Gordon O. Matheson

Gordon O. Matheson

Sports medicine doctor, Family medicine doctor

Bio:   Gordon O. Matheson MD, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Matheson has been a Professor of Sports Medicine at Stanford since 1994. He established and was the first Head of the Division of Sports Medicine, served as Director of Sports Medicine from 1994-2016, was a member of the Medical Senate, and interviewed medical school applicants for the Medical School Admissions Committee. Dr. Matheson has taught many undergraduate courses at Stanford to students in Human Biology and established the fellowship program in primary care sports medicine. He has authored more than 200 publications and given more than 250 lectures in 16 countries. He founded the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, chaired the Board Governance Committee for the International Justice Mission, served as an expert for the World Anti-Doping Agency, and headed the International Olympic Committee Disease Prevention Working Group. Dr. Matheson, a Canadian, was President of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine, team physician for the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team and the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. During his time at Stanford he maintained an active medical practice.

Dr. Matheson's academic work now focuses on the use of human-centered design to co-create effective programs for the prevention of chronic disease. Through his work building the sports medicine program at Stanford, he has become recognized as a leader in mitigating the conflict of interest environment common to the health care of athletes. He served as a conflict of interest expert witness for the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial, the court challenge to the constitutionality of the Canada Health Act, and the National Football League.

Dr. Matheson is currently Adjunct Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and team physician for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.

Professional Education

  • MD, University of Calgary, Medicine (1975)
  • Internship, University of Calgary, General Medicine (1976)
  • Residency, University of Calgary, Family Medicine (1977)
  • Fellowship, University of British Columbia, Sports Medicine (1986)
  • MSc, University of British Columbia, Exercise Physiology (1986)
  • PhD, University of British Columbia, Exercise Biochemistry (1989)

Honors & Awards

  • Expert, Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee, World Anti-Doping Agency (2009-2014)
  • Featured Author, American Journal of Sports Medicine (2015)
  • Fellow, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (1994-1998)
  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine (1996-present)
  • Fellow, Medical Research Council of Canada (1988-90)
  • Honoree, Stanford Introductory Seminars 10th Anniversary (2008)
  • Medical Officer, XV Olympic Winter Games (1988)
  • Rick Hansen Research Award, British Columbia Medical Association (1987)
  • Scholar, British Columbia Health Research Foundation (1990-1992)

Administrative Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor of Human Biology, Stanford University (1996 - 2016)
  • Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia (2016 - 2019)
  • Chair, Non-Communicable Disease Working Group, International Olympic Committee Medical Commission (2012 - 2015)
  • Chief, Division of Sports Medicine, Stanford University (1996 - 2005)
  • Co-Director, Human Performance Laboratory, Stanford University (2006 - 2016)
  • Director of Sports Medicine, Stanford University (1994 - 2016)
  • Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship, Stanford University (2000 - 2016)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, Williams & Wilkins (1991 - 1998)
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Physician and Sportsmedicine, McGraw Hill (1998 - 2005)
  • Head Team Physician, Stanford University (1994 - 2016)
  • Member, Strategic Advisory Board, NBA & GE Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Research Collaboration (2015 - 2018)
  • President, Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (1992 - 1993)
  • Senator, Stanford Medical School (1999 - 2003)
  • Team Physician, Vancouver Canucks (NHL) (1989 - 1992)
  • Team Physician, Golden State Warriors, NBA (2014 - 2017)