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Drexel Docs Help Eagles Soar
The Philadelphia Eagles are on the road to Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego and injured “Birds” are getting back on track with the help of Drexel University College of Medicine faculty members, Drs. Peter DeLuca, Paul Marchetto and John P. Salvo, Jr.
DeLuca, who recently joined the Drexel Med staff as associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, is the Eagles’ head team physician. He has been with the team as assistant team physician since 1997. Marchetto, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of sports medicine, and Salvo, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, joined DeLuca on the Eagles’ staff this season as team orthopaedic physicians. DeLuca is also head team orthopaedist for the Philadelphia Flyers and Phantoms and is assisted by Marchetto and Salvo.
Helping to get Philadelphia’s top athletes back on the field after injuries, although rewarding, is not easy. In addition to keeping office hours and teaching residents and medical students, DeLuca, Marchetto and Salvo spend time at the Eagles’ training facility three days a week. All Eagles’ games, home and away, are attended by DeLuca and either Marchetto or Salvo. The 41-game Flyers and the 40-game Phantoms home schedules, as well as the Drexel men’s and women’s home basketball games, are equally divided among these doctors for coverage. Additionally, Marchetto is the team physician for Audubon (N.J.) High School. Salvo works with the Audubon and Lenape (N.J.) Regional School District and serves as team physician for Roman Catholic High School.
Despite the demands of being team physicians, the doctors agree that the extra work is worthwhile. “I enjoy knowing that I had a role in returning the injured athletes back to the field and seeing them perform at their pre-injury level,” said DeLuca.
Marchetto agrees by stating, “There is satisfaction in helping the players get back in the game.”