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 2011-2015.

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.


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