Stellate Ganglion Block Procedure for Posttraumatic Stress Sports Medicine and Family Medicine
I am passionate about serving those in need. "It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people." — Martin Luther King Jr.
"The noblest question in the world is: What good may I do in it?" — Benjamin Franklin
How Can I Help You?
Typically as part of a multidisciplinary team, I provide care which involves a detailed interview and examination, and my recommendations are personalized to your priorities and goals.
My areas of expertise are:
Stellate Ganglion Block for posttraumatic stress symptoms
Elite athlete wellness and performance, both physical and mental
Stellate Ganglion Block
Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB)—a medical procedure that effectively treats symptoms associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—is an injection of local anesthetic in the neck to temporarily block the cervical sympathetic chain which controls the body’s fight-or-flight response. SGB has been safely used for over 80 years for many other reasons but was discovered ten years ago to provide relief of PTSD symptoms as well. Since that time, along with a handful of other physicians, I have pioneered the use of SGB for treating posttraumatic stress within the US Army. Due to its safety, success rate, and rapid onset of relief, SGB has gained wide acceptance in several locations at US military hospitals where it has been available.
Within the field of primary care sports medicine, my expertise is principally in the use of ultrasound to aid in bedside musculoskeletal diagnostics as well as to guide precision injection therapies to injured bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, or nerves. Throughout my career, I have led my clinics with cutting edge, evidence-based sports medicine to bring the latest proven therapies to my high performance patient populations.
I have extensive experience dealing with the diagnosis and management of concussion through years of caring for elite athletes and studying the effects of mild traumatic brain injury on elite special operations forces. Through collaboration with fellow researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's world renowned Gfeller Center, I offer a contemporary perspective and years of practical hands-on experience with this challenging and evolving topic in sports medicine.
Elite Athlete Physical and Mental Performance
I have served as USA Swimming National Team Physician for over eight years. I have led multiple medical teams at international competitions including FINA World Championships, Pan Pacific Championships, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and have been selected to serve as Team Physician for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. As a leader of the USA Swimming Sports Medicine & Science Committee, I support athlete physical and mental health year round through continuous improvement to policies, research initiatives, and athlete/coach education campaigns. Some initiatives have included: asthma and allergy guidelines, infectious disease prevention, and mental health optimization.
"Be who you are and be that well." --Francis de Sales