Poonam Thaker

Athletic Training Medical Director
Head Team Physician

Expertise: Sports Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Family Medicine

At North Park since: 2009

In addition to her work as the medical director of North Park’s athletic training program and head team physician, Poonam Thaker, MD, serves as the director of sports medicine fellowship, sports medicine center director, and associate director of family medicine residency at Resurrection Medical Center. She had previously served as an attending physician with Advanced Occupational Medicine Specialists in sports, occupational, and family medicine.

Dr. Thaker is medical director of the Men’s Health Chicago Urbanathlon, and associate director of the Bike MS Tour de Farms. She has been part of the medical team for the Chicago Triathlon Ironman Triathlon Championship, and Chicago Marathon, having been responsible for 21 aid stations throughout the 2012 Chicago Marathon course.

Dr. Thaker conducted her sports medicine fellowship training at Southern Illinois University. She is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

When she is not taking care of athletes, Dr. Thaker enjoys playing soccer.


  • MD, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • BA, Biology, Cornell University

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • S. Paul et al., ed. AMSSM Sports Medicine Study Guide, Healthy Learning, 2012. Contributor.
  • M. Dambro. “Coarctation of the Aorta.” In Griffith’s 5-Minute Clinical Consult. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2006, 2007.
  • “Outpatient Evaluation and Management of Knee Pain,” St. Francis Hospital Medicine Grand Rounds, 2012.

Dr. Thaker has been the North Park athletic training medical director and head team physician since 2009.