Dr. Tokish was a biochemistry major at the US Air Force Academy before attending medical school at the University of Washington. He completed residency at the University of Arizona, and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. He then returned to the Air Force Academy where he was Chief of Sports Medicine and Head Team Physician from 2001-2009. He moved to Tripler Army Hospital where he was the residency program director. In 2014 after a 17 year career in the Air Force, Dr. Tokish joined the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, where he was Director of Research and Director of the Sports Medicine Orthopedic Fellowship. There, he was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Clemson University. He has primarily focused on amniotic MSCs and non-cellular solutions to cartilage and tendon issues. He has numerous publications and holds 2 patents in the area.
In 2017, Dr. Tokish moved to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ, where he is a Professor in Orthopedic Surgery, Director of the Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, and the Vice Chair for Research. He is on the advisory board for Mayo’s Center for Regenerative Medicine, and his current interests are in grant funded development of tendon augmented biospun scaffolds.