Associate Professor, Medical Director, UNC Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director of Sports Performance and Head Team Physician, North Carolina Central University Team Physician, St. Augustine University Team Physician, Board of Directors Special Olympics of North Carolina.
Dr. Stafford received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As an undergraduate, he participated as a student-athlete on the Men’s Track and Field Team. His tenure continued at the University with the completion of his medical degree at the UNC School of Medicine. Upon completion of medical school, Dr. Stafford attended the Duke University School of Medicine as a resident in the Family Medicine Program, where he served as Chief Resident. Following residency, Dr. Stafford continued his training at Duke in the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and following joined the Duke Sports Medicine faculty. In 2008, he returned to his alma mater to become the Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.
Dr. Harry Stafford has served as a team physician at the University of North Carolina since 2008. He is currently the head primary care physician for Women’s Basketball, as well as the Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country Teams. Dr. Stafford also helps to provide medical care and coverage for the UNC Football Team.
As an Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopedics and Family Medicine, he specializes in Tenex procedures, platelet rich plasma procedures, treatment of acute and chronic muscle injury and sports hernias. He also serves as the current Head Team Physician and Director of Sports Performance at North Carolina Central University.
Dr. Stafford is an active member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and American College of Sports Medicine. He has authored many book chapters and journal articles. He is currently doing research in the areas of Sports Nutrition, EKG changes in African American Athletes, and Sickle Cell Trait in Athletes. As such, he is highly regarded as a leader in the field of sports medicine. He has further been the recipient of prestigious awards recognizing his humanitarian efforts, academic pursuits, and care of athletes.
Recently Dr. Stafford received his Masters in Business Administration from UNC Kenan Flagler School of Business. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a strength and conditioning specialist. He also serves on the Board of the North Carolina Special Olympics and the North Carolina Central University Foundation.