Newswise — As the Summer Olympics in Rio continue this week, Penn Medicine physicians and scientists are available for comment on a variety of topics relating to health and injury issues—ranging from Zika virus and water quality to the effects of performance enhancing drugs, cardiac arrest, head trauma and more. Experts are available for interviews by phone, webcam, or satellite uplink from the Penn campus in Philadelphia. Please contact Johanna Harvey at [email protected] or (215) 349-8062 to schedule an interview.
Topics Penn Medicine Experts
Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Injuries
**Additional specialized experts available upon request Brian Sennett, MD, Director of Sports Medicine
Samir Mehta, MD, Chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma. Treats patients suffering from traumatic orthopaedic injuries, including many extreme sports athletes (rock climbers, mountain biking and BMX etc).
James Carey, MD, Director, Penn Center for Cartilage Repair and Osteochondritis Dissecans Treatment. Specializes in treating sports injuries and leads one of only a few cartilage repair centers in the nation.
Wen Chao, MD & Keith Wapner, MD, & Kate O’Connor, MD Foot and Ankle surgeons at Pennsylvania Hospital. Chao serves as foot and ankle surgeon to the Pennsylvania Ballet. Dr. Wapner is President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Ellen Casey, MD, Research director for Women's Sports Medicine Program, and an assistant professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Has an interest in gymnastics.
-Flu (seasonal & novel strains)
-Vaccinations and disease prevention- Waterborne diseases Neil Fishman, MD, University of Pennsylvania Health System associate chief medical officer, chairman of CDC’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee Todd Barton, MD, an associate professor of Clinical Medicine
Zika Virus Stephen Gluckman, MD, medical director Penn Global Medicine and professor of Infectious Diseases, His expertise includes travel medicine, international medicine and tropical diseases.
Sara Cherry, PhD, an associate professor of Microbiology, who studies a number of arthropod-borne (mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies) RNA viruses, including the flaviviruses West Nile virus and dengue (the same family in which Zika virus is a member).
Jack Ludmir, MD, a professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, is an obstetrician who spent time in Colombia treating patients with the Zika virus. He is currently working with Colombian obstetricians and authorities to help develop guidelines based on current knowledge for the care of patients with the virus.
- Head/Neck Injury
- Spinal Injury M. Sean Grady, MD, Charles Harrison Frazier Professor of Neurosurgery and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery
Douglas Smith, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair
- Heart Rhythm problems
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest Frank Marchlinski, MD, Director of Electrophysiology
David Callans, MD, Associate Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology
Gregory E. Supple, MD, FACC, FHRS, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Benjamin Abella, MD, Vice Chair of the department of Emergency Medicine and Clinical Research Director, Center for Resuscitation Science
Anti-Doping & Muscle Physiology Tejvir S. Khurana, MD, PhD, associate professor of Physiology.
He took research mice to within 1,000 feet of the summit of Mount Everest to study how a mammal’s physiology changes when exposed to low-oxygen conditions at extreme altitude.
- Hormones Mitch Lazar, MD, PhD, chief of the division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism and Director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.
Mark Schutta, MD, Director of the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center
- Performance Anxiety
- Mental Preparedness
- Eating Disorders Michael E. Thase, MD, Director of the Penn Mood and Anxiety Program
Corey F. Newman, PhD, a professor of Psychology; Director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy, exerts in sports psychology
Thomas Wadden, PhD, Director of Weight & Eating Disorders
- Illness prevention
- Vaccinations for travel
- Motion sickness, jet lag, altitude sickness
- International disease surveillance
Suzanne Shepherd, MD, Director of Education & Research, PENN Travel Medicine, associate professor of Emergency Medicine
Stephen J. Gluckman, MD, medical director of Penn Global Medicine, professor of Infectious Diseases
- Time Change/Jet Lag
- Sleep Deprivation
- Sleep and Athletic Performance Allan Pack, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Sleep Medicine and Director of the Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology
David F. Dinges, PhD, professor of Psychiatry and chief, division of Sleep and Chronobiology
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