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Brett G. Toresdahl, MD


Primary Care Sports Medicine
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Brett G. Toresdahl, MD


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 Care 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 BiathlonWestchester Knicks (NBA G-League), and New York Cosmos as well as an Orthopedic Consultant for UFC. He has served as a physician at two Olympic Games – at the 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 the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games as a medical staff member for Team USA. He previously served as Seattle Storm (WNBA) Assistant Team Physician, University of Washington Athletics Fellow Team Physician, 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 cardiovascular screening in athletes, marathon running injuries, and patellar tendinopathy. He is the principal investigator for a $300,000 grant from the NBA and GE Healthcare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration and an AMSSM Foundation Young Investigator Research Grant. 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 and the University of Washington Graduate Medical Education Research Day First Place Presenter Award.

Having grown up in Bozeman, Montana, he enjoys staying active outdoors with his family by skiing, snowboarding, running, biking, and hiking.

Back in the Game Patient Stories

Appointments

Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Research Director, Primary Care 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, 2012
James G. Jones, MD Student Health Policy Scholarship Recipient, American Academy of Family Physicians, 2010

Affiliations

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

Languages

English

Insurance Information

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO HMO POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway
Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathway Enhanced
Cigna
Connecticare
Emblem Selectcare
HIP
Medicare
Oxford
Oxford Medicare
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Compass

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

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

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 Publications

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.

Toresdahl BG, Harmon KG, Drezner JA. High school automated external defibrillator programs as markers of emergency preparedness for sudden cardiac arrest. Journal of Athletic Training. 2013; 48: 242-247.

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, 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 HF, Rao AL, Toresdahl BG, Drezner JA. Cardiovascular screening in adolescents and young adults: a prospective study comparing the Pre-participation Physical Evaluation Monograph 4th Edition and electrocardiogram. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014; 48: 1172-1178.

O'Kane JW, Toresdahl BG. The evidenced-based shoulder evaluation. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2014; 13(5): 307-13.

Drezner JA, Harmon KG, Toresdahl BG. Reply to the editor--Incidence of sudden cardiac death in high school athletes: implications for cardiovascular screening. Heart Rhythm. 2014; 11(12): e200-1.

Rao AL, Asif IM, Drezner JA, Toresdahl BG, Harmon KG. Suicide in National Collegiate Athletic Association athletes: a nine-year analysis of the NCAA resolutions database. Sports Health. 2015; 7: 452-457.

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

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. Kim S, Asif IM, Chang CJ. Sports cardiology and the Paralympic athlete. Aspetar. (In press)

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

Exploring the Medicine of Exercise: Exercise and Metabolic Syndrome. Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, 2015.

Effectiveness of cardiac screening inclusive of ECG in young athletes. International Olympic Committee World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport, Monaco, 2014.

Effectiveness of cardiac screening inclusive of ECG in young athletes. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2014.

Ski and snowboard injuries: prevalence and prevention. University of Washington Sports Medicine Grand Rounds, Seattle, WA, 2014.

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.

Incidence and outcomes of sudden cardiac arrest in high schools. University of Washington Graduate Medical Education Research Day, Seattle, WA, 2013.

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.

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

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.

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

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.