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UCLA doctors available to comment on Olympic Games drug testing, gender issues and sports injuries

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Newswise — The following UCLA experts are available to speak to journalists on topics related to doping and drug testing, gender issues, sports injuries and athletic conditioning at the 2012 Olympics.

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 more than 40,000 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, the UCLA facility was the first U.S. laboratory accredited by the International Olympic Committee.
Media contact:
Elaine Schmidt | 310-794-2272 | eschmidt@mednet.ucla.edu

Dr. Eric Vilain, professor of human genetics, pediatrics and urology and chief of medical genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, studies the genetics of sexual development, including disorders of sex development. Vilain has been quoted frequently in the media on the subject of athletes whose gender is ambiguous and on the International Olympic Committee's efforts to address this issue. He is a member of the IOC panel on hyperandrogenism (the high production of androgen, a male sex hormone) in female athletes.
Media contact:
Elaine Schmidt | 310-794-2272 | eschmidt@mednet.ucla.edu

Dr. Heather Gillespie, assistant clinical professor 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. 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.
Media contact:
Enrique Rivero | 310-794-2273 | erivero@mednet.ucla.edu

Dr. John DiFiori, professor 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.
Media contact:
Enrique Rivero | 310-794-2273 | erivero@mednet.ucla.edu

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.
Media contact:
Ted Braun | 310-319-4567 | tbraun@mednet.ucla.edu

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 also has an interest in the "female athlete triad" (eating disorders, amenorrhea, osteoporosis). A national and international lecturer on sports medicine topics, Hame is the former 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 has been a reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
Media contact:
Enrique Rivero | 310-794-2273 | erivero@mednet.ucla.edu

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. His research has appeared in numerous scientific journals, including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and Current Opinion in Orthopaedics.
Media contact:
Enrique Rivero | 310-794-2273 | erivero@mednet.ucla.edu

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.
Media contact:
Enrique Rivero | 310-794-2273 | erivero@mednet.ucla.edu

Talin Babikian, an assistant research professor in the department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, specializes in sports related injuries. She is the clinical neuropsychologist at the UCLA Sports Concussion clinic, which includes treatment of UCLA athletes and professional athletes, and conducts research to better understand the course of recovery following a brain injury.
Media contact:
Mark Wheeler | 310-794-2265 | mwheeler@mednet.ucla.edu

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