Laura M. Dunne, M.D.


Specialist In:

  • Sports Medicine Institute
  • Family Practice
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  • Education
    • Undergraduate

      • The Johns Hopkins University
        Baltimore, MD

      Medical School

      • Saint Louis University School of Medicine
        Saint Louis, MO


      • Saint John’s Mercy Medical Center
        Saint Louis, MO


      • The Ohio State University
        Columbus, OH

      Board Certification

        • American Board of Family Practice
        • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine

      Professional Societies

        • American Academy of Family Physicians
        • American College of Sports Medicine
        • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
        • American Medical Association
  • FAQ
    • Q. How did you become interested in medicine?

      A. I always enjoyed science and people so it was a natural fit.

      Q. When did you decide to specialize in sports medicine?

      A. While in medical school I enjoyed reading and studying all the sports medicine literature and always was an athlete so it was an interest of mine early on I suppose.

      Q. What are common conditions you treat? Is there anything patients can do to avoid developing their conditions?

      A. I treat everything from head to toe – so patella-femoral syndrome to ankle sprains, toe fractures to shoulder pains. Most conditions are less likely if you maintain good core strength and balance and avoid overuse.

      Q. What do you like best about working with your patients?

      A. I love to help teach people about their injuries and what to do to recover and avoid re-injury. Getting athletes safely back to play is the best reward.

      Q. What do you like best about working for OAA?

      A. I enjoy the freedom of practice and the great support with other well trained/experienced docs. Being able to see all kinds of injury and knowing I have smart, caring support in my surgeons and therapists, trainers and staff.

      Q. Where are you from, originally, and how did you come to live in the Lehigh Valley?

      A. Born in Cleveland, OH I went to med school in St. Louis and came to the Lehigh Valley for the position at OAA.

      Q. If you were not a sports medicine physician, what would you be doing?

      A. Family medicine or preventative medicine. Still trying to help people get and stay healthy.

      Q. How do you apply your experience as a physician to the rest of your life?

      A. As a sports doc you see the world in a different focus. My doctoring allows me to see the mechanics of people’s actions better.

      Q. Of what achievements are you especially proud?

      A. Being a team doctor for USA Hockey has been a huge honor. There is nothing like hearing the national anthem played with USA on your coat or jersey! Also, being able to help keep our Lehigh Valley IronPigs healthy and in tip-top form.

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Dr. Laura Dunne is a primary care sports medicine physician working at OAA since 2003. She completed family medicine residency at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis and primary care sports medicine fellowship at the Ohio State University, and she is board certified in both family medicine and primary care sports medicine. Dr. Dunne has the further distinction of being named a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice with Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. She is an active member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.
In 2016, Dr. Dunne was named Head Team Physician for the USA Hockey Sled Hockey Development Team for Paralympic sled hockey. She also continues to be the primary care doctor for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Through Lehigh Valley Health Network’s primary care sports medicine fellowship, Dr. Dunne teaches new fellows the craft of sports medicine as well as assisting with their medical coverage of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. 
Dr. Dunne regularly cares for local weekend warriors, sidelined runners, athletes, families, and friends. Her prior team coverage includes the Ohio State University’s team coverage in 2002-2003 season, including the NCAA National Championship for football. She also covered USA Hockey’s U17 gold medal win at the Tri-Nations Tournament, and USA Hockey’s Development Team gold medals at the Défi sportif AlterGo Competition defeating the Canadian development teams in 2016 and 2017. 
In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, running half marathons, and yoga. Her hockey-playing husband and three children keep her busy as well. 

OAA Orthopaedic Specialist
Laura M. Dunne
  • Sports Medicine Institute
  • Family Practice
250 Cetronia road Allentown, PA 18104
Phone: 610.973.6200 URL of Map