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MAFP Names William Roberts, MD, MS, as Recipient of the 2020 Innovation & Research Award

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William Roberts, MD, MS, FAAFP Minneapolis, February 18, 2020 – The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) named William Roberts, MD, MS, FAAFP, recipient of the 2020 MAFP Innovation & Research Award. This award is presented annually to an individual who has made a major contribution to the development of family medicine research at the state and/or national level.

Roberts is a family physician, professor and accomplished researcher in sports medicine. His body of research has focused on endurance medicine, heat stroke, running injury, concussion and ice hockey injury. He’s regarded as a thought-leader in marathon medicine, and his research on marathon injury and heat-exercise injury prevention and management is considered seminal to the field.

The MAFP Academic Affairs Committee chair Angela Smithson, MD, MPH, who is also a colleague of Roberts, said, “Dr. Roberts’s incredible and lengthy breadth of knowledge in sports medicine is world-renowned, particularly regarding marathon and endurance medicine and concussions. His expertise has resulted in patients from all over seeking his knowledge and experience, including professional athletes, Olympians and local high schoolers. He continues to support our inner-city high school athletes every week.”

Roberts has authored 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters and served as an editor or as part of an editorial team for several books and numerous medical journals. He has presented extensively on sports medicine topics nationally and internationally.

Roberts is a fellow, past president and past foundation president of the American College of Sports Medicine; charter member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine; founding member and past president of the International Institute of Race Medicine; and the medical director for Twin Cities in Motion and co-medical director for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and associated races.

He currently chairs the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the Minnesota State High School League and is a member of the USA Soccer Cup Tournament Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.

Roberts is also board-certified in family medicine and holds subspecialty certification in sports medicine. Roberts currently directs both the Program in Sports Medicine and faculty affairs for the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.


About the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians: The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota, representing more than 3,100 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students. The MAFP promotes the specialty of family medicine in Minnesota and supports family physicians as they provide high quality, comprehensive and continuous medical care for patients of all ages.

About the MAFP Academy Awards: Each year, the MAFP recognizes its members for their hard work and dedication to family medicine via its own Academy Awards. Family physicians from across Minnesota are nominated—by patients, community members, educators, learners and colleagues—for a variety of awards. The Innovation & Research Award recipient is chosen by the MAFP Research and Quality Improvement Committee after reviewing nomination letters and credentials. The Innovation & Research Award will be presented at the MAFP’s annual Innovation & Research Forum on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at HealthPartners in Bloomington.

Media contact: Emie Buege, 651-338-1545,

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