R. Robert Franks, D.O., F.A.O.A.S.M.

R. Robert Franks, D.O., F.A.O.A.S.M.
Robert Franks, D.O., F.A.O.A.S.M., is a board certified family practice physician with a certificate of added qualification in Sports Medicine at Rothman Institute and a Co-Medical Director Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center.

He is an Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University and Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Franks specializes in medical orthopaedics, sports medicine, and is one of the nation’s leaders in sports-related concussion management.

Dr. Franks is widely published on sports concussion management having co-authored the Team Physician’s Consensus Statement on Concussion and further contributing numerous articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national meetings. 

He is a current member of several sports medicine societies, including serving on the Executive Committee of AOASM where he is currently First Vice President.  Dr. Franks is also a team physician for USA wrestling and a number of area high schools and consults for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Dr. Franks has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work on concussions and has been voted a South Jersey “Top Doc” for the past several years in both Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine.

Education
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania
  • Residency, Family Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine/Kennedy Health System
  • Fellowship, Primary Care Sports Medicine, University Hospital health System/Richmond Heights Hospital
Titles & Certifications
  • Board Certified, Family Medicine
Hospital Affiliations
  • Kennedy Health System
Professional Associations
  • American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine
  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
  • New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association

Presentations

  • “Current Concepts in the Office Treatment of the Concussed Athlete.”  Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey Concussion Conference, Plainsboro, NJ August 2010.
  • “Infectious Skin Conditions in Athletics.”  National Athletics Trainers’ Association 2010 Annual Meeting and Symposium, Philadelphia, PA June 2010.
  • “Current Concepts in the Treatment of the Concussed Athlete – A Review of the Zurich 2008 Meeting.”  UMDNJ-SOM Family Medicine Review, Stratford, NJ May 2010.
  • “Care of the Diabetic Athlete.” American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, April 2010.
  • “Examination of the Knee.” American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, April 2010.
  • “Plyometrics and Injury Prevention.” American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, April 2010.
  • “Physical Examination of the Shoulder.”  Mid-Atlantic Student Sports Medicine Conference, Philadelphia, PA January 2010.
  • “Current Concepts in the Treatment of the Concussed Athlete – A Review of the Zurich 2008 Meeting.”  Cooper Bone and Joint Institute Athletic Trainers Continuing Education Seminar, Collingswood, NJ November 2009.
  • “Traumatic Head and Cervical Injuries.”  UMDNJ Sports Medicine Meeting, Stratford, NJ November 2009.
  • “Lower Extremity and Ankle Injuries in Sports Medicine.” American Osteopathic Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA November 2009.
  • “Common Upper Extremity Injuries in Sports.”  UMDNJ-SOM Family Medicine Board Review, Marlton, NJ September 2009.
  • “Care and Treatment of the Athlete with  H1N1 Influenza.”  New Jersey Olympic Conference Fall 2009 Meeting, Washington Township, NJ, September 2009.
  • “Current Concepts in the Treatment of the Concussed Athlete – A Review of the Zurich 2008 Meeting.”
  • Horizon Orthopedic/University Hospitals Health System Current Concepts in Sports Medicine Conference, Cleveland, OH, August 2009.
  • “Concussion in Sports.”  Cooper Coding Conference, Cinnaminson, NJ May 2009.
  • “Dermatological Issues in Sports Medicine.”  Cooper Family Medicine Grand Rounds, Camden, NJ March 2009.
  • “Prolotherapy.”  Cooper Bone and Joint Institute Athletic Trainers Continuing Education Seminar, Collingswood, NJ March 2009.
  • “Current Concepts in the Treatment of the Concussed Athlete.”  Mid-Atlantic Student Sports Medicine Conference, Atlantic City, NJ January 2009.
  • “Shoulder Instability in Athletics.” American Osteopathic Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV October 2008.
  • “Non-Traditional Family Medicine Careers – A Career in Sports Medicine.” American Osteopathic Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV October 2008.
  • “Concussion.”  St. Maximillin’s Sports Medicine Lecture Series, St. David’s, PA June 2008.
  • “True Orthopedic Emergencies in Sports Medicine.”  New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Clinical Conference, Lawrenceville, NJ June 2008.
  • “Clues in Diagnosing Shoulder Injuries in the Athletic Population.”  Cooper Coding Conference, Cinnaminson, NJ May 2008.
  • “Exercise Post LASIK.” American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO, April 2008.
  • “Traumatic Head and Cervical Injuries.”  PCOM Sports Medicine Meeting, Philadelphia, PA April 2008.
  • “Clues in Diagnosing Shoulder Injuries in the Athletic Population.”  Cooper Family Medicine Grand Rounds, Camden, NJ April 2008.
  • “Clues Diagnosing Knee Injuries in the Athletic Patient.”  Cooper Bone and Joint Institute CME Series, Cherry Hill, NJ March 2008.
  • “Concussion.”  Mid-Atlantic Student Sports Medicine Conference, Atlantic City, NJ January 2008.
  • “ImPACT Testing in Concussion Management.”  Cooper Bone and Joint Institute Athletic Trainers Continuing Education Seminar, Voorhees, NJ November 2007.
  • “Care of the Diabetic Athlete.”  Cooper Bone and Joint Institute Athletic Trainers Continuing Education Seminar, Voorhees, NJ November 2007.
  • “Current Concepts in the Treatment of the Concussed Athlete.”  Second Annual Adam Taliaferro Medical Workshop, Voorhees, NJ September 2007.
  • “Common Shoulder Injuries in Sports.”  UMDNJ-SOM Family Medicine Board Review, Marlton, NJ September 2007.
  • “Dermatological Conditions in Athletics.”  Horizon Orthopedic/University Hospitals Health System Current Concepts in Sports Medicine Conference, Cleveland, OH, August 2007.
  • “Interpretation of ImPACT Testing.” Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey Spring Meeting, Moorestown, NJ May 2007.
  • “Physical Examination of the Shoulder.” American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, St. Petersburg Beach, FL May 2007.
  • “Traumatic Head and Cervical Injuries.”  PCOM Sports Medicine Meeting, Philadelphia, PA April 2007.
  • “Common Issues in Upper Extremity Sports Medicine.”  Cooper University Hospital Coding Lecture Series, Cherry Hill, NJ April 2007.
  • “When the Headache Is Not Concussion.”  Cooper Bone and Joint Institute Athletic Trainers Continuing Education Seminar, Voorhees, NJ March 2007.
  • “Scholastic Evaluation and Prevention of Concussion.”  Internal  Medicine Grand Rounds, Camden, NJ February 2007.
  • "Common Shoulder Injuries in Sports.”  Mid-Atlantic Student Sports Medicine Conference, Atlantic City, NJ January 2007.
  • “Scholastic Evaluation and Prevention of Concussion.”  Pediatric Grand Rounds, Camden, NJ December 2006.
  • “Weight Loss Practices in Wrestling.”  Cooper Bone and Joint Institute Athletic Trainers Continuing Education Seminar, Voorhees, NJ November 2006.
  • “Concussion.”  Surgical Grand Rounds, Camden, NJ October 2006.
  • “Traumatic Head and Cervical Injuries.”  Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey Fall Meeting, Woodstown, NJ October 2006.
  • “Post-Concussion Syndrome.”  Cooper Bone and Joint Institute CME Series, Cherry Hill, NJ September 2006.
  • “Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Injuries.”  Clinical Updates on Pediatric Surgical Emergencies, Cherry Hill, NJ September 2006.
  • “Common Shoulder Injuries in Sports.”  UMDNJ-SOM Family Medicine Board Review, Marlton, NJ September 2006.
  • “Dermatological Issues in Sports.”  NovaCare Sports Medicine Symposium, Philadelphia, PA July 2006.
  • “Common Issues in Sports Medicine.”  Challenges in Emergency Nursing Conference, Cherry Hill, NJ, June 2006.
  • “Preparing for a Sports Medicine Fellowship.” American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, May 2006.
  • “Snapping Hip Syndrome.”  Health South Sports Medicine Conference, Newtown Square, PA May 2006.
  • “Concussion.”  PCOM Sports Medicine Conference, Philadelphia, PA April 2006.
  • "Eye Injuries in Athletics.”  Cooper Bone and Joint Institute Athletic Trainers Continuing Education Seminar, Voorhees, NJ March 2006.
  • “Current Concepts in Concussion.”  Mid-Atlantic Student Sports Medicine Conference, Atlantic City, NJ January 2006.
  • “Common Skin Infections in Athletics.”  Cooper Bone and Joint Institute Athletic Trainers Continuing Education Seminar, Voorhees, NJ November 2005.
  • “Concussion.”  Cooper Family Medicine Grand Rounds, Camden, NJ September 2005.
  • “Anabolic Steroids.”  Horizon Orthopedic/University Hospitals Health System Current Concepts in Sports Medicine Conference, Cleveland, OH, August 2005.
  • “Knee Pain:  Evaluation and Treatment.”  Chesapeake Regional Osteopathic Scientific Conference, Ocean City, MD June 2005.
  • “A Case Study of 15-Year-Old Football Player With Syncope.” American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, May 2005.
  • “Performance Enhancing Substances.”  Health South Sports Medicine Conference, Newtown Square, PA May 2005.
  • “Non-Operative Treatment of Common Orthopedic Injuries.”  Cooper Surgical Nursing Conference, Cherry Hill, NJ May 2005.
  • “Common Issues in Sports Medicine.”  Cooper Family Medicine Grand Rounds, Cherry Hill, NJ April 2005.
  • “Common Hand and Wrist Injuries in Sports.”  Tri-State Association of Orthopedic Technolgists, Voorhees, NJ April 2005.
  • “Performance Enhancing Substances.”  Atlantic Regional Osteopathic Conference, Atlantic City, NJ March 2005.
  • “Performance Enhancing Substances.”  Cooper Bone and Joint Institute Athletic Trainers Continuing Education Seminar, Voorhees, NJ March 2005.
  • “Common Injuries in Baseball.”  Maple Shade Little League Coaches Conference, Maple Shade, NJ March 2005.
  • “Common Foot Injuries in Sports Medicine.”  Mid-Atlantic Student Sports Medicine Conference,  Atlantic City, NJ January 2005.
  • “Concussion:  A Ding Is No Longer A Ding.”  Cooper Bone and Joint Institute Athletic Trainers Continuing Education Seminar, Voorhees, NJ November 2004.
  • “Weight Loss, Nutrition and Wrestling:  How Old Habits Are Affected By New Statutes.”  Horizon Orthopedic/University Hospitals Health System Current Concepts in Sports Medicine Conference, Cleveland, OH, July 2004.
  • “A Case Study of a Right Proximal Clavicle Fracture in a High School Football Player After Performing Power Cleans.” American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Boston, MA, May 2004.
  • “A Case Study of a Sacral Stress Fracture in a 17-Year-Old High School Runner.”  American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, May 2003.
  • “A Survey of Weight Loss Attitudes and Practices of High School Wrestlers in the State of New Jersey.”    American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., March, 2002.

 

Posters

  • Lambert, K, Franks, R, Neidecker, J.  “The Effect of a Required Minimum Body Fat With Mandatory Body Fat Analysis on the Attitudes and Behaviors of High School Wrestlers.”  at the 24th American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting.  March 30 – April 1, 2009.  Salt Lake City, Utah.
     

Bibliography

  • Franks RR, “Wrestling Injures.” in Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine.  In Press.
  • Franks RR, “Skin Conditions in Wrestling.” in Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine.  In Press. 
  • Franks RR, “Shoulder Subluxation.” in Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine.  In Press.
  • Franks RR, “Achillies Tendon Ruptures” in Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine.  In Press.
  • Franks RR, et al.  “Position Statement of National Athletic Trainers Association on Performance Enhancing Substances.  Journal of Athletic Training.  In Press.
  • Franks RR, et al.  “Sports, Recreation and Exercise.”  Preventing Injury in New Jersey:  Priorities for Action.  New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.  New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.  August 2008, 28-31.
  • Barry H, Lambert KC, Franks RR.  Pre-Participation Physical Examination. In: Ebell MH, Ferenchick G, Smith M, Barry H, Slawson D, Shaughnessy A, Forsch R, Li S, Wilkes M, Usatine R, eds. Essential Evidence. John Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ, 2009.
  • Franks, R.  “School of Hard Knocks – Current Concepts in Concussion Management.”  The Journal of the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.  Fall 2006; 6.4:  12-22.
  • Lambert, K, Franks, R, Neidecker, J.  “The Effect of a Required Minimum Body Fat With Mandatory Body Fat Analysis on the Attitudes and Behaviors of High School Wrestlers.”  Abstract,       Journal of American Osteopathic Association.  2005; 105(7):  332.
  • Franks, R.  “Power Hungry:  Student Athletes and Their Growing Use of Performance Enhancing Substances.”  The Journal of the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. Summer 2005; 5.3:  14-19.
  • Franks, R.  “Maxillofacial Injuries in Athletics.”  Osteopathic Family Physician News.  May 2005:  1, 14-  15.

 

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