Medical Department Information
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sports Medicine is dependent on the commitment of dedicated partners and volunteers who provide the additional resources necessary to ensure the best possible medical care for our athletes.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has volunteer physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists integrated within the medical program through the medical committee, volunteer physician pool, as well as the athletic training/physical therapy pool. For more information about the physician or AT/PT medical pools, please see the Medical Pool page.
Our medical partners are a group of hospitals, clinics and medical suppliers that work with U.S. Ski & Snowboard to optimize medical care of our athlete in case of illness or injury.
The U.S. Ski & Snowboard medical committee’s primary function is to provide resources, direction, and guidance through recommendations regarding overall policy and procedure governing the medical care of Team athletes. Committee members also provide networking resources for expertise in medical care sought for athletes based on specific situations. The committee is comprised of team physicians closely involved in the medical management of athletes in addition to specialists who provide guidance and recommendations.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sports Medicine Director: Dr. Jaron Santelli
Chairman Emeritus: Dr. Richard Steadman, The Steadman Clinic Vail, Colo.
Men’s Alpine Head Team Physician: Dr. Randy Viola, The Steadman Clinic, Vail Colo.
Women’s Alpine Head Team Physicians:
Dr. William Sterett, Vail Summit Orthopedics Vail, Colorado
Dr. Jeffrey Harrison, Calton-Harrison Clinic Ogden, Utah
Snowboard Head Team Physician: Dr. Thomas Hackett, The Steadman Clinic, Vail, Colorado
Freestyle Head Team Physician: Dr. Sonny Gill, The Steadman Clinic, Vail, Colorado
Freeski Head Team Physician: Dr. Andrew Cooper- Comprehensive Orthopedics, Salt Lake City, Utah
Cross Country Head Team Physician: Heather Cichanowski, TRIA Orthopaedic Center, St. Paul, Minn.
Team Sports Neurologist: Dr. Jeffery Kutcher, The Sports Neurology Clinic, Brighton, Mich.
Team Internist: Dr. David Kuppersmith, The Steadman Clinic, Vail Colorado
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has developed a regional medical sponsorship program to formalize the many established relationships with medical service providers across the country.
Barton Health Care System, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Intermountain Healthcare Park City Hospital, Park City, Utah
Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail, Colo.
Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail, Colo.
Calton/Harrison Clinic, Ogden Utah
Desert Orthopedics, Bend, Ore.
Rosenberg-Cooley-Metcalf Clinic, Park City, Utah
The Steadman Clinic, Vail, Colo.
Physical Therapy Clinics
Howard Head Sports Medicine Center, Vail Colo.
Mammoth Hospital Physical Therapy, Mammoth Lakes Calif.
Rebound Physical Therapy, Bend Ore.
Paul Peterson DDS, Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry, Park City, Utah