Michael Fredericson, MD

Michael Fredericson, MD

General musculoskeletal physiatrist, Sports medicine physiatrist

Bio:   Dr. Fredericson specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) with a unique approach to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports injuries. He is the first physician promoted to Professor of PM&R at Stanford University and is currently Director of PM&R Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and a Principal Investigator in the Stanford Human Performance Lab. He is a Head Team Physician with the Stanford Sports Medicine Program and the Medical Director for Stanford Club Sports. He is also Founder and Director of the Stanford RunSafe Injury Prevention Clinic and has worked at both a national and international level with USA Track & Field and the United States Olympic Committee.

Dr. Fredericson has been a featured speaker at numerous national and international sports medicine and rehabilitation symposiums and Visiting Professor at many institutions around the country. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles, 25 book chapters and two books focused on an improved understanding and treatment strategies for overuse injuries in athletes. He has held several editorial appointments, among which are those of co-editor of an upcoming book from Springer Science, Tendinopathy: From Basic Science to Clinical Management (2017); invited editor for a special issue of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America: A Comprehensive Review of Running Injuries (2015); senior founding editor, PM&R, the official scientific journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2007 to 2014); associate editor, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine (1999 to 2004); and editorial board member, Physician and Sports Medicine (1996 to 1999). Most recently he was appointed Co-Chairman of the Research Task Force for the Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Committee of USA Track & Field and was awarded a prestigious 3-year grant from the Pac-12 Conference Student-Athlete Health & Well-Being Grant Program. The impact of his work is widely recognized: he is listed on ResearchGate as the top-cited researcher annually in the entire Stanford Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Fredericson created the first ACGME Sports Medicine Fellowship at Stanford University and continues as Fellowship Director. He has received a variety of awards for his efforts to develop and foster musculoskeletal education and research for medical students, residents, and fellows. He founded two programs for Stanford students including a course on Lifestyle Medicine and an orthopedic consultation service at the Arbor Free Clinic. For the past 18 years; he has also offered an international research fellowship in sports medicine with participation from physicians around the world including South Korea, Spain, Singapore, Brazil, France, China, and Japan. As a result of this experience, many of these physicians have been promoted to major sports medicine and academic appointments in their home countries.
4.7 out of 5
234 Patient Ratings
8 Patient Comments

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division

Sports Medicine Clinic

Runner's Injury Clinic

Professional Education

  • Internship: Mount Zion Medical Center (1989) CA
  • Sub-Speciallty Certification, American Board of PM&R, Sports Medicine (2007)
  • Board Certification: Physical Medicine and Rehab, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab (1993)
  • Board Certification: Sports Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab (2007)
  • Fellowship: SOAR (1993) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (1992) CA
  • Medical Education: New York Medical College (1988) NY
  • BA, University of Redlands, Redlands,CA, Psychology (1982)
  • MD, NY Medical College, Vahalla, NY, Medicine (1988)
  • Fellowship, SOAR, Menlo Park, CA, Sports & Spine Medicine (1993)
  • Board Certification, American Board of PM&R, Physical Med & Rehabilitation (1993)
  • Diplomate, American Assoc of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine (1996)

Honors & Awards

  • 4th Annual Avalon Cole Lectureship, University of Virginia, Running Medicine Conference (2008)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (Junior Year), National Medical Honor Society (1987)
  • America's Top Physicians, Consumers' Research Council of America (2009-10)
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors Corporation (2008-2013)
  • Best Musculoskeletal Research Award, American Academy of PM&R (2011)
  • Certificate of Meritorious Service, USA Track & Field, Sports Medicine and Sports Science Committee (2003)
  • Excellence in Musculoskeletal Med Award, Kessler Institute and Univ of Med, New Jersey Med School (2007)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Stanford PM&R Residency Program (1997)
  • Faculty Mentor, Resident Research Award, Stanford PM&R Residency (2013)
  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine (2003)
  • Head Physician, IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics, USA Track & FieldTeam (2006)
  • Highest Rated Lecture, The American Back Society Annual Meeting (1997)
  • James D. Thompson MD, Humanitarian Award, Stanford PM&R Residency Program (2011)
  • Jerome Gersten, MD, Memorial Lectureship, University of Colorado Department of PM&R (2010)
  • Jose C. Montero MD, Excellence in Teaching Award, Stanford PM&R Residency Program (2003)
  • Member (1st PM&R Physician), International Patellofemoral Study Group (2006)
  • Nadler Research Award, Foundation of PM&R (2015-16)
  • Outstanding Paper Award, North American Spine Society (2001)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, National Collegiate Honor Society (1982)
  • Physiatric Assoc of Spine, Sports & Occupational Rehabiliation (PASSOR) Career Achievement Award, American Academy of PM&R (2011)
  • President, AAPM&R, Sports Medicine Interest Group (1998-2000)
  • Research Award, Physiatric Association of Spine, Occupational, and Sports Rehabilitation (2002)
  • Student-Athlete Health & Well-Being Grant Award, Pac-12 Conference (2016-2019)
  • Visiting Professorship, Harvard University Department of PM&R (2009)
  • Who's Who in Medicine in America & Who's Who in America, Marquis (2010)

Administrative Appointments

  • Co-Chairman, Research Task Force, USA Track & Field (2016 - Present)
  • Director, PM&R Sports Medicine Service, Stanford University Medical Center (1994 - Present)
  • Fellowship Director, Stanford Sports Medicine (2010 - Present)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Runner?s World magazine (2001 - Present)
  • Senior Associate Editor, PM&R - The journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation (2008 - 2015)
4.8

Friendliness

4.6

Explanations

4.7

Listens

4.6

Includes you in decisions

4.7

Clear Communication

4.6

Confidence in your doctor

4.6

Recommended to others

4.3

Wait times

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Fredrickson and Stephanie really understood my anxiety about the procedure and were gentle and communicative about it. Very good experience - less painful than expected.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Extremely impressed with Dr. F. and his resident, as well as the nurse assistant

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr Fredericson's resident at the time was very charismatic and friendly. Dr Fredericson himself can come across as unempathetic, and definitely brief - he's only there for 60s, maximum.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Respectful, thoughtful, clinically excellent.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Pleasant NICE dr.'s but I left with lots of unanswered questions.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I have already recommending this care provider to others

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

I wasn't an athlete but he still very much cared abt. my mobility and pain.

SHC Patient, Jan 2014

He was very kind & patient because I was scared about electric shocks & friendly.

4.7 out of 5
234 Patient Ratings
8 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Fredrickson and Stephanie really understood my anxiety about the procedure and were gentle and communicative about it. Very good experience - less painful than expected.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Extremely impressed with Dr. F. and his resident, as well as the nurse assistant

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr Fredericson's resident at the time was very charismatic and friendly. Dr Fredericson himself can come across as unempathetic, and definitely brief - he's only there for 60s, maximum.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Respectful, thoughtful, clinically excellent.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Pleasant NICE dr.'s but I left with lots of unanswered questions.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I have already recommending this care provider to others

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

I wasn't an athlete but he still very much cared abt. my mobility and pain.

SHC Patient, Jan 2014

He was very kind & patient because I was scared about electric shocks & friendly.