Dr. Durkin is a board certified sports and emergency medicine physician with a decade of formal medical education and years of experience treating athletes and patients of all types. His interest in medicine began as a high school student, where he was a search and rescue volunteer and summer camp counselor. While earning a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University, he volunteered as an EMT on the Davidson County Rescue Squad, providing ambulance services to NCAA/SEC sports and other events around Nashville.
After college he worked in the medical clinic at Philmont Scout Ranch, the largest and most-attended youth camp in the world. After his experiences at Philmont he was an EMT and later Paramedic in Montgomery County, Maryland and Sussex County, Delaware. As a paramedic he responded to numerous calls in a busy 911 EMS service covering a large and diverse area, and worked at several sport events, including the Marine Corps Marathon.
He attended medical school at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine at University of Pikeville. As a medical student he was honored to be appointed as student representative to the curriculum committee and serve as president of the emergency medicine interest group. He attended internship at Vidant Medical Center, a major regional trauma center in North Carolina. He completed residency in emergency medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center, the busiest trauma center in Philadelphia. As senior resident, he was awarded by the nursing staff for his collaborative decision making and commitment to teaching.
Since residency, he has practiced in large and small emergency departments, and been very involved with EMS and mountain rescue activities. An active responder on rescue missions, he has treated numerous patients in the backcountry of Colorado and New Mexico. As a leader in emergency medicine and rescue activities, he has presented educational topics at both the New Mexico Emergency Nursing Association and New Mexico Search and Rescue Council annual meetings. His interest and experience in treating patients in the field allowed him to be very involved with providing medical coverage for numerous sporting events from local high school football games to UIAA World Cup climbing and the HardRock 100 ultramarathon.
Recognizing the special medical needs for athletes and active people, Dr. Durkin sought out further education in sports medicine, and was selected to attend the sports medicine fellowship at the University of Florida. At UF he cared for NCAA Div 1 / SEC scholarship athletes from all sports at UF as well as youth, adult and senior patients in the region at the UF Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute. Because of his extensive emergency medicine experience, he also worked as attending emergency medicine physician, where he supervised and taught residents at Shands Hospital, a 1000 bed level 1 trauma center. During his time at UF he was selected to present unique cases of sport injuries and illnesses at the national meetings of both the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.
After fellowship, Dr Durkin returned to Durango, Colorado with his wife Sharon and their cat Eva. With his desire to serve active people and athletes free of the restrictions and obligations of a hospital system or insurance company, he founded Durango Sports Medicine, PLLC, the region’s only independent, non-surgical sports medicine practice. He has personally experienced knee, ankle, shoulder and hip injuries from various sports as well as asthma, food allergies and a 50 pound weight loss, finding that these experiences provided great insight into the needs of patients. He is a passionate skier, mediocre mountain biker, occasional runner and enjoys many types of workouts and fitness programs.