About Us

Our core purpose is to provide balanced information about the benefits and risks of sports and recreational activities in order to inform the important health decisions athletes, parents, coaches and health professionals make every day.

We believe that sports make a lasting, positive contribution to each participant’s physical, mental, social and emotional health. We also know that the sports and activities we love have risks.

As an international education, advocacy and research organization established through one of the world’s leading medical and research centers, we are devoted to helping people pursue an active lifestyle while providing tools to keep them safe and to speed healing after illness or injury.

The work of our Institute helps shape the best practices for safety across all sports and for participants worldwide.

Our People

Institute Leadership


Stanley A. Herring

M.D., Director

Dr. Herring is a UW clinical professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and Neurological Surgery.

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Stanley A. Herring

M.D., Director

Dr. Herring is a UW clinical professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and Neurological Surgery. He is medical director of Sports, Spine and Orthopedic Health for UW Medicine and co-medical director of the Sports Concussion Program, a partnership between UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s. Herring holds the Zackery Lystedt Sports Concussion Endowed Professorship. He specializes in non-operative musculoskeletal and sports medicine, with a particular interest in disorders of the spine and sports concussion. Herring is transitioning from his long-time role as a team physician for the Seattle Seahawks, and continues as a team physician for the Seattle Mariners and as a consultant to the UW Sports Medicine Program. He was a major contributor to the successful passage of the Zackery Lystedt Law in Washington state. His continued work helped pass similar legislation in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.


Colin Nelson

Editorial Director

Mr. Nelson joined the Institute and the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington in January 2016.

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Colin Nelson

Editorial Director

Mr. Nelson joined the Institute and the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington in January 2016. He is an award-winning journalist and editor dedicated to helping people make informed decisions about their health. Prior to joining the Institute, Nelson served for nearly a decade as senior research associate at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, where he oversaw a portfolio of shared decision-making programs in orthopaedics, spine care and cardiovascular medicine. He is associate editor of The BackLetter and past editor of Sports Medicine Digest. Nelson also served as a director of the American Joint Replacement Registry and chair of its Public Advisory Board. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College.

Governance

Internal Advisory Board


Richard Ellenbogen

M.D., Chair

Dr. Ellenbogen is a UW professor and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery.

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Richard Ellenbogen

M.D., Chair

Dr. Ellenbogen is a UW professor and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UW Medicine and attending surgeon at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s and University of Washington Medical Center. He previously served in the U.S. Army as chief of the Department of Neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, was deployed with the 18th Airborne Corps during Desert Storm and was awarded a Bronze Star for his service to soldiers with traumatic brain injury (TBI). He is a principal investigator on an Allen Brain Foundation grant studying the long-term cognitive and health effects of TBI. He is the volunteer co-director of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Medical Committee. In that capacity, he has advocated for health- and safety-related rules changes, sideline concussion diagnosis and management protocols and youth concussion protection laws in all 50 states.


Howard Chansky

M.D.

Dr. Chansky is a UW professor and the chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.

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Howard Chansky

M.D.

Dr. Chansky is a UW professor and the chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. In addition to general orthopaedic surgery, he specializes in total joint replacement and is the holder of the Hansjöerg Wyss Endowed Chair for Advanced Hip and Pelvis Surgery. Chansky conducts research in the biology of orthopaedic tumors and on animal models of arthritis. He has also studied the potential benefits of using testosterone supplementation to help older patients recover from total joint surgery.


Peter Esselman

M.D.

Dr. Esselman is a UW professor and chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and chief of rehabilitation medicine at Harborview Medical Center.

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Peter Esselman

M.D.

Dr. Esselman is a UW professor and chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and chief of rehabilitation medicine at Harborview Medical Center. His clinical interests include the rehabilitation of individuals after traumatic injuries with a focus on traumatic brain injury and burn injuries.


David Greene

M.B.A.

Mr. Green serves as the chief financial officer for the Dean’s Office at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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David Greene

M.B.A.

Mr. Green serves as the chief financial officer for the Dean’s Office at the University of Washington School of Medicine.


Marilyn Hall

M.B.A

Ms. Hall serves as director of finance and administration for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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Marilyn Hall

M.B.A

Ms. Hall serves as director of finance and administration for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.


Paul Hayes

R.N.

Mr. Hayes serves as the executive director of Harborview Medical Center.

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Paul Hayes

R.N.

Mr. Hayes serves as the executive director of Harborview Medical Center. In this role, Hayes oversees business development, operations, employee relations and collaboration with medical staff. Hayes focuses on developing innovative models of collaboration with the community, in keeping with Harborview’s core mission of providing healthcare for the most vulnerable residents of King County. Harborview is the only designated Level I adult and pediatric trauma and burn center in the state of Washington and serves as the regional trauma and burn referral center for Alaska, Montana and Idaho.


Kenneth Karbowski

M.P.H.

Mr. Karbowski serves as director of the UW Department of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

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Kenneth Karbowski

M.P.H.

Mr. Karbowski serves as director of the UW Department of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. In his role, Mr. Karbowski oversees all financial and administrative functions within the Department, comprising over 150 combined physician and research faculty, residents, fellows, and administrative staff, and representing an annual budget in excess of $50 million. Mr. Karbowski holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Michigan.


Randy Mann

Mr. Mann serves as associate vice president, Campaign, for UW Medicine Advancement.

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Randy Mann

Mr. Mann serves as associate vice president, Campaign, for UW Medicine Advancement. In this role, Mann provides strategic direction to the overall planning and implementation of UW Medicine’s portion of the University-wide fundraising campaign. He also leads three fundraising teams that focus their efforts on generating philanthropic support for the neurosciences, the UW Department of Medicine and all entities within the UW Medicine health system.


Jana Pettit

M.B.A.

Ms. Pettit serves as director of administration and finance in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Neurology, as well as the UW Medicine Neurosciences Institute.

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Jana Pettit

M.B.A.

Ms. Pettit serves as director of administration and finance in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Neurology, as well as the UW Medicine Neurosciences Institute. She is a strategic-minded leader with a track record of leading successful turnarounds and business growth. In her current role, she directs two teams and oversees each department’s operations, finances, and administration, ultimately ensuring each department has the resources and support necessary to meet its clinical, research and teaching goals. For the Neurosciences Institute, Ms. Pettit partners with the director and co-director to carry out the administrative responsibilities required to implement their vision, including developing business plans and communicating initiatives. She is also responsible for the measurement of financial and programmatic performance against stated milestones and goals.

External Advisory Board


Jeff Miller

J.D.

Mr. Miller serves as senior vice president of health and safety policy for the National Football League.

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Jeff Miller

J.D.

Mr. Miller serves as senior vice president of health and safety for the National Football League. He oversees the NFL’s player health and safety programs, scientific research and youth football programs, and previously served as head of the NFL’s Washington office. With brain injury and concussion such an important issue, and in football in particular, the NFL has teamed up with GE and Under Armour to promote some of the most innovative thinking on protecting against and diagnosing concussions. The ‘Head Health Challenge’ is part of the NFL’s efforts to not only improve the safety of both professional and young players of the sport, but to advance the science and technology around preventing brain injuries.


William J. Moreau

D.C., D.A.C.B.S.P., C.S.C.S.

Dr. Moreau is a chiropractic physician and evidence-based sports medicine clinician who began work at the United States Olympic Committee as the director of clinics in 2009 after more than 25 years of private practice.

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William J. Moreau

D.C., D.A.C.B.S.P., C.S.C.S.

Dr. Moreau is a chiropractic physician and evidence-based sports medicine clinician who began work at the United States Olympic Committee as the director of clinics in 2009 after more than 25 years of private practice. He was promoted to his current role as USOC managing director of sports medicine in May 2012. In his current role, he oversees the organization’s sports medicine activities – including providing medical care to U.S. athletes at the Olympic Games and flagship U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado – and the USOC’s National Medical Network.


Martin Raftery

M.B.B.S., F.A.C.S.P.

Dr. Raftery serves as chief medical officer of World Rugby. Prior to this appointment, he was chief medical officer of the Australian Rugby Union.

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Martin Raftery

M.B.B.S., F.A.C.S.P.

Dr. Raftery serves as chief medical officer of World Rugby. Prior to this appointment, he was chief medical officer of the Australian Rugby Union. Raftery provides injury prevention consultancy advice to teams within the Rugby Union, Rugby League and Australian Football. A fellowship trained sports medicine physician, Raftery leads the World Rugby Research Strategy to provide structure and support to the identification and implementation of World Rugby research priorities.


Michael Turner

M.B.B.S., M.D.

Dr. Michael Turner is the medical director of the International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation (ICHIRF).

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Michael Turner

M.B.B.S., M.D.

Dr. Michael Turner is the medical director of the International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation (ICHIRF). In this role, Turner oversees the Concussion in Sport research program, an international multi-sport study into concussion aiming to determine if there are long-term effects of concussion for retired athletes. In addition to his role at ICHIRF, Turner serves as medical advisor to several international sports commissions, including skiing, lawn tennis and horseracing.


Judith N. Wasserheit

M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Wasserheit is a UW professor of medicine and global health and William H. Foege Endowed Chair of the Department of Global Health.

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Judith N. Wasserheit

M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Wasserheit is a UW professor of medicine and global health and William H. Foege Endowed Chair of the Department of Global Health. She is also an affiliate investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She was formerly the director of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, a global clinical trials platform linking 28 sites on four continents in evaluating preventive HIV vaccines; led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national sexually transmitted disease prevention program for almost a decade; and was the founding chief of the National Institute of Health’s Sexually Transmitted Diseases research branch. She has had extensive experience in STD and HIV research, policy development, and program implementation both in the United States and in developing countries.

Editorial

Advisory Board


Samuel R. Browd

M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Hydrocephalus Program, and Medical Director, Sports Concussion Program, Seatttle Children’s; Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington
Seattle
Washington

 


Cordelia W. Carter

M.D.

Assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven
Connecticut


Douglas J. Casa

Ph.D., A.T.C.

Chief executive officer, Korey Stringer Institute; Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut
Storrs
Connecticut


David B. Coppel

Ph.D.

Director of neuropsychological services and research, UW Medicine Sports Concussion Program; Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington
Seattle
Washington


John A. Hawley

Ph.D.

Director, Centre for Exercise and Nutrition, Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
Australian Catholic University
Melbourne
Australia


W. Ben Kibler

M.D.

Medical director, Shoulder Center of Kentucky, Lexington Clinic
Lexington
Kentucky


Jon Patricios

M.D.

Director, Morningside Sports Medicine and Waterfall Sports Orthopaedic Surgery, Johannesburg; Director, Sports Concussion South Africa; Extraordinary lecturer in sports medicine, University of Pretoria
South Africa


Margot Putukian

M.D.

Director of athletic medicine, Head team physician, Assistant director of medical services, Princeton University, Princeton; Associate professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick
New Jersey


Amy P. Powell

M.D.

Team physician; Associate professor, Department of Orthopaedics; Adjunct associate professor, Department of Medicine
University of Utah
Salt Lake City
Utah


Frederick P. Rivara

M.D., M.P.H.

Seattle Children’s Guild Endowed Chair in Pediatrics; Professor and vice chair, Department of Pediatrics; Core faculty, Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, University of Washington
Seattle
Washington


Robert Sallis

M.D.

Co-director, Sports Medicine Fellowship, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Fontana; Clinical professor of family medicine, UC Riverside School of Medicine
California

Our Funding

To date, the Institute has raised $10.5 million in gifts and pledges. A private gift of $2 million from a Seattle-area family—matched with $1 million from the University of Washington—created a $3 million endowment for a research chair. Donations from numerous individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations, including a $2.5 million pledge from the NFL Foundation, make up the remaining $7.5 million in funding.

These donors support the Institute’s advocacy for safer sports and its mission of providing balanced, unbiased health information so that parents, coaches, athletes and health professionals can make better-informed health decisions. We thank them for their commitment and vision.

Make A Gift

The UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute is dedicated to promoting safer sports for athletes of all ages and abilities through advocacy, education and research. We owe much of what we achieve to the support of a generous community — to the support of people like you.

Donations help support advances in sports health and safety. And by giving — perhaps in gratitude for care, or in honor of someone — you can help improve the lives of your family, your friends and your region.

If you would like to be our partner in enhancing health and changing lives, please make a gift to the Sports Health and Safety Institute. Or, if you would like to learn more about the Institute and its efforts, please contact UW Medicine Advancement at 206-543-5686.

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Contact

We thank you for your interest in the UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute. We would be happy to talk with you further about our work. Colin Nelson, SHSI Editorial Director, can be reached at:

Email

cnelson8@uw.edu

Fax

206.744.9942

Mailing Address

325 9th Avenue, Box 359924
Seattle, WA 98104

General Information

uwmedicine.org/sportshealth