SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Dr. Keith M. Baumgarten, acting vice chair for the department of surgery and an assistant professor at the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota, was recently awarded a $150,000 research grant from Major League Baseball. The award, which provides $50,000 in funding over a three-year period, will be used to examine the role of human growth hormone (HGH) in accelerating recovery following rotator cuff surgery.
With no scientific studies examining the role for using HGH to accelerate recovery time from injury, Baumgarten’s study will focus on dosage amounts and a temporal relationship with an acceleration of tendon to bone healing as well as biomechanical testing to assess the side effects of using HGH. Baumgarten’s research ultimately brings South Dakota to the forefront of medical research involving HGH and injury recovery. Overall, the study aims to seek answers on whether or not HGH has no effect on injury recovery and may help dissuade its illicit use among athletes. A specialist in sports medicine and shoulder surgery, Baumgarten completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. While he was there, he was also an associate physician with the New York Mets. Baumgarten presently serves as the head team physician with the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede and Dakota State University athletics.