Paul J. Gubanich, MD, MPH

Fellowship Director, Division of Sports Medicine

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-4878



Sports concussion; medical problems in athletes; injury prevention; performance enhancement;  musculoskeletal ultrasound


Sports concussion; promotion of positive health behavior; injury prevention

Paul J. Gubanich is board certified in internal medicine and holds a CAQ in sports medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic where he remained a staff physician in the Department of Orthopaedics from 2005-11. During his tenure at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Gubanich worked with athletes of all levels including serving on the medical staff of the Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers, Indians, and Barons. In addition, he worked with Baldwin Wallace College, Cleveland City Schools, as well as a various professional, collegiate, high school, and youth organizations. 

Dr. Gubanich earned his master’s degree in public health from Case Western Reserve University in 2007. He served as the director of primary care sports medicine research and director of sports wellness and safety. Dr. Gubanich developed the Sports Concussion Program at the Cleveland Clinic and Healthy Futures, a childhood wellness initiative to promote positive health behavior in at risk youth. 

Prior to relocating to Cincinnati Children’s in 2013, Dr. Gubanich was an assistant professor of internal medicine and sports medicine at the Ohio State University. Dr. Gubanich served as research director for the Sports Concussion Program and team physician for Ohio State University Athletics, the Ohio Machine and Columbus City Schools. He was appointed medical director of the New Albany Wellness Center. Nationally, Dr. Gubanich is a member of the ACSM, ACP, and the AMSSM on which he serves on the research committee and faculty for the annual Fellows’ Research and Leadership Conference. 

Dr. Gubanich’s clinical and research interests include the management of sports concussion, treatment of musculoskeletal and medical problems in athletes, performance optimization, injury prevention, and returning athletes to play. Dr. Gubanich has a passion for the promotion of positive health behavior and physical activity for athletes of all ages and levels of competition.

Undergraduate: Ohio University, Athens, OH, 1997.

Medical School: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2001.

Residency: Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, 2004.

Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, 2005.

Graduate: Masters of Public Health, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2007.

Talarico M, Grooms D, Miller M, Gubanich P, Novak J, Borchers J, Onate J. Postural Control Variation in the Single Leg Anterior Reach.  Abstract: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2013;45(5S):286-291.

Logan K, Gubanich PJ. (Chapter) Concussion in Sport. Lifestyle Medicine, 2nd Ed., Editor: Rippe, CRC Press, 2013: 1638.

Gubanich PJ, Kimmerle KM, Gubanich KM, Gottschalk AW,  Miniaci A. Interim Analysis of a 2-year Childhood Wellness Intervention: A Gain in Knowledge.  Abstract: Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 2011;21(2):155-156.

Gottschalk AW, Gubanich PJ, et al. Bilateral Knee Pain in a Running Roofer.  Abstract: Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 2010;20(2):157.

Gubanich PJ, Harold E, Mowad L, Brayley J, Miniaci A. Feasibility of a 10-Week, School-based Childhood Wellness Initiative.  Abstract: Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 2009;19(2):155.

Gubanich PJ. (Chapter) Orthopaedic Terminology. Essential Orthopaedics. Editors: Miller MD, Hart J, MacKnight J. Saunders; 2009:968.

Gubanich PJ. (Chapter) Overview of the Hip & Pelvis. Essential Orthopaedics. Editors: Miller MD, Hart J, MacKnight J. Saunders; 2009:968. 

Gubanich PJ, Iannetta T. Retrospective Review of Injuries in Women’s Professional Football 2002-2007.  Abstract: Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 2008;18(2): 199.

Gubanich PJ, Hilgers MP. Cross-sectional analysis of baseline neurocognitive performance (ImPACT™) in high school athlete.  Abstract: Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine 2008;18(2): 193-194.

Gubanich P. (Chapter) Orthopaedics. Rapid Review USMLE Step. Editors: Rolston D, Nielsen C, Mosby 2007: 640.