Dr Bert Mandelbaum

Centre of Excellence:

Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group, Santa Monica, USA

Medical Specialty:

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Knee Surgery

General information:

Dr. Mandelbaum is a medical graduate of Washington University Medical School in St. Louis in 1980, which completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and fellowship in Sports Medicine from UCLA. He served on the faculty at UCLA from 1986-89 and subsequently joined the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group. He presently practices there and serves as the Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and the Research and Education Foundation and Medical Director for the FIFA Medical Center of Excellence in Santa Monica. He served as Chief Medical Officer for the World Special Olympic Games 2015 in LA.

Academically, he is well published including over journal articles (100) and five books. He has received five national awards for Excellence in Research in the Field of Sports Medicine. Since 1995 he has been on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sports Medicine and associate editor for Current Concept Reviews. He also served 1999-2001 as executive board member for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Presently, he is Past President of the International Cartilage Repair Society (2008-09). He was honored in a distinguished fashion in 2009 with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters ( DHL) from the State University of New York. He served as Director of Research for Major League Baseball 2011-2015.

Present research interests focus on injury Prevention and ligament, cartilage and meniscal transplantation and the role of Orthobiologic interventions such as PRP and Stem Cells .

Team/Sports/Research/Academic Involvement:

As a team physician Dr. Mandelbaum has worked with UCLA Athletics (1985-1989) and Pepperdine University (1990-present, LA Galaxy and Chivas USA MLS teams. He was the Chief Medical Officer for Women’s World Cup Soccer 1999 and 2003, US Soccer Men’s National I Teams Physician since 1991, and the assistant Medical Director for Major League Soccer since 1996, and served as USA Team Physician for Soccer World Cups ’94 in the USA, ’98 in France, 2002 in Japan and Korea, Germany in 2006 and South Africa in 2010. He served as FIFA medical officer for Brazil World Cup 2014. In 2002 he was appointed to FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Committee (F-MARC). In 2007 he was appointed to FIFA’s Sports Medicine Committee. He also served on the Sports Medical Committee and Olympic Medical Officer for the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 and London 2012 games. He will be Chief Medical Officer for LA 2015 World Special Olympic Games and for CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015.


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