Dr. Tokish is a 1991 USAF Academy graduate where he was an Academic All-American and All Conference Linebacker in 1990. He graduated medical school from the University of Washington, Seattle and completed residency at the University of Arizona. He was elected to AOA during his medical education and completed an Orthopaedic Sports Medicine fellowship at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail Colorado in 2001. He returned to the Air Force Academy and served as head team physician and chief of sports medicine from 2001-2009. He spent one year at Luke AFB, Arizona where he was an Assistant Team Physician for the Phoenix Coyotes. In 2010, he was transferred to Honolulu, HI, where he was appointed Residency Program Director at Tripler Army Medical Center. He separated from the military in 2014, and joined the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas. He is currently the Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship, and serves as an adjunct Professor for the Clemson school of bioengineering as well as in the Clemson School of Health Research.
Dr. Tokish has authored over 75 peer reviewed publications and book chapters, and is the editor of two books. He has received funding from the OREF, NIH, and US government granting agencies. He established the military’s first orthopaedic sports medicine outcomes database, and has established the first sports medicine QCDR in the US. His work has been awarded the Hughston award by the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2016, as well as the AirCast Award for basic science and the The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Fellow Research Award in Clinical Science.
Dr. Tokish served as President of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons in 2010, and was founder of the SOMOS research collaborative. He served two tours of duty in support of the Global War on Terror. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hawkins Foundation, CEROrtho, Orthopaedics Today, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA). He was the AANA Education chair from 2014-2016, and the Program Chair for the 2016 Annual Meeting. He has given over 200 national and international podium presentations, and has founded or chaired more than 15 national Orthopaedic Meetings.
He currently lives in Greenville, SC, with his wife, Beth of 16 years, and children John (14), Mia (12), and AJ (11).