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Medical Department Information

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sports Medicine is dependent on the commitment of dedicated partners and volunteers who provide the additional resources necessary to ensure the best possible medical care for our athletes. 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has volunteer physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists integrated within the medical program through the medical committee, volunteer physician pool, as well as the athletic training/physical therapy pool. For more information about the physician or AT/PT medical pools, please see the Medical Pool page.

Our medical partners are a group of hospitals, clinics and medical suppliers that work with U.S. Ski & Snowboard to optimize medical care of our athlete in case of illness or injury. 


Medical Committee

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard medical committee’s primary function is to provide resources, direction, and guidance through recommendations regarding overall policy and procedure governing the medical care of Team athletes. Committee members also provide networking resources for expertise in medical care sought for athletes based on specific situations. The committee is comprised of team physicians closely involved in the medical management of athletes in addition to specialists who provide guidance and recommendations.

Medical Committee

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sports Medicine Director: Dr. Jaron Santelli

Chairman Emeritus: Dr. Richard Steadman, The Steadman Clinic Vail, Colo.

Men’s Alpine Head Team Physician: Dr. Randy Viola, The Steadman Clinic, Vail Colo.

Women’s Alpine Head Team Physicians:

Dr. William Sterett, Vail Summit Orthopedics Vail, Colorado

Dr. Jeffrey Harrison, Calton-Harrison Clinic Ogden, Utah

Snowboard Head Team Physician: Dr. Thomas Hackett, The Steadman Clinic, Vail, Colorado

Freestyle Head Team Physician: Dr. Sonny Gill, The Steadman Clinic, Vail, Colorado

Freeski Head Team Physician: Dr. Andrew Cooper- Comprehensive Orthopedics, Salt Lake City, Utah

Cross Country Head Team Physician: Heather Cichanowski, TRIA Orthopaedic Center, St. Paul, Minn.

Team Sports Neurologist: Dr. Jeffery Kutcher, The Sports Neurology Clinic, Brighton, Mich.

Team Internist: Dr. David Kuppersmith, The Steadman Clinic, Vail Colorado

Regional Medical Sponsors

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has developed a regional medical sponsorship program to formalize the many established relationships with medical service providers across the country. 

Hospitals/Research Labs
Barton Health Care System, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Intermountain Healthcare Park City Hospital, Park City, Utah
Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail, Colo.
Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail, Colo.

Orthopedic Clinics
Calton/Harrison Clinic, Ogden Utah
Desert Orthopedics, Bend, Ore.
Rosenberg-Cooley-Metcalf Clinic, Park City, Utah
The Steadman Clinic, Vail, Colo.

Physical Therapy Clinics
Howard Head Sports Medicine Center, Vail Colo.
Mammoth Hospital Physical Therapy, Mammoth Lakes Calif.
Rebound Physical Therapy, Bend Ore.

Imaging Centers
RAYUS Radiology 

Paul Peterson DDS, Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry, Park City, Utah

Medical Suppliers

DJO Global