Bert Mandelbaum is a medical graduate of Washington University Medical School in St. Louis in 1980, which completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and fellowship in Sports Medicine from UCLA. He served on the faculty at UCLA from 1986-89 and subsequently joined the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group. He presently practices there and serves as the Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and the Research and Education Foundation and Medical Director for the FIFA Medical Center of Excellence in Santa Monica. He is currently the Co-director of Medical affairs for the Institute of Sports Sciences with Cedars Health System.
He is also the Director of Research for Major League Baseball (MLB) and serves on the USOC National Medical Network Advisory Group. He also was appointed as Chief Medical Officer for the World Special Olympic Games 2015 in LA.
Academically, he is well published including multiple journal articles (90) and five books. He has received five national awards for Excellence in Research in the Field of Sports Medicine. Since 1995 he has been on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sports Medicine and associate editor for Current Concept Reviews. He also served 1999-2001 as executive board member for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Presently, he is Past President of the International Cartilage Repair Society (2008-09). He has also has been awarded a NIH Grant on Prevention of ACL Injuries in Children and Adolescents in collaboration with Chris Powers PhD of USC. He was honored in a distinguished fashion in 2009 with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (DHL) from the State University of New York.
As a team physician Dr. Mandelbaum has worked with UCLA Athletics (1985-1989) and Pepperdine University (1990-present, LA Galaxy and Chivas USA MLS teams. He was the Chief Medical Officer for Women’s World Cup Soccer 1999 and 2003, US Soccer Men’s National Teams Physician since 1991, and the assistant Medical Director for Major League Soccer since 1996, and served as USA Team Physician for Soccer World Cups ’94 in the USA, ’98 in France, 2002 in Japan and Korea, Germany in 2006 and South Africa in 2010. He also served as a FIFA Medical officer for World Cup 2014 in Brazil and on the USA Gymnastics Sports Medicine Advisory Board. In 2002 he was appointed to FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Committee (F-MARC) and in 2007 to FIFA’s Sports Medicine Committee. He also served on the Sports Medical Committee and Olympic Medical Officer for the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 and London 2012 games.