02 July 2007

Dr. Jeff Shilt

My interest in endurance sports came relatively late in life. As most of us who have traveled the medicine path, my successes in life to this juncture have been academic and the result of consistent work over a prolonged period of time, a common theme you hear in the pursuit of most worthy goals.

My athletic success follows that same pathway. Since joining the faculty at Wake Forest upon completion my fellowship in 1999, I started doing triathlons casually in 2000. My first Ironman was in Brazil in 2003, finishing in 11:29. That day challenged me to approach triathlon more seriously...4 years, 6 ironman, and 3 epic camps later I finished IM Brazil 2006 in 9:54, qualifying for a spot at the world championship in Kona.

My experience in training and coaching has been influenced by the coaches I’ve worked with the past few years, including Gordo Byrn, and Scott Molina. A great deal of my training philosophy draws from the significant time I've spent with Gordo. I believe in the "basic week" training philosophy and creating a program that will provide your best results within a healthy life-long plan. My particular expertise is helping successful professionals balance the demands of training with work/life demands. Given my background, I like helping those with biomechanical or medical issues as well.

Over the past 2 years, I have worked with a wide range of ability levels, from elite age group to recreational athletes.

My educational background consists:

  • Undergraduate & Medical degree: University of Missouri-Kansas City

  • Residency: Ochsner Clinic

  • Post-doctoral Fellowship: St. Louis University

  • Pediatric Spine & Orthopaedic Fellowship: Vanderbilt University

***I’m currently an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University