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William W. Briner Jr., MD

Primary Sports Medicine

About Dr. Briner

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.

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Special Expertise

Soft tissue musculoskeletal injury
Home exercise programs for injury rehabilitation
Stress fractures
Exercise and allergy
Ankle Sprains
Exercise induced asthma


Intra-articular injections
Hyaluronate injections for osteoarthritis
Trigger point injections
Tendon and bursa injections
Exercise-induced asthma evaluation

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Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery


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)
Medical Commission
USA Volleyball Team Physician
Chairman, USA Volleyball Sports Medicine and Performance Commission


Family Medicine recertified 2007, Sports Medicine CAQ recertified 2003


Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2014-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2021, 2022
Newsday Top Doctors on Long Island, 2014-2017
Castle Connolly Top Doctors for Sports Medicine, 2001-2016
Best Doctors in America: Best Doctors, Inc., 2007-2015
Consumers’ Research Council: America’s Top Family Doctors, 2004-2006
Family Practice "Teacher of the Year," Lutheran General Hospital Family Practice Residency, 2001


The Ohio State University, Ohio


MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, IL


Marshall University, Huntington, WV

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Briner

Blog Posts

Editorial Appointments

Reviewer: The Physician and Sports Medicine, 1998 - 2003
Reviewer: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Reviewer: Current Sports Medicine Reports
Reviewer: Sports Health

Selected Books/Chapters

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.

Selected Journal Articles

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.

Selected Presentations

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


Research Interests

Sports pre-participation exams
Volleyball injuries
Ankle sprains
Injury prevention

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of March 03, 2022, Dr. Briner reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

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