Has been with MSU athletics since 1973
MOREHEAD, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2016) — Officials from Morehead State University’s Department of Athletics and family and friends surprised longtime team physician Dr. Thomas Fossett with the dedication of the “Dr. R. Thomas Fossett Athletic Training Center” prior to the men’s basketball game against Eastern Kentucky University on Thursday.
A fixture of MSU athletics for more than 40 years, he also is the Rowan County Senior High School physician. Fossett has served as MSU’s official team doctor and orthopedic surgeon since 1973.
“Dr. Fossett has dedicated himself and sacrificed so much for our student-athletes,” said MSU Athletic Director Brian Hutchinson. “Now in his fourth decade of service to MSU, it’s our pleasure to recognize him in this lasting way. He has a lot of friends that have joined us in honoring him. It seems inadequate as a thank you for all he’s done for us, but it’s done with tremendous respect and admiration.”
Fossett has been a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon in Morehead for nearly 50 years. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Kentucky and his medical degree from the UK College of Medicine.
He served a two-year stint in the U.S. Army from June 1967 until June 1969.
He has been recognized by the Kentucky Athletic Trainers Society (KATS) as Sports Medicine Person of the Year and the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine recognized Dr. Fossett with the Thomas A. Brady Sports Achievement Award.
He is a member American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine; Kentucky Medical Association; National Athletic Trainer’s Association; and Rowan County Medical Association.