Several service members from the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), New York—home to many top sports-medicine physicians and surgeons who treat complex professional sports injuries and conditions and serve as team physicians for many US teams—will support US teams during the Olympics in Beijing.

Among the participants are:

•    Scott A. Rodeo, MD, HSS sports medicine service co-chief

•    John Cavanaugh, PT, MEd, ATC, HSS Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center clinical supervisor

•    David W. Altchek, MD, an attending orthopaedic surgeon in the sports medicine and shoulder service at HSS, who serves as medical director for the New York Mets. He was formerly team physician for the US Davis Cup tennis team, and has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters on problems of the shoulder, elbow, and knee.

•    Russell Warren, MD, an attending orthopedic surgeon at HSS, who is team physician for the New York Giants and oversees all medical care for the players. Last month he was inducted into the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Hall of Fame.

•    Jo A. Hannafin, MD, PhD, an orthopedic surgeon and director of orthopedic research at HSS, who has served as a USOC physician for the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece, as a team physician at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic, and as an event physician at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. She is board certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and has published and lectured extensively on tendon and ligament healing, and has repeatedly been honored as one of The Best Doctors in America.

•    Riley J. Williams III, MD, a specialist in the field of shoulder, knee, and elbow surgery at HSS. His clinical and research interests include cartilage repair and transplantation, arthroscopic shoulder repair (rotator cuff tears, labrum tears), arthroscopic shoulder stabilization, anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, and elbow ligament reconstruction. He is director of the Institute for Cartilage Repair at HSS and serves as head team physician for the New Jersey Nets.

•    Lisa Callahan, MD, co-director of the HSS Women’s Sports Medicine Center, specializes in the care of active and athletic women. She is board-certified in primary care/sports medicine and serves as the director of player care for the New York Knicks and Liberty basketball teams.

•    Michael Levinson PT, CSCS, serves as clinical supervisor of the Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center at HSS and is a physical therapist for the New York Mets. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and specializes in overhead athletes. He has published many chapters and articles on sports medicine rehabilitation and has lectured on topics regarding the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle.

•    Jordan Metzl, MD, who specializes in treatment of sports injuries in child and adolescent athletes. He has lectured on the increased prevalence of overuse injuries in young athletes and has authored The Young Athlete: A Sports Doctor’s Complete Guide for Parents; Sports Medicine in the Pediatric Office; and pens the medical column for Triathlete magazine. His areas of expertise include: concussion, overuse injuries, running injuries, and triathlon injuries. Metzl is a five-time Ironman triathlete, and has run 25 marathons.

•    Michelle G. Carlson, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports injuries of the hand and the upper extremity, including ligament injuries of the wrist, tendonitis, and wrist and hand fractures. Carlson is a consulting hand surgeon for the New York Mets and New York Knicks.

HSS specializes in orthopedics, rheumatology, and rehabilitation, and has been nationally ranked No 1 in orthopedics and No 4 in rheumatology by US News & World Report (2008), and received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

For more information, read US Olympic team physician Scott Rodeo’s blog from Beijing.

[Source: Newswise]