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PAMF to Provide Local Medical Support to Athletes Competing in 2012 Olympic Trials – Gymnastics

This summer, San Jose, Calif., will become Gymnastics City USA when the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics come to town from June 28 – July 1 at HP Pavilion at San Jose. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) will provide local medical support for the gymnasts competing in one of the sport’s most prestigious events.

“It’s a tremendous honor to provide local support for the U.S. athletes who will compete in San Jose and then in London,” said Richard Gayle, M.D., a sports medicine and orthopedics expert at PAMF’s Mountain View Center.  “With such a high caliber of athletes and the breadth of athleticism these individuals demonstrate, assisting in providing comprehensive medical care is indeed a privilege.”

Dr. Gayle and his fellow PAMF physicians will be on site for the duration of the four-day competition to provide local medical care for athletes, as well as USA Gymnastics officials and coaches. PAMF has two U.S. Olympians on its staff:  1996 Olympic gymnastics team gold-medalist Amy Chow, M.D., is a pediatrician at PAMF’s Dublin Center, and two-time U.S. cycling Olympian Christine Thorburn, M.D., is a staff rheumatologist.

“The goal of our sports physicians and medical team is to provide the highest quality care to all of our patients, including these visiting athletes,” Dr. Gayle said. “PAMF has been a pioneer in the field of sports medicine, including orthopedic surgery, podiatry and pediatric sports medicine. The event showcases the USA’s top gymnasts as they vie for the opportunity to represent the USA this summer, and we provide exceptional sports medicine care and rehabilitation in Northern California every day.”

Physicians in PAMF’s Sports Medicine Department serve as team doctors and orthopedic consultants to several professional sports teams and organizations, including the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the USA Women’s Basketball Team, the USA Track and Field teams, the United States Rugby Organization, the San Francisco Giants, the Oakland Raiders, the San Jose Sharks and the Golden State Warriors.

More on PAMF’s Doctors Chow and Thorburn – U.S. Olympians

Today, Amy Chow, M.D., is a pediatrician at PAMF’s Dublin Center. In 1996, she was one of the “Magnificent Seven,” the name given to the 1996 U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team that won the USA’s first women’s gymnastics team gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Dr. Chow was also a member of the bronze-medal team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She then took up pole-vaulting, recording a personal best of 13 feet, 5 inches. Later Dr. Chow pursued competitive diving, narrowly missing a spot at the 2011 AT&T National Championships due to injury.

In 2008, PAMF Rheumatologist Christine Thorburn, M.D., qualified for the U.S. Olympic team for women’s cycling and competed in the 2008 Olympic Games held in Beijing. An avid competitive road cyclist, she also competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

About the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) for Health Care, Research and Education is a not-for-profit health care organization that is a pioneer in the multispecialty group practice of medicine. Founded in 1930, PAMF is part of the Sutter Health network of care, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit networks of community-based health care providers. PAMF’s 1,000 affiliated physicians and 4,900 employees serve nearly 800,000 patients at its medical centers and clinics in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. For more information about the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, visit the PAMF website, newsroom and blog, follow us on Twitter, and join us on Facebook.

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