Sports Medicine & Acute Care Team Medical Providers

James R Clugston

James R Clugston, M.D.

James R. Clugston is an accomplished leader in academic research and medicine. Dr. Clugston graduated from medical school at the University of Florida, completed his residency in family medicine at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Notre Dame Sports Medicine Fellowship in South Bend, Indiana.

Dr. Clugston currently serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, as a physician at the Student Health Care Center, as a team physician for the University of Florida Athletic Association, as the director of the Sports Concussion Center at Student Health, and as the program director of the UF Sports Medicine Fellowship – a fellowship which he founded in 2007. In January of 2017, he was awarded a joint appointment as clinical associate professor in the Department of Neurology.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Clugston is also heavily involved in various sports- and concussion-related research projects. He is currently working on multiple projects as principal investigator. Dr. Clugston serves as a peer reviewer for several prominent sports medicine journals and he himself has numerous peer-reviewed publications. He is also a nationally recognized speaker and presenter in the field of sports medicine.

Jocelyn R Gravlee

Jocelyn R Gravlee, MD

Jocelyn Gravlee, MD, completed her bachelors of science, doctor of medicine and residency in family medicine at the University of Florida and completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan. Before joining the UF faculty, Dr. Gravlee spent some time as a lecturer at the University of Michigan and as an assistant professor at Florida State University. Outside her work at the community health and family medicine department, Dr. Gravlee is a provider at the UF Student Health Care Center and a team physician for the University of Florida Athletic Association. She peer reviews articles for The Journal of Family Practice and the Journal of Athletic Training.

Cheree A Padilla

Cheree A Padilla, MD

Cheree Padilla grew up in Miami, Florida and attended American University her freshman year where she played Division I women’s soccer. She then transferred to the University of Florida where she received her degree in microbiology with a minor in chemistry and graduated with honors. After graduating from the University of South Florida with her medical degree, Dr. Padilla completed her family medicine residency at Bayfront Medical Center. During her residency she received area of concentration certificates in pediatrics, sports medicine, and outpatient medicine. Dr. Padilla is a member of AAFP, FAFP and AMSSM.

Asim Merchant

Asim Merchant, M.D.


Asim Merchant, M.D., is board-certified in family medicine and primary care sports medicine. He joined University of Florida Health in August 2016 and practices at UF Health Family Medicine – Haile Plantation.  Dr. Merchant received his bachelor of science degree from Southern Methodist University, and his medical degree from St. Mathews University School of Medicine.  He completed a family medicine residency at Rutgers University and a sports medicine fellowship at State University of New York in Buffalo. 

He is passionate about sports medicine and medical treatment regarding sports injuries.  Dr. Merchant has written articles for Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, AMSSM and numerous presentations to different organizations. Dr. Merchant served as director of the Concussion Management Clinic for Riverhead High School developing and implementing a concussion management policy.  He is also an active member of “Doctors of Tomorrow” a group to mentor high school students who have a strong desire to become a physician. 

His areas of interest include resident education, sports medicine, concussion management and medical education. 

Matthew P Walser

Matthew P Walser

Matthew Walser, PA-C, ATC: Matt “the Sports PA” graduated with a degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training and Education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 1994. After graduation, he was selected to work as an intern with the Dallas Cowboys before he returned to Colorado and served as the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado. After a short stint at the high school level, he earned his master’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Florida and transitioned from a graduate assistant to a full time staff position with UF football. He worked up to the role of Associate Head Football Athletic Trainer before he resigned to attend Physician Assistant School at the University of Florida. Upon graduation in 2006, he was hired at UF Orthopaedics where he spent 12 years working with the sports medicine surgeons in a clinical and surgical role. He has spent countless hours teaching athletic training, physical therapy and physician assistant students since his arrival to UF in 1995. He continues his involvement with medical coverage of UF athletic events. He currently serves as a physician assistant with the UF Student Health Care Center in the Sports Medicine and Acute Care (SMAC) Division and is actively involved with the Athletic Training, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Education Programs. His hobbies include flying and spending time outdoors and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.

Katie Edenfield, Sports Medicine/SHCC

Katie Edenfield, MD, CAQSM

Dr. Katie M. Edenfield is board certified in Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine (CAQSM). She is a team physician for the University of Florida Athletic Association, and also works as a team physician with USA Swimming. She previously served as co-medical director of the Five Points of Life Marathon for 6 years. Dr. Edenfield is a former collegiate swimmer and now enjoys running, triathlons and all water sports. She has special clinical interests in Sports Medicine, Nutrition, and Sports Cardiology.