Christopher Trigger, MD, CAQSM

Christopher Trigger, MD, CAQSM

Dr. Christopher Trigger is a board certified emergency medicine physician with five years of experience working in an evolving emergency department setting. He has been additionally board certified in sports medicine using his skills as a team physician, medical director of multiple sporting and other events and running a concussion clinic.

He received a Bachelor of Science from Grand Valley State University. He went on to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine for his Medical Doctorate degree. Dr. Trigger completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Illinois Hospital and was the Education Chief Resident at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Trigger also completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and was the team physician for Robert Morris University, LaRoche College, and Mt. Lebanon High School.

Dr. Trigger is employed by the Emergency Physician Medical Group, PC where he is an attending physician at Lakeland Health Care in three Emergency Departments; Saint Joseph, Niles and Watervliet. He is a core faculty member for the osteopathic Emergency Medicine residency at Lakeland and is a Clinical Assistant Professor with Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM).

He is a dynamic educator at the Lakeland Emergency Medicine Residency Didactic Lecture series, Lakeland HealthCare Grand Rounds Weekly Continuing Medical Education Lecture series, Lakeland HealthCare Athletic Training In-service, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Illinois Emergency Medicine Residency Morbidity and Mortality Conference. He presents on a wide variety of emergency medicine and orthopedic/sports medicine topics.

Dr. Trigger has also presented on a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine topics at American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Orthopedic Sports Medicine Conference, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Conference, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Conference, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center St. Margaret Sports Symposium, and Mercy Hospital and Medical Center Critical Care Conference.

He has done research with the Hispanic Center of Excellence Summer Medical Research Fellowship Program and the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Pediatric Cardiology. He has published several articles in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Trigger has authored chapters on Clavicle Fractures and Hyperthermia: Heat Stroke, Exhaustion and Cramps in 5 Minute Sports Medicine Clinical Consult.

As part of his Sports Medicine practice, Dr. Trigger routinely provides sports and events coverage. He is the Chair of Medical Services for the upcoming 2014 Senior PGA Championship. He previously served as the Medical Director for the 2012 Senior PGA Golf Championship. He is the Medical Director of the Ironman 70.3 Steelhead Triathlon. Dr. Trigger is also the team physician for Saint Joseph High School and Lake Michigan College. He has provided medical staff coverage at many other events including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, Women’s NCAA Second Round Tournament Game in 2010, Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp, Men’s Health Chicago Urbanathalon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Lollapalooza Music Festival.

Dr. Trigger is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians (MCEP). He is an alumni member of the Emergency Medicine Residency Association (EMRA).

He is an energetic, driven medical professional highly skilled in the treatment of emergency medical and sports medical conditions.

“It is absolutely wonderful to have a super-specialty such as Sports Medicine in a small town! Especially when schools and travel teams are focusing on concussions, it is great to have a physician double-boarded in Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine. Dr Trigger is such a valuable asset for the community: he can efficiently evaluate, test, and diagnose acute and chronic sports injuries. He has experience and talent in providing effective treatment and prevention of future injuries. Dr Trigger has a focused, yet easy-going manner in his interactions with all of his patients. At a time in which an athlete is injured, in pain, and worried about implications for their future, Dr Trigger works systematically, carefully, and accurately diagnoses the problem. All the while, Dr Trigger is personable, interesting, and down to Earth. He takes his time to explain all involved factors. He has a way of checking whether the patient understands the information presented. He actively keeps the patient involved in their own medical care.”