We Keep the Bengals Roaring

Professional football is a physically grueling sport that often results in injury. According to the NFL players association the average NFL career lasts just over 3 years.

That is why it is important for the Cincinnati Bengals to have two of the top experts in sports medicine and orthopaedics on the sidelines and at the ready at every game and throughout the week.

For their care, the Cincinnati Bengals turn to Mercy Health’s Dr. Marc Galloway and Dr. Matthew Busam. Dr. Galloway has been head team physician with the team for 5 years. Dr. Busam has been a team physician since 2013.

The role of the team physicians

Dr. Galloway and Dr. Busam evaluate players during the week and are on the sidelines during games to take care of injuries.

As head team physician, Dr. Galloway attends every game – home and away – and along with Head Athletic Trainer, Paul Sparling, makes return-to-play decisions during the games. Dr. Busam is at every home game, assisting in that process. One or both physicians visit the stadium most days to assess injuries as needed, and work with the training and rehab staff to guide the players through treatment and rehabilitation.

They also take care of all player pre-season physicals and medical needs, including surgery or referrals to other physicians as needed.

Another important role is attending the four-day NFL Combine with the team to medically evaluate potential draft choices. Throughout the year, they perform orthopaedic evaluations for other potential signees such as free agents. These evaluations help the team determine an individual player’s potential medical risk and longevity.

What happens on game day

On game day, Dr. Galloway and Dr. Busam arrive early to Paul Brown Stadium for pre-game player evaluations, when the coaching staff, athletic trainers and physicians can make determinations about player availability.

At kick-off, the doctors are on the sidelines ready to respond to injuries as soon as they happen.

During the game, they evaluate players who may have sustained injury to determine whether they can safely resume playing. Post-game, further evaluations help plan the players’ treatments and rehabilitation for the week.

Elite athlete care available for everyone

You don’t have to be a Cincinnati Bengal to receive elite care. When they aren’t serving the needs of the Cincinnati Bengals, both Dr. Galloway and Dr. Busam maintain private practices. Dr. Galloway practices in Mason and Crestview Hills. Dr. Busam practices in Western Hills.

Call today to schedule your appointment (513) 981-2222

Marc Galloway, MD

Marc Galloway, MD


Dr. Galloway is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine. He received his medical degree from Duke University. He previously was Team Physician and Director of Sports Medicine at Yale University. He has practiced orthopaedic surgery in Cincinnati since 2000. In addition to the Bengals, he is team physician at several area high schools. 
Matt Busam, MD

Matt Busam, MD


A native Cincinnatian, Dr. Busam attended Elder High School, where he now serves as team doctor in addition to his role with the Cincinnati Bengals. He attended the University of Notre Dame and received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and completed fellowship training at the world-renowned Rush University in Chicago. He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine. 

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