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Pac-12 Research Development Director Dr. Kimberly Harmon Honored by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

Washington Football Team Physician Dr. Harmon Receives AMSSM Founders Award

SAN FRANCISCO- In the latest of recognitions spanning the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health & Well-Being Initiative (SAHWBI), Dr. Kimberly Harmon, University of Washington football team physician and current Pac-12 Research Development Director, has been honored by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) with the 2020 Founders’ Award of society for his contributions to AMSSM and the field of sports medicine. The “Founders Award” is given when the leadership of the AMSSM determines that a member embodies the best that a sports medicine physician can be and do.

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to have received this award,” said Dr. Harmon. “The founders of AMSSM are people who have advanced the field of sports medicine in monumental ways. I continue to admire them and cannot thank them enough for all they have done for sports medicine, for their mentorship and for this recognition.

A former board member and president of the SAHWBI Pac-12, Dr. Harmon assumed the role of Director of Pac-12 Research Development during the 2020-21 college season in addition to her duties at the University of Washington. . Early in her tenure as Director of Research Development, she played a key role in overseeing the league’s new partnerships with COVID-19 test providers as well as league guidelines, recommendations and protocols for COVID-19 screening and Pac-12 return to play during the pandemic, also serving on the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee. Her career has also included many other notable endeavours, including as President of the AMSSM Foundation and as a consultant to the NCAA on a number of special projects.

“The AMSSM Founders Award is a tremendous professional achievement and we are thrilled that Dr. Harmon is receiving such well-deserved recognition,” said Miguel Rueda, Senior Assistant Director of Health and Performance Sports for the University of Colorado at Boulder and current President of the Pac-12 SAHWBI. “Dr. Harmon has been and continues to be a leader in advancing and promoting the health and well-being of all student-athletes.

The AMSSM is a multidisciplinary organization of sports medicine physicians dedicated to the education, research, advocacy and care of athletes of all ages. To learn more about the AMSSM, visit

About the Pac-12 SAHWBI

Established in 2013, the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health and Wellness Initiative (SAHWBI) is a collective effort between the Pac-12 and the 12 member universities to find ways to reduce injuries, share current best practices and the latest studies and conduct research to discover new ways to keep student-athletes as safe as possible. Learn more about the Pac-12 SAHWBI at

About Pac-12 Conference

The Conference has a “Conference of Champions” tradition, leading the nation to NCAA championships in 55 of the past 61 years, with 537 total NCAA team titles. The conference includes 12 leading American universities – University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Colorado, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, University of Southern California, University of Utah, University of Washington, and Washington State University. For more information on Conference programs and member institutions, visit​


The AMSSM is a multidisciplinary organization of sports physicians dedicated to the education, research, advocacy and care of athletes of all ages. The majority of AMSSM members are primary care physicians with postgraduate training and additional qualification in sports medicine who then combine their practice of sports medicine with their primary specialty. AMSSM includes members who specialize only in non-surgical sports medicine and serve as team physicians at the youth, NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, and NHL levels, as well as on Olympic teams. and Paralympics. By the nature of their training and experience, sports medicine physicians are ideally suited to provide comprehensive medical care to athletes, sports teams, or active individuals simply seeking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.