Dr. Jon Drezner

Dr. Drezner is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington and Director of the UW Medicine Center for Sports Cardiology. He is board certified in Family Medicine and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He serves as a team physician for the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Reign FC (NWSL), and the University of Washington Huskies men’s basketball, track & field and cross country teams. He is Deputy Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Vice-Chair of the NFL General Medical Committee, and past-President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (2012-13). He is also Director of the Division for Cardiac Injury in Sport for the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research. He serves as Medical Director for the Nick of Time Foundation, and is on the Medical Advisory Board for Parent Heart Watch and Who We Play For. Dr. Drezner has dedicated his career to the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest and death (SCA/D) in young athletes and the development of effective models for prevention. His primary research focuses on the incidence and etiology of SCA/D, cardiovascular screening and electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation in athletes, and emergency response planning and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the school and athletic settings.

As Director of the UW Medicine Center for Sports Cardiology (www.uwsportscardiology.org) his mission is to transform the delivery of cardiovascular care in athletes of all ages and to promote safe physical activity and sports participation. The Center for Sports Cardiology is a unique collaboration between sports medicine and cardiology specialists to establish clinical and academic resources that advance the cardiovascular health and safety of active children, adults, and competitive athletes. Dr. Drezner has expanded the clinical services available to young athletes through advanced heart screens and multidisciplinary consultations. He also helped develop the Cardiovascular Wellness & Prevention Program intended for master’s athletes and physically active adults. A major educational initiative led by Dr. Drezner was the development of the consensus International Criteria for ECG interpretation in athletes, and the accompanying ECG training modules available open access at: https://uwsportscardiology.org/E-Academy

Dr. Drezner had the great honor of highlighting his scientific contributions as the opening keynote lecture on the prevention of sudden cardiac death in athletes at the 2011 International Olympic Committee (IOC) World Conference on the Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport, and again as the closing keynote lecture at the 2017 IOC World Conference. Dr. Drezner was also co-editor of the IOC Manual of Sports Cardiology and has over 150 publications in refereed journals.

A complete list of his publications can be found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Drezner+J%5BAuthor%5D

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