Dr. Robert S. Bray, Jr. to be Only LA-Based Physician on USOC Medical Staff for Upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver

Feb 3, 2010 8:26 AM Pacific
Marina del Rey, Calif. (Feb 3, 2010) – Preeminent neurological spine surgeon Dr. Robert S. Bray, Jr., the CEO and founding director of D.I.S.C. Sports and Spine Center, an Official Medical Services Provider to the U.S. Olympic Team, will be the only LA-based physician to join a the 47-member medical staff that will support the 200-plus Team USA Athletes at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada. The partnership between D.I.S.C. and the U.S.O.C. was announced on November 9, 2009.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to further my involvement with the USOC and the Team USA Athletes in support of their medical care during the Winter Games,” said Dr. Bray.  “My number one priority is to the athletes, keeping them healthy during the games and attending to their needs.  This experience will also provide invaluable insight into the overall structure of the care for U.S. Olympic Athletes as we build this next generation of sports medicine to ensure our American athletes have every possible resource available for them to live their dreams.”
This partnership will allow Team USA athletes to have access to a wide-array of distinguished sports medicine specialists at D.I.S.C. who can provide wide-ranging care, in a coordinated manner.  This unique multi-disciplinary model will ensure their medical needs are being met appropriately, allowing them to perform on the highest possible level.
In addition to routine medical care, Dr. Bray’s expertise in neurological spine surgery will make him an invaluable member of the medical team. Dr. Bray will serve as the head team doctor for luge, bobsled and skeleton and will provide support for the alpine sports.
Dr. Robert S. Bray, Jr.For nearly 30 years Dr. Robert S. Bray Jr. has been at the forefront of the innovations taking place in minimally invasive spine surgery. He has performed more than 10,000 procedures.  Approximately 95% of his surgical cases are performed on an outpatient basis, while the national average is 5-10%.  Among the first neurosurgeons in the country to dedicate his practice to spine surgery, he has trained 27 fellows, published many peer-reviewed articles and has numerous patents to his credits for instrumentation and devices that have been essential to the advances in this highly-specialized field. He is credited with the recent discovery T.E.A.M. Disease (thoracic epidural arteriovenous malformation), a rare spinal abnormality that primarily affects young women. Outpatient Surgery Magazine calls him "one of the world's foremost neurological spinal surgeons" and OR Manager Magazine refers to D.I.S.C. as "an advanced spine center other surgeons would envy."

Source: DISC

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