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Brett G. Toresdahl, MD

Primary Sports Medicine

About Dr. Toresdahl


Dr. Toresdahl has closed his practice to move closer to his family in Utah. The HSS Primary Sports Medicine physicians are available to provide the highest level of sports medicine care for you and/or your family member. You can contact our HSSConnect staff at our physician referral line at (917) 260-4747, who can connect you with other superb HSS physicians who will meet your orthopedic needs. If you would like to request your medical records, please contact the Health Information Management Department at HSS by telephone at (212) 606-1254. 

Brett Toresdahl, MD, is an Assistant Attending Physician at Hospital for Special Surgery and Research Director for the HSS Primary Sports Medicine Service. He is board certified in family medicine and has a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine.

Dr. Toresdahl earned his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University before attending medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. He remained at UW for both his residency in family medicine and fellowship in primary care sports medicine.

He is a team physician for US Biathlon. He served as a physician at three Olympic Games ā€“ Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018, and Beijing 2022. He previously served as TCS New York City Marathon Medical Captain, Rugby United New York Head Team Physician, New York Cosmos Team Physician, Westchester Knicks Team Physician, UFC Orthopedic Consultant, Seattle Storm Assistant Team Physician, University of Washington Athletics Fellow Team Physician, Seattle Marathon Assistant Medical Director, and Seattle Rock ā€˜nā€™ Roll Marathon Medical Captain.

Dr. Toresdahl is active in multiple areas of sports medicine research, including running injuries, bone stress injuries, and tendinopathy. His publication on strength training in runners of the NYC Marathon was awarded the T. David Sisk Awards for Research Excellence for Best Original Research. His previous research on the incidence and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest in high school athletes was awarded the AMSSM Harry L. Galanty, MD Young Investigator's Award.

As a native of Bozeman, Montana, he enjoys staying active outdoors with his family by skiing, snowboarding, running, biking, and hiking.


Specialized Centers

Performing Arts Medicine Collaborative
HSS Center for Regenerative Medicine

Special Expertise

Exercise and sports-related injuries
Running injuries
Ski and snowboard injuries
Sports cardiology


Ultrasound-guided joint and soft tissue injections
Hyaluronic acid (gel) injections
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

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If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.



Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Research Director, Primary Sports Medicine Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College


Member, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
Member, American College of Sports Medicine
Member, American Association of Family Physicians
Member, International Institute for Race Medicine




American Board of Family Medicine
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine


New York Magazine Top Doctors 2021, 2022
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2019-2022
T. David Sisk Awards for Research Excellence for Best Original Research
NBA and GE Healthcare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration Award
Young Investigator Research Grant, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Foundation
Harry L. Galanty, MD Young Investigator's Award, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
First Place Presenter Award, University of Washington Graduate Medical Education Research Day
Resident Scholarship Award, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
James G. Jones, MD Student Health Policy Scholarship Recipient, American Academy of Family Physicians


Medical School: MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington
Internship: University of Washington Family Medicine Residency, Seattle, Washington
Residency: University of Washington Family Medicine Residency, Seattle, Washington
Fellowship: University of Washington Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Seattle, Washington

State Licensure



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Directions to The Pavilion

My office is located at The Pavilion, 541 East 71st Street. The main entrance to The Pavilion is on the north side of 71st Street underneath the sky bridge that connects the main hospital to the Belaire Building.

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Publications by Dr. Toresdahl

Selected Books/Chapters

Toresdahl BG, Drezner JA. Prevention of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. In: Casa DJ and Stearns RL (ed.) Emergency Management for Sport and Physical Activity. Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2015.

Toresdahl BG, de Mille P, Kim J, Machowsky J, Silverman M, Rodeo SA. Return to sport decision-making for endurance athletes. In: Miller TL (ed.) Endurance Sports Medicine: Evaluation and Treatment of the Endurance Athlete. Springer Books, 2016.

Asif IM, Toresdahl BG, Drezner JA. In: Casa DJ and Stearns RL (ed.) Preventing Sudden Death in Sport and Physical Activity, Second Edition. Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2017.

Selected Presentations

Toresdahl BG, Rao AL, Harmon KG, Drezner JA. Incidence of sudden cardiac arrest in high school student athletes. Heart Rhythm. 2014; 11: 1190-1194.

Fudge JR, Harmon KG, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Asif IM, Haruta A, Pelto Toresdahl BG, Asif AM, Rodeo SA, Ling DI, Chang CJ. Cardiovascular screening of Olympic athletes reported by Chief Medical Officers of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2018; 52: 1097-1100.

Toresdahl BG, Blauwet C, Chang CJ, Ling DI, Asif IM. Cardiovascular screening of Paralympic athletes reported by chief medical officers of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Br J Sports Med. 2019; 53(1):43-44.

Toresdahl BG, McElheny K, Metzl J, Ammerman B, Chang B, Kinderknecht J. A randomized study of a strength training program to prevent injuries in runners of the New York City Marathon. Sports Health. 2020; 12(1):74-79.

Toresdahl BG, Asif IM. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): considerations for the competitive athlete. Sports Health. 2020; 12(3):221-224.

Toresdahl BG, McElheny K, Metzl J, Kinderknecht J, Quijano B, Ammerman B, Fontana MA. Factors associated with injuries in first-time marathon runners from the New York City marathon. Phys Sportsmed. 2021 Mar 31:1-6. Epub ahead of print.

Toresdahl BG, Robinson JN, Kliethermes SA, Metzl JD, Dixit S, Quijano B, Fontana MA. Increased Incidence of Injury Among Runners With COVID-19. Sports Health. 2021 Dec 14. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34906009


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Toresdahl as of March 27, 2023.

  • American Board of Family Medicine - Board or Committee Member

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