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Championships come to Los Angeles March 22-29

Cedars-Sinai has been chosen as the official healthcare provider for the upcoming International Skating Union World Figure Skating Championships. The event will be held March 22 through 29 at Staples Center.

"We are honored that the ISU selected Cedars-Sinai to provide care for these world-class athletes," said Glenn B. Pfeffer, M.D., director of the Cedars-Sinai Foot and Ankle Center at Cedars-Sinai and one of the key physicians leading Cedars-Sinai's role at the Skating Championships. "We see many world-class athletes at the Orthopaedic Center, and figure skaters place as many physical demands on their bodies as any of them. Agility, flexibility, endurance, strength, balance, explosive energy and artistic grace are all required for the world-class skater."

Emergency Department physician Nathan McNeil, M.D. will be co-leading Cedars-Sinai's efforts with Dr. Pfeffer. Chief of Staff William W. Brien, M.D., vice chair of the Department of Surgery and director of the Orthopaedic Center, and Paul Silka, M.D., emergency medicine specialist, are serving as senior advisers for the medical center's participation in the event. Antonio Conte, M.D., Department of Anesthesia, is the ISU's chief medical officer for the 2009 world championships.

Cedars-Sinai physicians, physical therapists, nurses and others will have the opportunity to apply for volunteer clinical roles in the skating championships.

This is the first time since 2003 that the World Championships have been held in the United States and the first time ever that Los Angeles will host the event. The championships will be televised by NBC and by international broadcasters from Japan, Korea, Canada and the European Union.