June 26, 2013
Dr. John DiFiori, who is beginning his 20th year of service to the department as a team physician, was named Head Team Physician for UCLA Athletics on Wednesday, replacing Dr. Gerald Finerman, who retired this Spring after 43 years of service.
In addition to his work with Athletics, Dr. DiFiori serves as Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine and Non-Operative Orthopaedics for the Departments of Family Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at UCLA.
He is President of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute.
Dr. DiFiori's expertise in treating sports injuries in competitive athletes is nationally recognized. He is a co-author of the Preparticipation Evaluation textbook, which is the guidebook for the medical screening of competitive athletes. Dr. DiFiori has extensive experience in the management of sports-related concussion, ranging from immediate sideline assessment to the monitoring of recovery and determining return to play. He has authored several publications and provided a number of scientific presentations on sports-related concussion.
Other research and clinical interests attributed to Dr. DiFiori include athletic overuse injuries, the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in the treatment of sports injuries, and medical preparticipation evaluation of competitive athletes. Dr. DiFiori has provided more than 100 scientific presentations, and is regularly invited to speak at national sports medicine academic meetings. He has authored multiple scientific articles, case reports, and book chapters on a variety of sports medicine issues.
UCLA's new Head Team Physician serves as a medical consultant for the NHL Players Association, and is a member of the U.S.A. Gymnastics physician referral network. He has served as a U.S. team physician for several international competitions including the XIIIth Pan American Games.
Dr. DiFiori's sports medicine practice at UCLA includes patients of all ages for the evaluation of sports-related injuries and medical problems. He also maintains a family medicine practice, providing care for patients with a wide variety of medical problems, as well as general health maintenance and preventive care.
Dr. DiFiori completed his sports medicine fellowship training at UCLA, and he received his medical degree from Temple University. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he was a four year varsity performer in cross country and track.