Dr. Briner is a sports medicine physician specializing in the treatment of acute and overuse injuries in active patients. Board certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine, Dr. Briner completed his medical school training at The Ohio State University; Family Medicine residency at MacNeal Hospital in Illinois; and Sports Medicine fellowship at Marshall University where he served as a team physician for the Thundering Herd.
Prior to joining HSS, Dr. Briner spent 23 years on the Family Medicine faculty of Lutheran General Hospital in Illinois, also serving as the Sports Medicine Fellowship Director – making him the longest serving Fellowship Director in the country. He is a charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Briner has served as a team physician for the New York Lizards, WNBA Chicago Sky, US National Soccer Teams, and several high school and college teams as well. He is currently the Head Team Physician for the US National Volleyball Teams, in addition to chairing the Sports Medicine and Performance Commission for USA Volleyball. For several years, he has been a member of the Medical Commission of the FIVB, Volleyball's international governing body, where he was selected as Beach Volleyball Medical Delegate to the London Olympics.
Dr. Briner is committed to teaming with patients to develop home rehabilitation regimens that will allow them to remain active. In appropriate patients, he hopes to help forestall and even prevent a need for surgery. His clinical interest lies in helping arthritis patients manage their symptoms and continue exercising, as well as having an interest in the medical problems of athletes. Dr. Briner is the author of a book entitled, "Action Plan for Allergies," geared toward keeping allergic patients active.
Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Soft tissue musculoskeletal injury
Home exercise programs for injury rehabilitation
Exercise and allergy
Exercise induced asthma
Hyaluronate injections for osteoarthritis
Trigger point injections
Tendon and bursa injections
Exercise-induced asthma evaluation
Family Practice "Teacher of the Year," Lutheran General Hospital Family Practice Residency, 2001
Castle-Connolly: Top Doctors for Sports Medicine: 2001-2016
Consumers’ Research Council: America’s Top Family Doctors: 2004-2006
Best Doctors in America: Best Doctors, Inc.: 2007-2015
Charter Member, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
Member: North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA)
USA Volleyball Team Physician
Chairman, USA Volleyball Sports Medicine and Performance Commission
Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
Blue Cross Pathway
Blue Cross Pathway Enhanced
NYS Empire Plan
United Healthcare Compass
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The Ohio State University, Ohio
MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, IL
Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Family Medicine recertified 2007, Sports Medicine CAQ recertified 2003
Illinois, New York
Reviewer: The Physician and Sports Medicine, 1998 - 2003
Reviewer: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Reviewer: Current Sports Medicine Reports
Reviewer: Sports Health
Vormittag K, Calonje R, Briner WW: Foot and ankle injuries in the barefoot sports., Curr Sports Med Rep.8(5):262-6, 2009.
Reeser JC, Verhagen E, Briner WW, Askeland TI, Bahr R: Strategies for the Prevention of Volleyball-Related, Injuries. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 40:594-600, 2006.
Benjamin HJ, Briner WW: Little League Elbow, Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 15(1):37-40, 2005.
Briner WW, Kacmar L: Common Injuries in Volleyball: Mechanisms of Injury, Prevention and Rehabilitation. Sports Medicine. 24(1):65-71, 1997.
Briner WW, Majewski PM: Cost Saving Protocol for Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. (letter) JAMA. 276(7):526,1996.
Briner WW, Farr C: Athlete Age and Sports Physical Examination Findings. The Journal of Family Practice. 40(4):370-375,1995.
Briner WW: Physical Allergies and Exercise: Clinical Implications for those Engaged in Sports Activities. Sports Medicine. 15(6):365-373,1993.
Briner WW, Sheffer AL: Exercise Induced Anaphylaxis. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 24(8):849-850, August, 1992.
Briner WW, Carr DE, Lavery KM: Anterior Inferior Tibiofibular Ligament Injury: Not Just Another Ankle Sprain. The Physician and Sports Medicine, 17(11):63-69, November, 1989.
Briner WW, Shinsplints, Amer. Fam. Phys., 37(2):155-160, February 1988.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Action Plan for Allergies (with Matthew Brandon and Jeffrey Mjaanes), 2006. Human Kinetics Publishing, Champaign, IL.
"Sports Hernia” in The 5 - Minute Sports Medicine Consult, Bracker M, ed, Wolters Kluwer, Chicago, 2011.
"DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis" in The 5 - Minute Sports Medicine Consult, Bracker M, ed, Wolters Kluwer, Chicago, 2011.
"Volleyball" in The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine, Lyle Micheli, ed, Sage, London, England, 2010.
"Allergies" in Clinical Exercise Physiology, LeMura L, ed, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2004.
"Volleyball" in The Female Athlete, Ireland and Nattiv, ed.,W B Saunders, Orlando, 2003.
"The Role of the Sports Medicine Professional" in the International Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine of Volleyball Handbook, Blackwell International, Malden, Massachusetts, 2003.
"Environmental Concerns" in the International Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine of Volleyball Handbook, Blackwell International, Malden, Massachusetts, 2003.
December, 2008. "Volleyball Injury Prevention" at the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association Annual Meeting, Omaha, NE
June, 2006: Presenter for Workshop: "AEDs on the Sidelines," American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting, Denver
June, 2005: Discussant, "Clinical Colloquium: Volleyball," American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting, Nashville
Discussant: Clinical Cases Slide Presentation: "Knee II," American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting, Denver, June, 2011
"Challenging Cases from the Volleyball Sidelines: You be the Event Physician," Workshop at the First FIVB Volleyball Medicine Congress, Bled, Slovenia, February, 2011
"Diagnosing and Managing Exertional Heat Illness," at the First FIVB Volleyball Medicine Congress, Bled, Slovenia, February, 2011
"Epidemiology of Back Pain in Volleyball," at the First FIVB Volleyball Medicine Congress, Bled, Slovenia, February, 2011
Discussant: Clinical Cases Slide Presentation, "Trauma I," American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting, Baltimore, June, 2010
"Physical Activity and Allergies," and "Allergy Clinical Workshop," 5th Fit International Congress, Rogalska, Slovenia, May, 2010
"Tendinosis"to the Sports Medicine Interest Group at Midwestern University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Downer’s Grove, IL, February, 2010
Sports pre-participation exams