Elon Phoenix



Kenneth Barnes, M.D., M.S.
Director of Sport Medicine and Team Physician                                                              

Dr. Kenneth Barnes began his affiliation with Elon University in July 2007 and joined the staff in 2008 as the Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Team Physician.  In this role, Barnes has increased the focus and accessibility of medical care for Elon student-athletes for both primary care and sports medicine related injuries and illness.  Barnes also works part-time at Kernodle Clinic providing musculoskeletal sports medicine care to the Burlington and Alamance County communities.

Barnes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from The University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (specialized honors) from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He also completed a Master's of Science in Medical Science (Orthopaedic Biomechanics) from The University of Calgary prior to receiving his Doctor of Medicine from The National University of Ireland.

Following medical school, Barnes went on to complete a Combined Residency Training Program in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Baystate Health System in Springfield, Mass. and recently completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, N.C.

In addition to his work with the Phoenix over the past two years, Barnes gained experience in Sports Medicine at The University of Massachusetts, The University of South Carolina, College of the Holy Cross, The Springfield Falcons Hockey Club and New England Orthopedics. He also currently provides care to Western Alamance High School in Burlington, N.C.

Barnes remains active in teaching and mentoring by serving as the Site Director for the Moses Cone Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. In addition, Barnes has an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He recently joined the Elon faculty as a adjunct professor and teaches courses to the undergraduate exercise sport science students. He has admitting privileges at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington and The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro.

Barnes is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the North Carolina Medical Society, the Alamance County Medical Society, and the American Medical Association (AMA). He has an extensive research background with regional, national and international presentations and publications most notably on the kinematics and kinetics of the patellofemoral joint and exercise-induced asthma in NCAA athletes. 


Aaron Leininger, M.D.
Sports Medicine Fellow

Aaron Leininger will serve as the Sports Medicine Fellow for the 2009-10 year.  A 2006 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Leininger has spent the last three years as an intern and resident at Moses Cone Family Practice in Greensboro where he was chosen as the most scholarly resident. 

Leininger is active in research, having presented his award-winning work on childhood activity levels at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine's (AMSSM) annual meeting. He was recently chosen to represent all national primary care sports medicine fellows as the first annual fellow representative to the AMSSM fellowship committee.  

He has been a very active volunteer with local sports coverage over the last three years, especially with the Elon men's soccer squad. Leininger graduate magna cum laude from Clemson University where he was a member of the Tiger soccer team.