Team Physician providing care for the professional Women's Ice Hockey team.||2021 - 2023|
|Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medical Student Interest Group||Interested medical students will come to the cadaver lab to practice ultrasound guided hip and shoulder injections after hands on scanning practice.||2020 - 2023|
|Internal Medicine Department||Physical exam work shops for primary care residents.||2020 - 2023|
|Pain Neuroscience Education Class||Rotating lecture series for patients with chronic pain. Lectures include pain psychology, physical therapy and physiatry.||2020 - 2023|
|Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation||Reviewed articles for publication||2016 - 2020|