Hospital for Special Surgery Experts Available to Comment on Injuries and Other Medical Issues during Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games

Former USOC physicians and their colleagues available for commentary

New York, NY—February 6, 2006 

WHAT:  As healthcare providers for numerous professional athletes and teams -- as well as the 2004 Athens Olympics Games -- sports medicine experts at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery are qualified to comment on medical issues that might arise during the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Experts are available to comment from New York City on the following medical conditions:  

  • Specific sports injuries and treatment (within patient confidentiality restrictions)
  • Medical approaches used to treat an injured Olympian
  • Issues related to testing for performance enhancing drugs 
  • Sport psychology (e.g., mental preparation, pre-race anxiety) 
  • Medical issues that could prevent an athlete from competing (e.g., upper gastrointestinal disorders, traumatic injuries)
  • Health and medical preparation undertaken before the Games

WHO:  The following HSS experts are available for interviews in New York. They are sports medicine specialists who have treated many former and current Olympians and professional athletes.

Jo A. Hannafin, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon with vast experience working with top athletes at international venues. Hannafin served as a USOC physician for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, a team physician at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic, and an event physician at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Dr. Hannafin was a team physician for the WUSA New York Power from 2000-2003, an assistant team physician for the New York Mets from 1992-1996, and has been team physician for the U.S. Rowing Team since 1994. Hannafin is a member of the FISA Medical Commission and the Head Team physician for the WNBA New York Liberty. She was also a member of the silver medalist lightweight double at the 1984 World Rowing Championships and a three-time gold medalist at the U.S. National Rowing Championships.

John D. MacGillivray, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon who currently serves as a team physician for the United States Ski Team and an orthopaedic consultant for the New York Giants and the National Hockey League Players' Association. In the past, he has served as team physician for St. John's University, the New York Saints (professional lacrosse team), the United States Snowboard Team, and as a consultant for the New York Giants football team.

Jordan Metzl, MD, is the medical director and co-founder of The Sports Medicine Institute for Young Athletes at Hospital for Special Surgery, one of the first sports medicine centers dedicated to the treatment of sports injuries in child and adolescent athletes. He has lectured widely on the increased prevalence of overuse injuries in young athletes and is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Young Athlete: A Sports Doctor's Complete Guide for Parents, published by Little Brown in 2002. He is the medical columnist for Triathlete magazine and is able to speak on sports injury, medical issues related to sports participation, and performance enhancing drugs in sports.

Scott Rodeo, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon who served as a USOC physician for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Through his experience treating Olympic athletes, Rodeo is familiar with drug testing regulations and procedures, including the medications that can interfere with drug tests and that require athletes to file "Therapeutic Use Exemption” forms. Rodeo is also an associate team physician of the New York Giants Football Team. A former top-level athlete, Rodeo competed on the swim team at Stanford University, where he also qualified for the NCAA National Championships. He continues to provide care for local NYC swimming programs.

Jenny R. Susser, PhD, is a Clinical Health Psychologist specializing in Sports Psychology. She works with professional, Olympic, collegiate, and amateur athletes of all ages to address the mental and emotional side of sport and competition, including injury, performance enhancement, and competitive anxiety. Dr. Susser has conducted research on injury recovery, investigating the use of mental imagery on recovery. An All-American swimmer and assistant coach at UCLA, she swam on two national teams and participated in the 1988 Olympic Trials.

Michelle G. Carlson, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports injuries of the hand and upper-extremity, including ligament injuries of the wrist, tendonitis, wrist and hand fractures, and skier’s thumb. Dr. Carlson is a consulting hand surgeon for the New York Mets, the New York Knicks, and athletes at St. John’s University. Additionally, she has treated many other professional and NCAA athletes during their playing season and has a reputation for returning athletes to play quickly and safely through a combination of operative and non-operative treatments. Dr. Carlson lectures nationally on her approach to treatment of the upper extremity in these high-demand athletes.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2007), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In the 2006 edition of HealthGrades' Hospital Quality in America Study, HSS received five-star ratings for clinical excellence in its specialties. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.

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