Bert R. Mandelbaum, MD
Dr. Mandelbaum is a 1980 medical graduate of Washington University Medical
School in St. Louis who completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery
at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and fellowship in Sports Medicine at UCLA.
He served on the faculty at UCLA from 1986-89 and subsequently joined
the Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group. He presently
practices there, serving as the Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship
Program and of the Research and Education Foundation and the Medical Director
for the FIFA Medical Center of Excellence in Santa Monica. He is also
the Director of Research for Major League Baseball (MLB). He serves on
the USOC National Medical Network Advisory Group. He was also appointed
as Chief Medical Officer for the World Special Olympic Games 2015 in LA.
Academically, he is well published including over 100 journal articles
and 5 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 from 1999 to 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 has also been awarded a NIH Grant on Prevention
of ACL Injuries in Children and Adolescents in collaboration with Chris
Powers PhD of USC. 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
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
in 1999 and 2003, US Soccer Men’s National Teams Physician since
1991, and the assistant Medical Director for Major League Soccer since
1996. He also 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. He serves on the USA Gymnastics Sports Medicine Advisory
Board. 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 Special Olympics
World Games and for CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015.
He has published his first motivational and inspirational book entitled
The Win Within…Capturing Your Victorious Spirit. He also does motivational speaking for societies, companies, and groups.
He serves as a consultant to several companies including Depuy Mitek J
and J, Zimmer, Smith and Nephew, Arthrex, Exactech, Alter G, Game Ready,
Geistlich, and RTI.
He is married to Ruth, a Family Physician, with 3 children Rachel 24, Jordan
22, and Ava 18.