UCLA experts advisory: sports medicine, doping and the Olympics

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The following UCLA experts are available to speak to journalists on topics related to sports medicine, sports injuries, athletic conditioning and doping at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Anthony Butch is director of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, the largest World Anti-Doping Agency–accredited sports drug–testing facility in the world and one of the leading research institutions in the field of athletic doping. Butch oversees more than 40 scientists who analyze approximately 45,000 urine specimens each year for traces of banned substances intended to give athletes an unfair competitive edge. Founded in 1982 to perform testing of athletes competing in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the UCLA facility was the first U.S. laboratory accredited by the International Olympic Committee. [Full bio]

Contact: Elaine Schmidt
Phone: 310-794-2272
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Julie Casper, clinical instructor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is a team physician for UCLA's athletics department and an associate physician diplomate at UCLA's Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center. She specializes in issues related to running, triathlons, gymnastics and volleyball, and her research interests include energy balance and menstrual dysfunction in female college athletes. Casper is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Contact: Enrique Rivero
Phone: 310-794-2273
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. John P. DiFiori, professor of family medicine and chief of the sports medicine division at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has more then 10 years' experience as a team physician with UCLA's athletic department and has served as a team physician for U.S. national teams at international events. DiFiori's specialties include the evaluation and treatment of joint and soft-tissue injuries and injuries stemming from running and overuse. He has special expertise in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries such as Achilles tendonitis. DiFiori served on the board of directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and is associate editor of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. He has co-authored numerous research papers in respected sports medicine journals. [Full bio]

Contact: Enrique Rivero
Phone: 310-794-2273
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Seth Gamradt, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is an assistant team physician for UCLA's athletic department and is a former assistant team physician for the NFL's New York Giants. His areas of expertise include shoulder, knee and elbow surgery, as well as general sports medicine. Gamradt did his orthpedic surgery residency at UCLA and completed a fellowship in shoulder and sports medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. [Full bio]

Contact: Ted Braun
Phone: 310-319-4567
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Heather Gillespie, assistant clinical professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is a team physician for the UCLA athletics department and has a sports medicine practice at Santa Monica–UCLA Medical Center that treats patients of all ages with sports-related injuries and other medical issues. She also runs a pediatric sports medicine specialty clinic at Orthopaedic Hospital in downtown Los Angeles, specializing in sports-related injuries in children and adolescents. Gillespie served in 2006-07 as an assistant team physician for the Portland (Maine) Pirates, the minor league hockey affiliate of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks. She is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine. [Full bio]

Contact: Enrique Rivero
Phone: 310-794-2273
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Sharon Hame, associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery in the sports medicine division at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been a team physician for UCLA's athletic department for nearly 10 years. Hame specializes in orthopedic sports medicine, with expertise in shoulder, knee, elbow, hip and ankle injuries; she performs arthroscopic surgery on these joints, as well as ligament reconstruction and joint stabilization. Hame also has an interest in bone health, particularly the areas of osteoporosis and stress fractures, and the "female athlete triad" (eating disorders, amenorrhea, osteoporosis). A national and international lecturer on sports medicine topics, Hame is the current president of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society and has served on committees of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. She is a reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and has co-authored research articles in these and other journals. [Full bio]

Contact: Enrique Rivero
Phone: 310-794-2273
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. David McAllister, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine, is a team physician for UCLA's athletics department and a specialist in orthopedic sports medicine problems involving the joints, with a special expertise in knee injuries. He has lectured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. He has co-authored articles in many scientific journals, including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and Current Opinion in Orthopaedics. [Full bio]

Contact: Enrique Rivero
Phone: 310-794-2273
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Ali R. Motamedi, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is an assistant team physician for UCLA's athletics department whose clinical interests include Achilles tendon, ankle, arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery; knee pain and cartilage; and knee ligament. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Arthroscopy and Current Sports Medicine Reports and has been published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and Orthopaedics. [Full bio]

Contact: Enrique Rivero
Phone: 310-794-2273
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Aurelia Nattiv, professor of orthopedic surgery and family medicine in the division of sports medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been a team physician for UCLA's athletics department since 1994. She has served as an invited team physician for USA Track and Field, USA Gymnastics and USA Basketball, as well as for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and has been a medical consultant to USA Gymnastics, USA Track and Field and the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Her research involves the "female athlete triad" (eating disorders, amenorrhea, osteoporosis), stress-fracture prevention, bone health and osteoporosis, and risk-taking behaviors in athletes. She has published and lectured extensively in these areas and was co-editor of the book "The Female Athlete" and chair and lead author of the American College of Sports Medicine's "Position Stand on The Female Athlete Triad." Nattiv has served as an elected board member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine, where she is also a fellow. Her practice is at Santa Monica–UCLA Orthopaedic Center, where she serves as a consultant in sports medicine and osteoporosis treatment and prevention for adult and pediatric populations. [Full bio]

Contact: Enrique Rivero
Phone: 310-794-2273
E-mail: [email protected]

 

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