Dr. Terry Reding considers himself fortunate to have combined his life’s two passions, athletics and medicine, into a successful and influential career in sports medicine. For nearly 25 years, Dr. Reding’s expertise has been utilized in many capacities. As a team physician for Fresno State University in his native state of California, he treats a myriad of injuries for the country’s top-tier athletes. Dr. Reding was himself a competitive athlete, playing for the University of California, Davis championship water polo team as an undergraduate student in the mid 1970s.
Dr. Reding is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), instructing second and third year family practice residents. This faculty position at UCSF is coveted, as the university is considered one of the country’s best medical schools, second only to Harvard.
For the past several years, Dr. Reding has been a tremendous asset to St. George’s University by attending countless Information Sessions throughout California. His outstanding credentials have helped dispel the urban legend that graduating from an international medical school could hinder opportunities to practice medicine in the state of California. Dr. Reding believes that it is his responsibility to give back to SGU, as he credits its faculty and administration for much of his success. In particular, said Dr. Reding, “Among the many outstanding professors at SGU, I believe that the superior anatomy instruction given by Dr. Robert Jordan (now the Associate Dean of Enrolment Planning and Chair of the Anatomical Sciences Department) played a critical role in my career selection.”
This was much more than he expected from a university which came to his attention through an article in Prevention Magazine. After a discouraging meeting with an undergraduate advisor at UC Davis, who did not think Dr. Reding had what it took to become a doctor, he investigated St. George’s University as a viable option. As he reflects upon his inaugural trip to Grenada nearly 30 years ago, he remembers arriving at night and taking a cab ride “into the jungle.” While he admits to having an instinctual “What have I gotten myself into?” reaction, he had made a commitment to the University and was eager to begin his education. “That education,” he explained, “provided the foundation and inspiration for my life’s work.”
Terry Reding is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and Board Certified in Family Practice and Sports Medicine. He is married with two children, one of whom has recently applied to St. George’s University School of Medicine.