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Brett G. Toresdahl, MD


Primary Sports Medicine
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Brett G. Toresdahl, MD

Primary Sports Medicine
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East River Professional Building
Ground Floor
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.774.2216
Fax: 212.774.2850
East River Professional Building
Ground Floor
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.774.2216
Fax: 212.774.2850

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 and Rugby United New York as well as an Orthopedic Consultant for UFC and on the medical staff for Invesco Series QQQ Tennis. He served as a physician at two Olympic Games – at Rio 2016 Olympic Games as a sports medicine volunteer physician in the Olympic Village Polyclinic where he cared for athletes from dozens of countries and at PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games as a medical staff member for Team USA. He previously served as Westchester Knicks Team Physician, New York Cosmos Team Physician, Seattle Storm Assistant Team Physician, University of Washington Athletics Fellow Team Physician, TCS New York City Marathon Medical Captain, Seattle Marathon Assistant Medical Director, and Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Medical Captain.

Dr. Toresdahl is active in multiple areas of sports medicine research, including bone stress injuries, running injuries, cardiovascular screening in athletes, and tendinopathy. He is the principal investigator for a grant from the NBA and GE Healthcare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. 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.

Patient Stories

Appointments

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

Specialty

Special Expertise

Exercise and sports-related injuries
Ultrasound-guided joint and soft tissue injections
Running injuries
Ski and snowboard injuries
Sports cardiology

Procedures

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

Awards

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

Affiliations

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

Languages

English

Insurance Information


Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. You may have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits.

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.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Toresdahl as of November 22, 2019.

  • GE Healthcare- Research Support

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.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

Dr. Toresdahl in the News

Education

Doctor of Medicine, 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

Certification

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

State Licensure

New York

Blog Posts by Dr. Toresdahl

Selected Books by Dr. Toresdahl

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.

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.

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.

Selected Publications

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. 2019 (Epub ahead of print).

McElheny K, Toresdahl B, Ling D, Mages K, Asif I. Comparative Effectiveness of Alternative Dosing Regimens of Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review. Sports Health. 2019 Sep/Oct;11(5):461-466.

Soligard S, Palmer D, Steffen K, Lopes AD, Grant ME, Kim DS, Lee SY, Salmina N, Toresdahl BG, Chang JY, Budgett R, Engebretsen L. Sports injury and illness incidence in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games: a prospective study of 2914 athletes from 92 countries. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2019 Sep;53(17):1085-1092.

Conway JJ, Curriero FC, Camp CL, Toresdahl BG, Coleman S, Kinderknecht JJ. Time out of play due to illness in major and minor league baseball. Clin J Sport Med. 2019 (Epub ahead of print).

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.

Conway JJ, Toresdahl BG, Asplund CA, Asif IM. Preparticipation cardiovascular screening: an infrastructure assessment in collegiate athletics. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 2018 (Epub ahead of print).

Toresdahl BG, Kim S, Asif IM, Chang CJ. Sports cardiology and the Paralympic athlete. Aspetar. 2018; 7(17): 150-155.

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.

Conway JJ, Toresdahl BG, Ling DI, Boniquit NT, Callahan LR, Kinderknecht JJ. Prevalence of inadequate immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella in MLB and NBA athletes. Sports Health. 2018; 10: 406-411.

Toresdahl BG, Chang CJ, Confino J, Asif IM. Cardiovascular screening practices in US National Governing Bodies and National Paralympic Committees. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017; 51: 1639-1640. 

Toresdahl BG, Asif IM. Update on Zika virus: considerations for the traveling athlete. Sports Health. 2016; 8: 438-443.

Fudge JR, Harmon KG, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Asif IM, Haruta A, Pelto 
O'Kane JW, Toresdahl BG. The evidenced-based shoulder evaluation. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 2014; 13(5): 307-13. 

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

Drezner JA, Toresdahl BG, Rao AL, Huszti E, Harmon KG. Outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest in U.S. high schools: a 2-year prospective study from the National Registry for AED Use in Sports. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2013; 47: 1179-83.

Toresdahl BG, Courson RW, Börjesson M, Sharma S, Drezner JA. Emergency cardiac care in the athletic setting: from schools to the Olympics. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2012; 46 Suppl 1: i85-i89.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

Toresdahl BG, McElheny K, Fontana MA, Metzl JD, Ammerman B, Kinderknecht JJ. “Risk factors associated with injuries in first-time marathon runners: a 12-week prospective study.” American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, 2019.

Toresdahl BG. “Cardiac Screening in Athletes.” International Biathlon Union Team Physician Meeting, Vienna, Austria, 2017.

Toresdahl BG, Pelto HF, Fudge JR, Harmon KG, Rao AL, Asif IM, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Drezner JD. “Effectiveness of cardiac screening inclusive of ECG in young athletes.” American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2014.

Toresdahl BG, O’Kane JW, Hager NA, Gee AO. “Not ‘just a stinger’: a high school football player with persistent shoulder weakness.” American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2014.

Toresdahl BG, Pelto HF, Fudge JR, Harmon KG, Rao AL, Asif IM, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Drezner JD. “Effectiveness of cardiac screening inclusive of ECG in young athletes.” International Olympic Committee World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport, Monaco, 2014.

Toresdahl BG, Harmon KG, Rao AL, Drezner JA. “Incidence of sudden cardiac arrest in high schools: a prospective study from the National Registry for AED Use in Sports.” American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2013.

Toresdahl BG. “Incidence of SCA in high school students and student-athletes.” Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death in the Young, Seattle, WA, 2013.

Toresdahl BG, Drezner JA, Rao AL, Harmon KG. “Outcomes of sudden cardiac arrest in U.S. high schools: a prospective study from the National Registry for AED Use in Sports.” American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, 2011.

Toresdahl BG. “Emergency planning and AED effectiveness in schools.” Parent Heart Watch Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2011.

Toresdahl BG, Drezner JA, Harmon KG. “Automated external defibrillators in United States high schools as a marker of emergency preparedness for sudden cardiac arrest.” American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Cancun, MX, 2010.

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Directions to The Pavilion

As of 4/9, my office will be located at The Pavilion at 541 East 71st St, 1st floor. All appointments after this date will take place at this new location.

Pavilion map 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. Please see directions from other HSS locations:

  • From the Main Hospital (535 East 70th St):
    Enter the Hospital lobby and take the West elevators to the 2nd Floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn right and continue down the hallway and over the sky bridge. Once across the sky bridge, you will see a set of elevators on your left. Take the elevator to my office.
  • From the Belaire Building Main Entrance (525 East 71st St):
    Enter the Belaire lobby and take the front elevators to the 2nd Floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn left and follow the hallway around until you see another set of elevators on your right. Take the elevator to my office.
  • From the Belaire Building 72nd Street Entrance (524 East 72nd St):
    Enter the Belaire building and walk down the stairs. Follow the hallway around, past the first set of elevators on your left. Continue down the hall and past the windows until you see another set of elevators on your right. Take the elevator to my office.