Hoag Orthopedic Institute's Dr. David Kruse Named to USA Gymnastics Medical Task Force
Dr. Kruse to Serve As Athlete Care Coordinator and Help Lead Safety Standards for the Country’s Top Professional Gymnasts
Dr. Kruse, a recipient of an NCAA Team Championship for Men’s Gymnastics while attending the University of California, Berkeley as an undergraduate, and four-time member of the USA Gymnastics Senior National Team, will act as the primary liaison between the Medical Task Force and USA Gymnastics staff. He will assist with the implementation of athlete care protocols, policy, and prioritizing and addressing health and safety matters for the gymnastics community.
"I am honored by the opportunity to serve in this new role as we all pursue the highest quality of care for USA Gymnastics athletes,” says Dr. Kruse. “We have a dedicated group of medical professionals, who together with the Medical Task Force will work collaboratively to further enhance performance goals and safety standards for the sport."
Dr. Kruse will continue to serve as the primary staff representative for the Men’s Gymnastic Discipline at its primary location in Huntington Beach. He additionally serves as team physician for the University of California, Irvine, the Fullerton Aquatics Swim Team and various high school sports programs throughout Orange County.
“USA Gymnastics is excited to have these experts taking the lead on athlete care,” says Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "We are confident that Dr. Kruse will provide important administrative support to both the Medical Task Force and the national office as we move forward with the program.”
The Medical Task Force was created in 2013 by USA Gymnastics in an effort to promote a safe environment for its athletes by encouraging reviews of the organization's practices, procedures and protocols regarding athlete care.
Hoag Orthopedic Institute specializes in the most advanced orthopedic surgery, total joint replacement surgery and spine surgery, and is one of the only specialty hospitals in the United States caring exclusively for orthopedic patients.
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About Hoag Orthopedic Institute
Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) is located in Orange County, California. It consists of a 70-bed hospital located in Irvine and two ambulatory surgery centers: Orthopedic Surgery Center of Orange County in Newport Beach and Main Street Specialty Surgery Center in Orange. HOI has more than 300 physicians on staff, including over 80 orthopedic specialists. Achievements in patient safety and satisfaction, and growth initiatives have propelled HOI to become the highest volume provider of joint replacements in California. The physicians collaborate on more than 10,000 orthopedic procedures annually. HOI ranks in the 98th percentile for willingness to recommend the hospital and in the 97th percentile for overall hospital rating according to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). HOI focuses in the treatments of the knee, hip and spine disorders, and takes pride in specialty care related to sports medicine, orthopedic trauma and extremities care. Since opening in 2010, HOI’s hospital has been named by U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review as one of the top orthopedic hospitals in the nation. For more information, visit: www.orthopedichospital.com.