Our Journey: From Athletic Fields to Maternal Health
Growing up our family was immersed in athletics, where proactive team-based healthcare is a way of life. We got to know the teams of healthcare professionals, athletes, coaches and support staff. I thought interprofessional team-based healthcare with everyone working towards the common goal of optimal health + performance was the standard in healthcare.
My whole family grew up in healthcare as my grandfather was a physician and my dad, John Lombardo followed in his footsteps as a Family Medicine/Sports Medicine Physician. John was one of 5 physicians responsible for formalizing Sports Medicine as a medical specialty and establishing American Medical Society for Sports Medicine all while taking care of Family Practice patients and athletes at all levels from weekend warriors through Olympic Champions. My grandmother was a nurse and my mom, Karen Lombardo, followed in her footsteps as a Nurse. Karen was a School Nurse and volunteer extraordinaire.
We learned our family was shaped by the teams we were part of, including the Cleveland CAVS, Ohio State University athletics and Olympic athletes along with so many medical groups, especially the AMSSM founders who serve on our Board of Directors.