Dr. Bert Mandelbaum and Dr. Lee Pace of Santa Monica Orthopaedic Group
are proud to have served special athletes from around the world during
the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 this past summer.
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum on the sidelines at Special Olympics World Games Los
As Chief Medical Officer for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles
2015, Dr. Mandelbaum was tasked with developing a comprehensive medical
system that managed athletes and delegates during the games. “Caring
for special athletes required a multidisciplinary and diverse team of
medical personnel across a wide spectrum of specialties working together
to optimize all levels of care,” Dr. Mandelbaum said. The medical
team's primary roles were prevention of injury and illness, management
of medical problems, and optimizing the performance of athletes. Thanks
to the collaboration between multiple medical institutions, 650 volunteer
physicians, the LAPD and LAFD, Dr. Mandelbaum believes that the team was
overwhelmingly successful in achieving their goals.
“It is an incredible experience to take care of special athletes,"
Dr. Mandelbaum said. “In my career I’ve cared for youth high
school athletes, elite, and professional athletes, each of which is exciting
from a different perspective. This category is most noteworthy to see
the joy, the determination, and the amazing celebrations of each of these
athletes at all moments. During the games, the message is clear for all
of us at all times to appreciate the important oath of Special Olympics
athletes that says, ‘Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be
brave in the attempt.’”
Dr. Lee Pace in the stands at Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015.
Dr. Lee Pace, Venue Medical Director for Balboa Park (Soccer) and Griffith
Park (Golf and Equestrian) reflected on his on-the-ground experience at
the games. “While many special athletes have medical conditions
that require careful attention, most injuries are still orthopedic in
nature,” Dr. Pace says. “Having an orthopedist on the sidelines
still proves the most advantageous concerning injury management. As sports
medicine orthopedists are required to understand and recognize various
medical conditions that can occur in any athlete, special or otherwise,
orthopedists are a very natural fit to manage the special athlete.”
Dr. Vernon Williams, Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, and Dr. Lee Pace at Special Olympics
World Games Los Angeles 2015.
Dr. Vernon Williams of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic joined the team as
Medical Director for Concussions providing insight and expertise from
his eighteen-year history with sports neurology. Santa Monica Orthopaedic
Group and Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic are part of the Kerlan-Jobe Institute,
a Cedars-Sinai affiliate. The clinics look forward to future endeavors
together as part of the Kerlan-Jobe Institute, serving athletes of all
types to ensure they are experiencing life in motion.
To learn more about the athletic teams that Santa Monica Orthopaedic Group
treats, visit the
Sports Medicine Affiliations page by clicking here.