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Faculty Experts on Health and Psychology

Georgetown University Medical Center physicians and researchers are available to answer questions about medical topics related to athletes competing in the 2014 Olympic Games. Areas of expertise include performance anxiety, cardiac performance, elite athleticism, orthopedic injuries, sports-related eating disorders, water intoxication and competitive stress.

To arrange interviews with these experts, please contact Karen Teber at or (215) 514-9751.

Faculty experts include:

Judith R.F. Kupersmith

Dr. Judith R.F. Kupersmith, a professor of clinical psychiatry at GUMC, has devoted her 40-year career to helping performers and athletes triumph over the stresses, trials and tribulations that can accompany performances and competitions. Kupersmith says barriers that may seem trivial to non-performers can interfere tremendously with a performance or competition. Performance-related obstacles include paralyzing anxiety, eating disorders or career-ending injuries.

Dr. William Postma

Dr. William Postma, assistant professor of orthopedics at Georgetown University School of Medicine and associate orthopedic surgeon for Georgetown University athletics, specializes in sports medicine with an emphasis on knee ligamentous reconstruction, shoulder arthroscopy and hip arthroscopy.

Allen J. Taylor

Dr. Allen J. Taylor, professor of medicine at GUMC and chief of cardiology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, can address fitness and cardiac performance, including adaptations to various forms of exercise. His reminder is you don’t have to be an Olympian to gain the benefits of exercise, but the Olympics are a great opportunity to extol the virtues of exercise and fitness.

Dr. Joseph Verbalis

Dr. Joseph Verbalis, vice-chairman of the department of medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, is an expert on exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH), or water intoxication, which can cause death during endurance events. Verbalis is part of an expert group charged with understanding the biological basis of EAH to reduce athletes’ risk of death.

Bryan Kim, Ph.D.

Bryan Kim, PhD, is an assistant professor of oncology at GUMC. Dr. Kim has a background in exercise physiology and main research focuses on developing and implementing cancer prevention exercise interventions and to promote healthy, active lifestyles among at-risk minority populations. He is also a three-time former Olympic swimmer for South Korea (1996, 2000, 2004).


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