NoteworthyTHE PHYSICIAN AND SPORTSMEDICINE - VOL 24 - NO. 11 - NOVEMBER 96
David O. Hough, MD, a pioneer in the field of primary care sports medicine, died of a suspected heart attack on September 26, at age 50. The long-time director of Michigan State University's (MSU) Sports Medicine Program was on sabbatical at the University of Colorado at the time of his death.
Douglas B. McKeag, MD, the Arthur J. Rooney, Sr, professor and vice chairman of the departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery and director of primary care sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, worked closely with Hough at MSU for 20 years. He says Hough will be remembered as an innovator, a consummate clinician, and a devoted mentor to many primary care sports medicine fellows. "He was one of the first residents who worked as a team physician," McKeag says, adding that as a resident Hough organized a resident team physician system for the Saginaw (Michigan) high schools. A diabetic himself, Hough wrote some of the first articles on diabetic athletes.
McKeag and Hough wrote one of the major texts in primary care sports medicine (Primary Care Sports Medicine, Brown & Benchmark, 1993). Hough was one of the original members of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and was one of the "gang of five," who with McKeag, E. Lee Rice, DO, John Lombardo, MD, and Jim Puffer, MD, pressed the American Academy of Family Physicians to embrace primary care sports medicine.
A research interest of Hough's was drug use by college athletes. He participated in several National Collegiate Athletic Association studies on performance-enhancing and recreational drugs.
Over the years, people sometimes got Hough's and McKeag's names mixed up because their work was so often intertwined. But McKeag says he never minded. "A lot of what has become standard sports medicine fare—curriculum and content—came out of our discussions and living what we taught," McKeag says. "We became true brothers in that sense."