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Stephen E. Olvey, M.D.

Información general

Stephen E. Olvey, M.D.



  • English


  • American Board of Internal Medicine


  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology (Psychiatry & Neurology)
  • Critical Care Medicine-Internal Medicine


  • Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Director, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit/Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Founding Fellow FIA Institute for Motorsports Safety

Intereses clínicas

Neuro-critical care motorsports medicine

Intereses de

Books and monographs published:

Olvey SE, Rapid Response: My inside story as a motor racing life-saver (Autobiography) Haynes Publishing, November 30, 2006

Olvey SE: Motor Sports. In: Cantu RC's Neurologic Athletic Head and Spine Injuries, W.B. Saunders Co, 1999

Olvey SE: Auto Racing. In: Jordan B.D.'s Sports Neurology Second Edition, Lippincott-Raven Publishers, Philadelphia 1999.

Juried or referred journal articles or exhibitions:

O'Keeffe T, Ginzburg E, Habib F, Manning K, Lopez P, Olvey S, Taha A: Resistance with Levofloxacin vs. Tobramycin in Combination with Peperacillin/Tazobactam in a Neurosurgical ICU, BMC Infectious Diseases, Pending Publication

Joshi M, Metzler M, McCarthy M, Olvey S, Kassira W, Cooer A: Comparison of Piperacillin/Tazobactam and Imipenem/Cilastatin, Both in Combination with Tobramycin, Administered Every 6 Hours for Treatment of Nosocomial Pneumonia, Respiratory Medicine (2006) 100, 1554-1565

Olvey SE, Knox T, Cohn KA: The Development of a Method to Measure Head Acceleration and Motion in High-Impact Crashes, Neurosurgery, March 2004, 54(3) 672-677

Member of the Neurocritical Care Fever Reduction Trial Group: Treatment of Fever in the Neurologic Intensive Care Unit with a Catheter-based Heat Exchange System, Critical Care Medicine, 2004, 32(2) 559-564

Jacobs PL, Olvey SE, Johnson BM, Cohn KA: Physiological Responses High-Speed, Open-Wheel Racecar Driving. Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, 2002 Dec;34(12)2085-2090

Jacobs PL, Olvey SE: Metabolic and Heart Rate Responses to Open Wheel Automobile Road Racing: A single subject study. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 2000, 14(2) 157-161.

Olvey SE, Trammell T, Mellor A, FIA Institute for Motorsports Safety: Recommended Standards for Helmet Design in Children Based on Antropometric and Head Mass Measurements in 223 Children Ages Six to Seventeen, presented at the SAE International Motorsports Engineering Conference, December 5-7, 2006, Dearborn, MI (Document Number: 2006-01-3656)


Honored with the STEPHEN E. OLVEY, M.D. DAY
Member Service Award
The Betty Rutherford Award
Honorary Member
Molson Achievement Award: Motorsports
Horton Safety Award


1972 Internal Medicine
1972 Fellowship
Dr. F. Manfredi Veteran's Hospital
1970 Internship
1969 M.D.
Indiana University School of Medicine
1965 B.A.
Hanover College


Stephen E. Olvey was born in 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Hanover College in 1965 and Indiana University School of Medicine in 1969. He did his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Methodist Hospital of Indiana where he was Chief Medicine Resident and President of the House Staff in 1969.  Dr. Olvey began his medical career in Internal Medicine in 1972 and introduced critical care medicine to the state of Indiana in 1975 when he developed the first critical care program in the state at Methodist Hospital of Indiana Inc.  He became chairman of the hospital ethics committee in 1987 and has published widely in the areas of critical care and medical ethics since that time. Dr. Olvey has been doing critical care medicine full time since 1975 and began doing neuro-critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1991 when he was invited by Dr. Barth Green to join the Department of Neurosurgery in Miami and to take over the directorship of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he continues today.

Upon graduating from his Internship, Dr. Olvey was made Assistant Medical Director of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and in 1975 the Medical Director of the United States Auto Club sanctioning body for all Indy car races.  In 1978, when the newly formed Championship Auto Racing Teams split from USAC he became their Medical Director and remained so until retiring from that position in 2003.  During that period he developed a medical support team that became the gold standard for motor sports worldwide. In 1985, he started the Methodist Hospital Performance Institute dedicated to the health, fitness, and performance of high risk athletes.  Also, in 1985 he, along with three other colleagues, started the International Council of Motor Sports Science, an organization that now includes more than 150 professionals involved in safety and performance in motor sports. He was founding chairman of the organization and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Dr. Olvey has published extensively in the area of high-velocity sports medicine as well as lecturing internationally in Europe and South America. He was made a Founding Fellow of the newly formed FIA Institute for Motor Sports Safety in Paris, and as such is actively involved in research on an international level.

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