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Upstate Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine

The Upstate Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine department offers a wide range of musculoskeletal and sports medicine diagnosis and treatments. From sports injuries to arthritis, they can help get you back to doing what you love.

Peter Christiano, MD

Dr. Christiano is a Central New York native. He completed medical school at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY and emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. From there, he went on to complete a Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, where he was responsible for the care of high school and collegiate athletes, both on and off the field.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at SUNY Upstate, and a Team Physician with Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. 

Paul Klawitter, MD

Dr. Klawitter is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical School and obtained a PhD from the Ohio State University studying skeletal muscle physiology. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and obtained subspecialty certification in sports medicine from University at Buffalo in 2010. He has practiced non-operative orthopedics since that time. He manages the full spectrum of general and sports related non-operative orthopedic problems for all ages – from sprained ankles to fractures to arthritis. He has additional training in using musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosis and guided procedures. He also cares for medical sports problems, including management of sports related concussion, exercise induced asthma and others. He is the head team physician for division 1 Colgate University and a team physician for the US Ski and Snowboard team.

Marissa Smith, MD

Dr. Smith is a board-certified primary care sports medicine physician and pediatrician. She graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine where she also completed a master’s degree in exercise physiology. She completed her pediatric residency at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and worked in the emergency department there as a general pediatrician. In 2015 she completed her sports medicine fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery. Since then, she has practiced sports medicine as well as pediatrics taking care of non-surgical orthopedic injuries, sports concussion and other illnesses and injuries. She has worked with all levels of athletes including the NY Giants, the NY Mets, St. John’s University, Sacred Heart University, University of Bridgeport and multiple high schools. She is currently a team physician at Colgate University.





    ​Mon - Fri

    ​8:00 AM – 4:30 PM