Christopher Kaeding is in his eighth year in the dual role of Ohio State's head team physician and director of the OSU Sports Medicine Center. In that capacity, Kaeding oversees a program that combines the clinical care of the student-athlete with much broader research and educational programs designed to benefit the University and the entire community. In addition to the classic orthopaedic application of sports medicine, the Sports Medicine Center places an increased emphasis on a wide range of associated areas, giving Ohio State one of the most comprehensive programs of its type in the country.
Kaeding, a native of Decatur, Ill., is a 1981 graduate of Northwestern University. He received his medical doctorate in 1983 and completed his residency in 1988, also at Northwestern.
Following his residency, Kaeding completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in 1989. During his time at the Clinic, he worked with high school and collegiate teams as well as the Cleveland Browns, the Indians and the Cavaliers.
After a year in private practice, Kaeding moved to Columbus in January of 1991 and joined the sports medicine staff as an orthopedic consultant. He was named chief orthopedic consultant in 1993.
As head team physician at Ohio State, he oversees a staff of nine physicians, including three surgeons, and has primary responsibility for football.
Kaeding and his wife, Christine, have a daughter, Emily, and a son, John.