Posted on December 29, 2009

ONS physician Gloria Cohen, MD was recently selected to be a member of the host medical staff for the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Games take place from February 12 to 28. Dr. Cohen, who has served on prior Olympics medical teams, has been assigned as a primary care sports medicine physician for the Olympic long track speedskating events. She joins a multidisciplinary sports medicine team that includes orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, primary care physicians and athletic trainers.

As a member of the Winter Olympics host medical team, Dr. Cohen will provide healthcare and on-site emergency services to athletes during pre-Game and Games times from February 7 through the final medal competitions. Her duties will include emergency and first responder care on the ice for the athletes from any country. She will be working with some of the most qualified sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, and paramedics in the medical field.

While at the Games, Dr. Cohen will document her experiences on the “team behind the team” on this blog. She will write daily posts beginning on the day of arrival that tell what it is like to be with the athletes during practice and in competition. “I am looking forward to serving on my 4th Olympic Games medical team,” said Dr. Cohen. “I find working with these incredibly dedicated athletes very exciting and rewarding. It will be fun to share my experiences while I’m there through the blog. ”

In addition to her practice at ONS, Dr. Gloria Cohen is a specialist in sports medicine and serves as primary care sports medicine physician for the Columbia University varsity athletic teams. She is a lecturer in the Department of Orthopedics at Columbia University. A graduate of University of Ottawa School of Medicine, Dr. Cohen has lived in Montreal and Vancouver, Canada. She served as team physician to the Canadian National Olympic Cycling Team for 14 years and was a member of the Canadian medical team for Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Atlanta, and Sydney. She travels regularly with the Columbia University varsity football team, the Lions, and is recognized as an authority in sports medicine in the United States and Canada.

Check back to this blog after February 8th for updates from the Winter Olympics from Dr. Cohen.