August Featured Ed Board Members

John M. Marzo

 Dr. John M. Marzo
State University of New York at Buffalo
Medical Director, Buffalo Bills NFL Football Team

Dr. Marzo grew up in Owego, New York; one of seven children raised by an elementary school Principal and a stay at home mom. He attended college and played football at Colgate University, an institution that then and still, embodies the meaning of the “student-athlete”.  He completed his medical degree at the State University of New York in Syracuse and Residency at State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Marzo also completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, New York.

Dr. Marzo is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedics at the State University of New York at Buffalo and is the Medical Director for the Buffalo Bills NFL Football Team.

Selected Published Works

Klucynski MA, Bisson LJ, Marzo JM. Does body mass index affect outcomes following ambulatory knee and shoulder surgery? Arthroscopy. 2014;30(7):856-865.

“Popliteal Cysts: A Current Review” Herman A, Marzo J Orthopedics in print

Pula D, Femia R, Marzo John, Bisson L. Are root avulsions of the lateral meniscus associated with extrusion at the time of acute ACL injury? A case-control study. Am J Sports Med. 2013;42(1):173-176.

Bisson L, Klucynski M, Marzo J . Factors associated with meniscal tears and chondral lesions in patients undergoing anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a prospective study. AM J Sports Med. 2013;41(12):2759-2765.

Bisson L, Klucynski M, Hagstrom L, Buyea K, Marzo J. A prospective study of the association between bone contusion and intra-articular injuries associated with acute anterior cruciate ligament tear. Am J Sports Med. 2013;41(8):1801-1807.

 Hagstrum L, Marzo J. Simple versus horizontal suture anchor repair of bankart lesions: which better restores labral anatomy?  Arthroscopy. 2013l;29(2):325-329.

Privitera D, Bisson L, Marzo J. Minimum 10 year follow-up of arthroscopic intra-articular bankart repair using bioabsorbable tacks. Am J Sports Med.  2012;40(1):100-107.

 Marzo J. Meniscal root avulsions. Clin Sports Med. 2012;31:101-111.

 Hein C, Gurske J, Ehrensberger M, Marzo J. Effects of medial meniscus avulsion and repair on meniscal displacement. Knee. 2011;18(3):189-192.

 Bedi H, Marzo J. The biomechanics of medial patellofemoral ligament repair followed by lateral retinacular release. Am J Sports Med. 2010;38(7):1462-1467.


Bert Mandelbaum MD


Bert Mandelbaum, MD
Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group
Santa Monica, California


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 is also the Director of Research for Major League Baseball (MLB) and also is Co-director of The USOC CSS National Medical Center of excellence and serves on the USOC National Medical Network Advisory Group.

Academically, he is well published including multiple journal articles (90) 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 has also has 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 Honarary Doctorate of Humane Letters ( DHL) from the State University of New York.

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 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 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 serves as a consultant to several companies including: Depuy Mitek J and J, Zimmer, Smith and Nephew, Arthrex, Exactech, Alter G, Game Ready, Genzyme Sanofi and RTI.

Selected Published Works

Mandelbaum, B.R., Finerman, G.A.M., Hartzman, S., Bassett, L., Reicher, M.A., Rauschning, W., and Dorey, F.: Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Traumatic Knee Disorders:  Anatomical and Pathoanatomical Correlations”.  American Journal of Sports Medicine, 14:361-370.

Murgia, M., Vailas, A.R., Mandelbaum, B.R., Norton, J., Hogdon, J., Goforth, H., and Riedy, M.: “Elevated plasma hydroxyproline:  A Possible Risk Factor Associated with Connective Tissue Injuries during overuse”.American Journal of Sports Medicine, 16(6), 660-664,1988

Mandelbaum, B.R., Bartolozzi, A.R., Davis, C.A., Teurling, L., Bragioner, B.: “Wrist Pain in the gymnast:  Pathogenic, Diagnostic, and Therapeutic Considerations“.  American Journal of Sports Medicine, 17(13): 305-17,1989 Mandelbaum, B.R., Finerman, G.A.M., Hartzman, S., Bassett, L., Reicher, M.A., Rauschning, W., and Dorey, F.:  Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Traumatic Knee Disorders:  Anatomical and Pathoanatomical Correlations”.  American Journal of Sports Medicine, 14:361-370.

Mandelbaum, B.R., Myerson, M.S., Forster, R.: “The Treatment of Achilles Tendon Ruptures with a New Method of Repair, Early Range of Motion, and Functional Rehabilitation: A Prospective Study.”  American Journal  Sports Medicine, 23(4):392-395, 1995

DiFiori JP, Puffer JC, Mandelbaum BR, Mar S: “Factors Associated with Wrist Pain in the Young Gymnast.” Am J Sports Med. 24(1):9-14,1996

DiFiori JP, Mandelbaum BR: “Wrist Pain in a Young Gymnast: Unusual Radiographic Findings and MRI Evidence of Growth Plate Injury.”  Med Sci Sports Exer.  28(12):1453-1458, 1996

Jordan SF, Green GA, Galanty HL, Mandelbaum BR, Jabour BA: “Head Injuries in National Soccer Players.” Amer J Sp Med. 24:205-210, 1996.

Mandelbaum BR, Knapp TP (eds): Stress fractures. Cin Sports Med, 16(2), 1997.

DiFiori JP, Puffer JC, Mandelbaum BR, Dorey F: Distal radial growth plate injury and positive ulnar variance in nonelite gymnasts.  Am J Sports Med:  25(6):763-768, 1997.

Mandelbaum BR, Browne JE, Fu F, Micheli L, Mosely JB, Erggelet C, Minas T, Peterson L: Articular cartilage lesions of the knee.  Am J Sports Med 26(6):853-61, 1998.

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