Brett G. Toresdahl, MD

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.

Dr. Toresdahl is a Team Physician for U.S. Biathlon and the Westchester Knicks NBA D-League Team. 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. He was also a sports medicine volunteer physician in the Olympic Village Polyclinic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he cared for athletes from dozens of countries.

He is researching cardiovascular screening in collegiate and Olympic athletes, patellar tendon injuries in elite basketball players, immunizations in professional athletes, and stress fractures in runners for which he received the 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 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine 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.

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

Acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries
Sports cardiology
Ultrasound-guided joint and soft tissue injections
Sports team and event coverage
Ski and snowboard injuries

Procedures

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

Awards

Young Investigator Research Grant, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Foundation, 2016
Harry L. Galanty, MD Young Investigator's Award, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, 2013
First Place Presenter Award, University of Washington Graduate Medical Education Research Day, 2013
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 Association of Family Physicians

Insurances Accepted

Aetna
Affinity Access
Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
Cigna
Medicare
Oxford
United Healthcare

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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 Publications

Rao AL, Asif IM, Drezner JA, Toresdahl BG, Harmon KG. Suicide in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Athletes: A 9-Year Analysis of the NCAA Resolutions Database. Sports Health. 2015 Sep-Oct; 7(5):452-7.

O'Kane JW, Toresdahl BG. The evidenced-based shoulder evaluation. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 2014 Sep-Oct; 13(5):307-13.

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.

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, 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.

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 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. Joes & Bartlett Learning, 2015.

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.

Research Interests

Sports cardiology
Emergency planning in sports
Pre-participation evaluation
Stress fractures in runners
Knee osteoarthritis

 

Contact Information

Office Locations

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

Tel: 212.774.2216
Fax: 212.774.2850

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021

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