Michael Fredericson, MD

Michael Fredericson, MD

Sports medicine physiatrist, Sports medicine doctor

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, a Principal Investigator in the Stanford Human Performance Lab and is spearheading the new Stanford Lifestyle Medicine initiative with the Stanford Longevity Center. He is also Head Team Physician for the Stanford Track & Field and Swimming Teams and the Medical Director for Stanford Club Sports. In addition, he is Founder and Director of the Stanford RunSafe Injury Prevention Program and has volunteered 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 180 peer-reviewed articles, 32 book chapters and four books focused on an improved understanding and treatment strategies for overuse injuries in athletes. He is currently on the Men's Health Magazine Advisory Board and has also held several scientific 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 has been honored with several prestigious grants from the Pac-12 Conference Student-Athlete Health & Well-Being Grant Program. His work's impact is widely recognized: he is listed on ResearchGate as one of their top-cited researchers (97.5 percentile). He is also frequently featured in national and international media and lay publications with over 175 interviews for his expertise on a wide range of sports medicine, fitness, and health promotion topics.

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 several programs for Stanford students including courses on Lifestyle Medicine and Sports Medicine for Stanford medical and undergraduates, and orthopedic consultation service at the Arbor Free Clinic. For the past 20 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.

Sports Medicine Clinic

Runner's Injury Clinic

Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Redwood City

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Redwood City

Professional Education

  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (1992) CA
  • Medical Education: New York Medical College Registrar (1988) NY
  • Internship: Mount Zion Medical Center (1989) CA
  • Sub-Speciallty Certification, American Board of PM&R, Sports Medicine (2007)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab, Physical Medicine and Rehab (1993)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab, Sports Medicine (2007)
  • Fellowship: SOAR (1993) CA
  • 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)
  • Clinical Research Grant Award, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (2018-19)
  • 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)
  • Top 10 Research Award, Stanford Medical Student Research Symposium (Research presented by Mentee, Megan Deakins-Roche) (2018)
  • Top 10 Research Award, Stanford Medical Student Research Symposium (Research presented by Mentee, Torsten Rotto) (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)

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