Jonathan A. Drezner, MD
Professor, Family Medicine
Director, Center for Sports Cardiology

Phone: 206-598-3294
e-mail: jdrezner@uw.edu


Biographical Profile

Dr. Drezner is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Director of the Center for Sports Cardiology at the University of Washington. He is board certified in Family Medicine and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He serves as a team physician for the University of Washington Huskies and the Seattle Seahawks, and is past-President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (2012-13). He has dedicated his academic career to investigating the epidemiology and prevention of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in young athletes and the development of effective models for primary and secondary prevention.

As director of the UW Medicine Center for Sports Cardiology (www.uwsportscardiology.org), his mission is to transform the delivery of cardiovascular care in the young to promote safe physical activity and athletic participation. This integrative center is a unique collaboration between sports medicine and cardiology specialists to establish clinical and academic resources that advance the cardiovascular health and safety of active children, young adults, and competitive athletes. Dr. Drezner believes sports medicine physicians have a unique role in the health and safety of athletes, and together with cardiology specialists can provide the full spectrum of cardiovascular care for athletes. As director, he hopes to expand the clinical services available to young athletes while advancing research and education related to sports cardiology. Through advanced heart screening, improved emergency planning, scientific research, community outreach and education, the goal is to prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD).

Dr. Drezner is the founder and director of the National Registry for AED Use in Sports, and was co-chair of the 2007 Inter-Association Task Force recommendations on emergency planning for SCA in sport. The AED registry continues to be a cornerstone for monitoring the incidence and outcomes of acute cardiac events in sport and is now utilized in collaboration with the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research. Dr. Drezner also has an active role as Deputy Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) with a focus on increasing sports cardiology education within the sports and exercise medicine community, and he served on the National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute (NHLBI) advisory committee on screening for SCD in the young. He had the great honor of highlighting his scientific contributions as the opening keynote lecture on SCD prevention at the 2011 IOC World Conference on the Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport. In 2012, Dr. Drezner was chair of an international initiative to develop electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation standards and an online training course for ECG interpretation in athletes. The consensus guidelines (“Seattle criteria”) are aimed to assist physicians distinguish physiologic ECG adaptations in athletes from ECG abnormalities suggestive of a pathologic cardiac disorder. In 2015, Dr. Drezner chaired a 2nd ECG summit to revise international consensus standards for ECG interpretation in athletes and outline the recommended secondary evaluations for ECG abnormalities.

A complete list of his publications can be found at:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Drezner%20JA[Author]&cauthor=true


Teaching Interests & Roles

Dr. Drezner is Associate Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.

Education & Training

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UW Sports Medicine Fellowship 2000
Tacoma Family Medicine Residency 1999
UCLA School of Medicine M.D. 1996
Brown University B.A. 1992

Published Articles

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Why cardiovascular screening in young athletes can save lives: a critical review. Drezner JA, Harmon KG, Asif IM, Marek JC Br J Sports Med 2016
Incidence and Etiology of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Death in High School Athletes in the United States. Harmon KG, Asif IM, Maleszewski JJ, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Zigman ML, Ellenbogen R, Rao AL, Ackerman MJ, Drezner JA Mayo Clin. Proc. 2016
AMSSM Position Statement on Cardiovascular Preparticipation Screening in Athletes: Current evidence, knowledge gaps, recommendations and future directions. Drezner JA, O'Connor FG, Harmon KG, Fields KB, Asplund CA, Asif IM, Price DE, Dimeff RJ, Bernhardt DT, Roberts WO Br J Sports Med 2017
AMSSM Position Statement on Cardiovascular Preparticipation Screening in Athletes: Current Evidence, Knowledge Gaps, Recommendations and Future Directions. Drezner JA, O'Connor FG, Harmon KG, Fields KB, Asplund CA, Asif IM, Price DE, Dimeff RJ, Bernhardt DT, Roberts WO Curr Sports Med Rep
AMSSM Position Statement on Cardiovascular Preparticipation Screening in Athletes: Current Evidence, Knowledge Gaps, Recommendations, and Future Directions. Drezner JA, OʼConnor FG, Harmon KG, Fields KB, Asplund CA, Asif IM, Price DE, Dimeff RJ, Bernhardt DT, Roberts WO Clin J Sport Med 2016
Electrocardiographic Screening in National Collegiate Athletic Association Athletes. Drezner JA, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Harmon KG, Prosise S, Clark A, Asif IM Am. J. Cardiol. 2016
Interassociation consensus statement on cardiovascular care of college student-athletes. Hainline B, Drezner J, Baggish A, Harmon KG, Emery MS, Myerburg RJ, Sanchez E, Molossi S, Parsons JT, Thompson PD Br J Sports Med 2017
Interassociation Consensus Statement on Cardiovascular Care of College Student-Athletes. Hainline B, Drezner J, Baggish A, Harmon KG, Emery MS, Myerburg RJ, Sanchez E, Molossi S, Parsons JT, Thompson PD J Athl Train 2016
Interassociation Consensus Statement on Cardiovascular Care of College Student-Athletes. Hainline B, Drezner JA, Baggish A, Harmon KG, Emery MS, Myerburg RJ, Sanchez E, Molossi S, Parsons JT, Thompson PD J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2016
Novice interpretation of screening electrocardiograms and impact of online training. Porras L, Drezner J, Dotson A, Stafford H, Berkoff D, Chung EH, J Electrocardiol
Sport Safety Policy Changes: Saving Lives and Protecting Athletes. Adams WM, Casa DJ, Drezner JA J Athl Train 2016
Response to Letter Regarding Article, "Incidence, Cause, and Comparative Frequency of Sudden Cardiac Death in National Collegiate Athletic Association Athletes: A Decade in Review". Harmon KG, Asif IM, Maleszewski JJ, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Zigman ML, Ellenbogen R, Rao A, Ackerman MJ, Drezner JA Circulation 2016
Should Electrocardiograms Be Part of the Preparticipation Physical Examination? Harmon KG, Drezner JA, O'Connor FG, Asplund C, Finnoff JT PM R 2016
Cardiovascular Screening in Young Athletes: Evidence for the Electrocardiogram. Asif IM, Drezner JA Curr Sports Med Rep
Athletes with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: can they return to competitive sports? Prutkin JM, Ackerman MJ, Drezner JA Br J Sports Med 2016
Athletes with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: can they return to competitive sports? Prutkin JM, Ackerman MJ, Drezner JA Heart 2016
Death by homicide in National Collegiate Athletic Association athletes between 2003 and 2013. Rao AL, Poon S, Drezner JA, Zigman M, Asif IM, Harmon KG Br J Sports Med 2016
Sudden cardiac arrest on the football field of play--highlights for sports medicine from the European Resuscitation Council 2015 Consensus Guidelines. Kramer EB, Serratosa L, Drezner J, Dvorak J Br J Sports Med 2016
The impact of diagnosis: measuring the psychological response to being diagnosed with serious or potentially lethal cardiac disease in young competitive athletes. Asif IM, Price DE, Ewing A, Rao AL, Harmon KG, Drezner JA Br J Sports Med 2016
Suicide in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Athletes: A 9-Year Analysis of the NCAA Resolutions Database. Rao AL, Asif IM, Drezner JA, Toresdahl BG, Harmon KG Sports Health
Sudden cardiac arrest in sports - need for uniform registration: A Position Paper from the Sport Cardiology Section of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. Solberg EE, Borjesson M, Sharma S, Papadakis M, Wilhelm M, Drezner JA, Harmon KG, Alonso JM, Heidbuchel H, Dugmore D, Panhuyzen-Goedkoop NM, Mellwig KP, Carre F, Rasmusen H, Niebauer J, Behr ER, Thiene G, Sheppard MN, Basso C, Corrado D, Eur J Prev Cardiol 2016
Incidence, Cause, and Comparative Frequency of Sudden Cardiac Death in National Collegiate Athletic Association Athletes: A Decade in Review. Harmon KG, Asif IM, Maleszewski JJ, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Zigman ML, Ellenbogen R, Rao AL, Ackerman MJ, Drezner JA Circulation 2015
Cardiovascular screening for young athletes. Harmon KG, Drezner JA JAMA 2015
BJSM education to improve your ECG reading skills. Pluim BM, Drezner JA Br J Sports Med 2015
The effectiveness of screening history, physical exam, and ECG to detect potentially lethal cardiac disorders in athletes: a systematic review/meta-analysis. Harmon KG, Zigman M, Drezner JA J Electrocardiol
Stages of psychological impact after diagnosis with serious or potentially lethal cardiac disease in young competitive athletes: a new model. Asif IM, Price D, Fisher LA, Zakrajsek RA, Larsen LK, Raabe JJ, Bejar MP, Rao AL, Harmon KG, Drezner JA J Electrocardiol
The Psychological Impact of Cardiovascular Screening in Young Athletes: Perspectives Across Age, Race, and Gender. Asif IM, Price D, Harmon KG, Salerno JC, Rao AL, Drezner JA Clin J Sport Med 2015
Acute injuries in track and field athletes: a 3-year observational study at the Penn Relays Carnival with epidemiology and medical coverage implications. Opar D, Drezner J, Shield A, Williams M, Webner D, Sennett B, Kapur R, Cohen M, Ulager J, Cafengiu A, Cronholm PF Am J Sports Med 2015
Comparison of three current sets of electrocardiographic interpretation criteria for use in screening athletes. Riding NR, Sheikh N, Adamuz C, Watt V, Farooq A, Whyte GP, George KP, Drezner JA, Sharma S, Wilson MG Heart 2015
Incidence of sudden cardiac death in athletes: a state-of-the-art review. Harmon KG, Drezner JA, Wilson MG, Sharma S Heart 2014
Evaluation and management of wolff-Parkinson-white in athletes. Rao AL, Salerno JC, Asif IM, Drezner JA Sports Health 2014
Incidence of sudden cardiac death in athletes: a state-of-the-art review. Harmon KG, Drezner JA, Wilson MG, Sharma S Br J Sports Med 2014
Cardiovascular screening in adolescents and young adults: a prospective study comparing the Pre-participation Physical Evaluation Monograph 4th Edition and ECG. Fudge J, Harmon KG, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Asif IM, Haruta A, Pelto H, Rao AL, Toresdahl BG, Drezner JA Br J Sports Med 2014
The psychological impact of cardiovascular screening: the athlete's perspective. Asif IM, Johnson S, Schmieg J, Smith T, Rao AL, Harmon KG, Salerno JC, Drezner JA Br J Sports Med 2014
Incidence of sudden cardiac arrest in high school student athletes on school campus. Toresdahl BG, Rao AL, Harmon KG, Drezner JA Heart Rhythm 2014
Standardised criteria improve accuracy of ECG interpretation in competitive athletes: a randomised controlled trial. Exeter DJ, Elley CR, Fulcher ML, Lee AC, Drezner JA, Asif IM Br J Sports Med 2014
Acute hamstring strain injury in track-and-field athletes: A 3-year observational study at the Penn Relay Carnival. Opar DA, Drezner J, Shield A, Williams M, Webner D, Sennett B, Kapur R, Cohen M, Ulager J, Cafengiu A, Cronholm PF Scand J Med Sci Sports 2014
Electrocardiography-inclusive screening strategies for detection of cardiovascular abnormalities in high school athletes. Price DE, McWilliams A, Asif IM, Martin A, Elliott SD, Dulin M, Drezner JA Heart Rhythm 2014
Incidence of sudden cardiac arrest in Minnesota high school student athletes: the limitations of catastrophic insurance claims. Drezner JA, Harmon KG, Marek JC J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2014
The preparticipation physical evaluation: an analysis of clinical practice. Madsen NL, Drezner JA, Salerno JC Clin J Sport Med 2014
Outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest in US high schools: a 2-year prospective study from the National Registry for AED Use in Sports. Drezner JA, Toresdahl BG, Rao AL, Huszti E, Harmon KG Br J Sports Med 2013
High school automated external defibrillator programs as markers of emergency preparedness for sudden cardiac arrest. Toresdahl BG, Harmon KG, Drezner JA J Athl Train
Electrocardiographic findings suggestive of cardiomyopathy: what to look for and what to do next. Pelto H, Owens D, Drezner J Curr Sports Med Rep
Abnormal electrocardiographic findings in athletes: recognising changes suggestive of primary electrical disease. Drezner JA, Ackerman MJ, Cannon BC, Corrado D, Heidbuchel H, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Anderson J, Ashley E, Asplund CA, Baggish AL, Börjesson M, DiFiori JP, Fischbach P, Froelicher V, Harmon KG, Marek J, Owens DS, Paul S, Pelliccia A, Schmied CM, Sharma S, Stein R, Vetter VL, Wilson MG Br J Sports Med 2013
Abnormal electrocardiographic findings in athletes: recognising changes suggestive of cardiomyopathy. Drezner JA, Ashley E, Baggish AL, Börjesson M, Corrado D, Owens DS, Patel A, Pelliccia A, Vetter VL, Ackerman MJ, Anderson J, Asplund CA, Cannon BC, DiFiori J, Fischbach P, Froelicher V, Harmon KG, Heidbuchel H, Marek J, Paul S, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Schmied CM, Sharma S, Stein R, Wilson M Br J Sports Med 2013
Normal electrocardiographic findings: recognising physiological adaptations in athletes. Drezner JA, Fischbach P, Froelicher V, Marek J, Pelliccia A, Prutkin JM, Schmied CM, Sharma S, Wilson MG, Ackerman MJ, Anderson J, Ashley E, Asplund CA, Baggish AL, Börjesson M, Cannon BC, Corrado D, DiFiori JP, Harmon KG, Heidbuchel H, Owens DS, Paul S, Salerno JC, Stein R, Vetter VL Br J Sports Med 2013
Electrocardiographic interpretation in athletes: the 'Seattle criteria'. Drezner JA, Ackerman MJ, Anderson J, Ashley E, Asplund CA, Baggish AL, Börjesson M, Cannon BC, Corrado D, DiFiori JP, Fischbach P, Froelicher V, Harmon KG, Heidbuchel H, Marek J, Owens DS, Paul S, Pelliccia A, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Schmied CM, Sharma S, Stein R, Vetter VL, Wilson MG Br J Sports Med 2013
Reframing the debate: Screening athletes to prevent sudden cardiac death. Drezner JA, Levine BD, Vetter VL Heart Rhythm 2013
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine position statement: concussion in sport. Harmon KG, Drezner J, Gammons M, Guskiewicz K, Halstead M, Herring S, Kutcher J, Pana A, Putukian M, Roberts W, Clin J Sport Med 2013
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine position statement: concussion in sport. Harmon KG, Drezner JA, Gammons M, Guskiewicz KM, Halstead M, Herring SA, Kutcher JS, Pana A, Putukian M, Roberts WO Br J Sports Med 2013
Emergency cardiac care in the athletic setting: from schools to the Olympics. Toresdahl B, Courson R, Börjesson M, Sharma S, Drezner J Br J Sports Med 2012
Incidence, causes, and survival trends from cardiovascular-related sudden cardiac arrest in children and young adults 0 to 35 years of age: a 30-year review. Meyer L, Stubbs B, Fahrenbruch C, Maeda C, Harmon K, Eisenberg M, Drezner J Circulation 2012
Electrocardiogram interpretation in the athlete. Williams ES, Owens DS, Drezner JA, Prutkin JM Herzschrittmacherther Elektrophysiol 2012
Warning symptoms and family history in children and young adults with sudden cardiac arrest. Drezner JA, Fudge J, Harmon KG, Berger S, Campbell RM, Vetter VL J Am Board Fam Med
Sickle cell trait associated with a RR of death of 37 times in National Collegiate Athletic Association football athletes: a database with 2 million athlete-years as the denominator. Harmon KG, Drezner JA, Klossner D, Asif IM Br J Sports Med 2012
Accuracy of ECG interpretation in competitive athletes: the impact of using standised ECG criteria. Drezner JA, Asif IM, Owens DS, Prutkin JM, Salerno JC, Fean R, Rao AL, Stout K, Harmon KG Br J Sports Med 2012
Automated external defibrillators in health and fitness facilities. Drezner JA, Asif IM, Harmon KG Phys Sportsmed 2011
Incidence of sudden cardiac death in National Collegiate Athletic Association athletes. Harmon KG, Asif IM, Klossner D, Drezner JA Circulation 2011
Is there evidence for recommending electrocardiogram as part of the pre-participation examination? Drezner J, Corrado D Clin J Sport Med 2011
Automated external defibrillator use at NCAA Division II and III universities. Drezner JA, Rogers KJ, Horneff JG Br J Sports Med 2011
Cerebral microhemorrhages in a collegiate football player: clinical implications in the management of sports concussion. Asif IM, Harmon KG, Drezner JA, O'Kane JW Sports Health 2010
Expert opinion and controversies in musculoskeletal and sports medicine: preventing sudden cardiac death in young athletes. Rao AL, Standaert CJ, Drezner JA, Herring SA Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2010
Current controversies in the cardiovascular screening of athletes. Drezner J, Berger S, Campbell R Curr Sports Med Rep
Preparing for sudden cardiac arrest--the essential role of automated external defibrillators in athletic medicine: a critical review. Drezner JA Br J Sports Med 2009
Prevention of sudden cardiac death in athletes: new data and modern perspectives confront challenges in the 21st century. Drezner J, Pluim B, Engebretsen L Br J Sports Med 2009
Effectiveness of emergency response planning for sudden cardiac arrest in United States high schools with automated external defibrillators. Drezner JA, Rao AL, Heistand J, Bloomingdale MK, Harmon KG Circulation 2009
Contemporary approaches to the identification of athletes at risk for sudden cardiac death. Drezner JA Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2008
Survival trends in the United States following exercise-related sudden cardiac arrest in the youth: 2000-2006. Drezner JA, Chun JS, Harmon KG, Derminer L Heart Rhythm 2008
Inter Association Task Force recommendations on emergency preparedness and management of sudden cardiac arrest in high school and college athletic programs: a consensus statement. Drezner JA, Courson RW, Roberts WO, Mosesso VN, Link MS, Maron BJ, Prehosp Emerg Care
Inter-association Task Force recommendations on emergency preparedness and management of sudden cardiac arrest in high school and college athletic programs: a consensus statement. Drezner JA, Courson RW, Roberts WO, Mosesso VN, Link MS, Maron BJ J Athl Train
Update on sideline and event preparation for management of sudden cardiac arrest in athletes. Harmon KG, Drezner JA Curr Sports Med Rep 2007
Inter-association task force recommendations on emergency preparedness and management of sudden cardiac arrest in high school and college athletic programs: a consensus statement. Drezner JA, Courson RW, Roberts WO, Mosesso VN, Link MS, Maron BJ Clin J Sport Med 2007
Inter-association task force recommendations on emergency preparedness and management of sudden cardiac arrest in high school and college athletic programs: a consensus statement. Drezner JA, Courson RW, Roberts WO, Mosesso VN, Link MS, Maron BJ, Heart Rhythm 2007
Automated external defibrillators in Washington State high schools. Rothmier JD, Drezner JA, Harmon KG Br J Sports Med 2007
Sudden cardiac arrest in intercollegiate athletes: detailed analysis and outcomes of resuscitation in nine cases. Drezner JA, Rogers KJ Heart Rhythm 2006
Practical management: nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) use in athletic injuries. Mehallo CJ, Drezner JA, Bytomski JR Clin J Sport Med 2006
Use of automated external defibrillators at NCAA Division I universities. Drezner JA, Rogers KJ, Zimmer RR, Sennett BJ Med Sci Sports Exerc 2005
Practical guidelines for automated external defibrillators in the athletic setting. Drezner JA Clin J Sport Med 2005
Is teething in infants associated with fever or other symptoms? Frank J, Drezner J J Fam Pract 2001
Sudden cardiac death in young athletes. Causes, athlete's heart, and screening guidelines. Drezner JA Postgrad Med 2000