Three Triathletes who just Happen to Be Doctors!
By John Bennett MD: Editor-in-Chief
As unbelieveable as it may seem, we came across not one, but Three doctors who are also triathletes. Anyone who knows cardiothoracic surgery, sports medicine, and neurosurgery, knows they are all rigourous specialities, with substantial time devoted to seeing patients, operating, and see the patients post-operatively. And, anyone who knows the relatively new sport of Triathlons know that it requires a rigourous training schedule in not one, but three sports; running, swimming and biking.
The following three docs combine both practicing medicine and participating competitively in Triathelons; Larry Creswell MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon from Mississippi, Jordan Metzl MD, a sports medicine specialist from New York, and Luis Ordonez-Soloria MD, from Mexico City, a neurosurgical resident.
Here follows a brief bio of each:
Larry Creswell MD
Dr. Creswell is originally from Norfolk, VA. After medical school, Dr. Creswell completed his residency at Washington University School of Medicine Currently he is a faculty member at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine,
His research interests and procedures include arrhythmias, heart surgery, coronary artery bypass, heart valve replacement/repair, aortic surgery, heart transplantation and general thoracic surgery.
His clinical practice is devoted to adult heart surgery. He teaches medical students and residents who are training to become surgeons.
Dr. Creswell maintains an active blog, called The Athlete’s Heart Blog. In Larry’s words, his “… goal for the Athlete’s Heart Blog is to share information about athletes and heart health. There’s not enough quality online information that’s also easy to read.”
Jordan D Metzl, MD
Jordan D Metzl, MD, is a sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery. With a practice of more than 20,000 patients, Dr. Metzl is widely known for his passion for sports medicine and fitness. His focus is to safely return athletes to the playing field of their choice and to keep them there. In addition to his busy practices in New York and in Greenwich, Connecticut, Dr. Metzl is an award winning author and medical columnist for Triathlete Magazine. His books include The Young Athlete (Little Brown) and The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies (Rodale).
Regularly voted among New York’s top sports medicine doctors by New York magazine, Dr. Metzl takes care of athletic patients of all ages and lectures and teaches extensively both nationally and internationally. Dr. Metzl appears regularly on media programs including the Today Show and Good Morning America, and in print media including theNew York Times, discussing the issues of fitness and health. Dr. Metzl is also the sports medicine consultant to the Radio City Rockettes.
Luis Ordoñez-Solorio MD
Luis is a fourth-year neurosurgical resident at Hospital Juarez of Mexico, at Mexico City.
He was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, a Northern state that borders with the USA. Luis is
a relative new-comer to Social Media, having just taken it up a few months ago. But his enthusiasms for it, in his words,”
“…I´m convinced that improving neurosurgical presence on Internet and Social Media must diminish patient fear about neurosurgical procedures. Also, medical students and other medical colleagues can have an easy way to communicate with expertise people on the field and have better criteria on the evaluation of neurosurgical patients.”
Regarding triathelons, ” I began swimming since I was 5 years old. I have local, national and international experience on swimming meetings and open water swimming. I also played waterpolo in national competitions. As soon as I began Medical School, I stopped competitions and practiced football, racquetball and cycling on a non-competitive fashion.
Now-a-days I think sport is an excellent complement in life. Also, as I practice sports I help to promote a healthy life among a population with a high incidence of obesity. As soon as I stop having 24+hour shifts, I´ll come back to endurance and try to become a top age group triathlete.”