Brian Davis, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, will be serving as a consultant volunteer physician at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games and Paralympic Games in London.
"This is an exceptional honor, as only a handful of physicians worldwide will be allowed to practice in this capacity," said Davis. Previously, Davis has served as a volunteer medical consultant at the 2002 Olympics and Paralympics in Salt Lake City, and at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He also served as the U.S. team physician for the 2004 Paralympic team.
In London, Davis will provide medical care to the athletes of both the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. He will provide medical care at the boxing, tae kwon do, judo and table tennis competitions from July 22 through Aug. 12. Davis said he expects to return with important tools used in the United Kingdom's medical practices to supplement current practices used in Sacramento and, eventually, the U.S.
Davis is seeking tax-deductible donations to cover the cost of travel and expenses for his volunteer efforts. Funds also will be used to support the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation's Sports Medicine Fellowship. Now in its fifth year, the fellowship is one of only 10 fully accredited programs of its kind in the U.S. Davis plans to establish an Academic Center of Sports Excellence that will include a Disability Sports Medicine Program.
Davis will be discussing his trip to London on KMAX's "Good Day Sacramento" on Wednesday, Feb. 29.