Dr. Drezner is board certified in Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.
He received a degree in biomedical ethics from Brown University and his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Tacoma Family Medicine, was Chief Resident and received the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teacher Award. He completed a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine and a fellowship in Faculty Development at the University of Washington. He has twice been honored with the Faculty Teaching Award from the University of Washington Family Practice Residency Program (2001, 2006).
Dr. Drezner spent three years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Family Practice & Community Medicine. He served as Team Physician for the University of Pennsylvania and was Medical Director for the Penn Relays Carnival. His clinical interests include the management of both medical and musculoskeletal problems as they relate to sports and exercise. In 2003 he was honored with the Patient Care Award from the University of Pennsylvania Family Practice Residency Program.
Dr. Drezner is currently an Associate Professor and residency faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington, and Associate Director of the Hall Health Sports Medicine Fellowship. He is responsible for the orthopedic and sports medicine curriculum within the Family Medicine Residency. He also serves as Team Physician for the University of Washington Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
His principal research is on the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the athletic setting, emergency preparedness for sudden cardiac arrest, and the secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. His research has attracted national attention from the sports medicine, athletic training, and cardiology communities, and has the potential to influence public safety at sporting events and the way we resuscitate young athletes on the athletic field. Through support from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), he developed the National Registry for AED Use in Sports, a web-based registry, questionnaire, and database management system to prospectively monitor emergency planning and the effectiveness of early defibrillation and AED utilization in the athletic setting. Dr. Drezner is currently studying emergency preparedness and AED utilization in high schools and colleges nationally through a grant from the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). In addition, Dr. Drezner was Co-Chair and lead author of an Inter-Association Task Force, sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), which developed Recommendations for Emergency Preparedness and Management of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in High School and College Athletic Programs.
Dr. Drezner was an invited speaker at several national conferences, including the Penn Cardiology Update (2005), the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Annual Meeting (2005, 2007), the NATA Annual Meeting (2005, 2007), the first Summit on Commotio Cordis sponsored by the NCAA (2005), the first Summit on Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes sponsored by the University of Mississippi Division of Cardiology (2006). Dr. Drezner is on the Editorial Board for the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, has published 21 refereed articles, and authored the chapter on Sports Medicine for the latest edition of the Textbook of Family Medicine (Editor: Rakel). He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and was elected to the AMSSM Board of Directors and is Chair of the AMSSM Research Committee. Dr. Drezner is also on the Medical/Scientific Advisory Boards for Parent Heart Watch, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, and Heart Screen America.