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EDUCATION

As one of the largest academic medical universities in the country, UCLA sponsors many exceptional training programs including our family medicine residency program which consists of 36 residents.

RESEARCH

The UCLA Department of Family Medicine Research Program has one of the most active family medicine research groups in the country committed to improving the quality of primary care and promoting health in partnership with ethnically diverse communities.

Faculty

John DiFiori, M.D.

John DiFiori, MD

Dr. DiFiori is Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, and Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine. He received his medical degree from Temple University. He completed a residency in Family Medicine at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and received his fellowship training in Sports Medicine at UCLA. Dr. DiFiori is co-director of the primary care sports medicine fellowship program. He has been a team physician for the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for more than 15 years, and currently serves as team physician for the Bruins’ football and men’s basketball programs. He serves as a medical consultant for the NHL Players’ Association, and is a member of the U.S.A. Gymnastics physician referral network. Dr. DiFiori has served on the Board of Directors for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He serves on the editorial boards of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine and Current Sports Medicine Reports. Dr. DiFiori's research interests include overuse injuries affecting children and adolescents, and preparticipation screening. He has authored multiple scientific articles, case reports, and book chapters on a variety of sports medicine issues.

 

Florczyk, Dena, M.D.

Dena Florczyk, MD

Dr. Florczyk joined the teaching faculty in 2012, after completing her primary care sports medicine fellowship training at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a team physician for the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, specifically the women’s swimming and diving team, and is a primary care and sports medicine physician at the UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center. Her current research interests include injury patterns and risk factors for injuries in female collegiate swimmers and divers. Dr. Florczyk received her medical degree at the University of California, San Diego and completed a residency in Internal Medicine- Pediatrics at Christiana Care Health System and DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. She is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American College of Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

Heather Gillespie, M.D.

Heather Gillespie, MD, MPH

Dr. Gillespie joined the faculty in 2007 after completing her fellowship training at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She is a team physician for the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, specifically the women's soccer, basketball and water polo teams, and has a sports medicine practice at UCLA Santa Monica which includes patients of all ages with sports related injuries and medical issues. Additionally, she directs the pediatric sports medicine specialty clinic at Orthopaedic Hospital, in downtown Los Angeles, specializing in sports related injuries in children and adolescents. Her current research interests include the epidemiology of inner city youth sports injuries and injuries in collegiate swimmers. Dr. Gillespie is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.

 

Gary Green, M.D.

Gary Green, MD

Dr. Green has been a member of the UCLA Department of Family Medicine since 1988. Following his residency he was appointed Head Team Physician at the University of Delaware, where he served until his move to UCLA. During his tenure at UCLA, Dr. Green has contributed to the sports medicine literature in several areas, with an emphasis on drugs and the athlete, heading effects in soccer, and exercise and organ transplantation. Dr. Green coordinates the drug testing program at UCLA, and is also a team physician for Pepperdine University and U.S. Soccer. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Green is the Medical Director for Major League Baseball, as well as their consultant on Anabolic Steroids and Performance Enhancing Drugs. He is in private practice at the Pacific Palisades Medical Group.

 

Aurelia Nattiv, M.D.

Aurelia Nattiv, MD

Dr. Aurelia Nattiv is a Professor in the UCLA Departments of Family Medicine, Division of Sports Medicine and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is the Director of the Santa Monica-UCLA Osteoporosis Center and Co-Director of the UCLA Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. In addition to serving as a team physician for the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Dr. Nattiv has served as a team physician and consultant for USA Track and Field, USA Gymnastics and the USOC. Dr. Nattiv received her medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the Sonoma County Community Hospital, affiliate of UC San Francisco. She received her sports medicine fellowship training at the UCLA Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.

Dr. Nattiv's primary areas of research and publications have been on the female athlete triad: disordered eating, menstrual dysfunction and osteoporosis. She has served as Chair of the American College of Sports Medicine most recent Position Stand on the Female Athlete Triad and edited a book, The Female Athlete. Other areas of research include assessment of risk factors for stress fractures in young athletes, non-pharmacological management of menstrual dysfunction in female athletes, and prevention and treatment of osteoporotic fragility fractures. Dr. Nattiv has served as an elected member on the board of directors for the American College of Sports Medicine and American Medical Society of Sports Medicine. She currently serves on the editorial board for the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

 

Daniel Vigil, M.D.

Daniel Vigil, MD

Dr. Vigil joined the clinical faculty of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA in 2013. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed residency training in Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente, and received his Sports Medicine specialty training at UCLA. After his Sports Medicine Fellowship training at UCLA, Dr. Vigil joined the Department of Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles Medical Center where he established the Division of Sports Medicine and co-founded their Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.

Dr. Vigil currently holds faculty appointments in the departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA. He also serves as a consultant in Musculoskeletal Medicine at Mid-Valley Comprehensive Health Center in Van Nuys, CA. Dr. Vigil is a team physician for the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. He is a medical consultant for USA Track and Field and a member of the USA Track and Field physician referral network. Through his affiliation with USA Track and Field, he has been a team physician for several international competitions, including the World Championships, World Cup, Continental Cup and Pan American Games. He has also served as a physician at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Vigil is a member of the Board Certification Test Writing Committee and Research Committee for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Vigil's research interests include heat illness and dehydration, overuse injuries and pre-participation screening, and the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in the treatment of sports-related injuries. He has conducted research in these areas and has authored scientific articles, case reports, and book chapters in these and other areas of sports medicine. Dr. Vigil's sports medicine practice at UCLA includes the evaluation of sports-related injuries and medical problems for patients of all ages. He also practices family medicine, providing care for patients with a wide variety of medical problems, as well as supervising medical students and residents.