Hospital for Special Surgery in Conjunction with Major League Soccer Presents the 2014 MLS Medical Symposium

Noted Sports Medicine Professionals Provide Insight on Diagnosis and Treatment of Hip Injuries in Soccer Players

Fort Lauderdale—January 10, 2014 

As soccer players flood the Fort Lauderdale area for the 2014 MLS Player Combine, the Soccer Industry Medical Symposium presented by Hospital for Special Surgery and Major League Soccer will bring together some of the country’s foremost sports medicine professionals to discuss managing athletic injuries. Dr. Bryan Kelly, HSS Orthopedic Surgeon and Team Physician for the New York Giants, will lead key discussions on the hip and how to effectively prevent, diagnose and treat injuries.

According to Dr. Kelly, there is an increased recognition of hip injuries and there may also be an increase of actual incident due to lack of cross-training in developing hips. “We hope that attendees will leave knowing how to appropriately diagnose and treat hip injuries in soccer players,” Dr. Kelly said. "Once [injury] has occurred, early diagnosis and treatment is important."

WHAT:  Hospital for Special Surgery and Major League Soccer are jointly sponsoring the 2014 Major League Soccer Medical Symposium in Fort Lauderdale on January 11, 2014 concurrent to the MLS Soccer Combine. The 2014 MLS Medical Symposium is a forum for medical teams to receive guidance on identifying, preventing and treating injuries.

Hospital for Special Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Speakers include:
• John Gallucci, Jr., Medical Coordinator for Major League Soccer
• Holly Silvers, Director of Research at Santa Monica Sports Medicine Foundation
• Nik Wald, Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer of Portland Timbers
• Dr. Robert J. Butler, Assistant Professor at Duke University
• Dr. Michael Gerhardt, Team Physician for US Soccer and Major League Soccer
• Dr. Michael K. Shindle, Team Physician for New York Red Bulls
• Grizelle G. Auguste, Supervisor at UHZ Sports Medicine Institute
• Ron Courson, Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of Georgia
• Amanda Martin, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Physician, Lemak Sports Medicine
• Jaime Rojas, Head Athletic Trainer, Colorado Rapids
• Dr. Damion Martins, Team Physician of New York Jets
• Chip Hummer, Medical Director and Team Physician of Philadelphia Union and Swarthmore College
• Dr. Wayne Gersoff, Chief Medical Officer of Colorado Rapids 

WHEN:     January 11, 2014
                  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE:    Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
                  3030 Holiday Drive
                  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

CONTACT: Tracy Hickenbottom



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. 4 in rheumatology, and No. 5 in geriatrics by U.S.News & World Report (2013-14), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center three consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. From 2007 to 2012, HSS has been a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. HSS is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. 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

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