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Sports Cardiology
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Gordon Blackburn, PhD

  • Program Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD

  • Medical Director of the Sports Cardiology Center

At Cleveland Clinic’s Sports Cardiology Center, we are dedicated to working with athletes — from professional athletes to weekend warriors — who are at risk for, have been diagnosed with, or are re¬covering from cardiovascular disease. Together, we can help them continue safely playing their sport. Please join us to have your questions on Sports Cardiology answered by
Program Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Gordon Blackburn, PhD, and Medical Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Sports Cardiology Center, Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD.

We use a multidisciplinary team approach to customize care for each and every patient, factoring in their age, medical history and any needed cardiovascular testing. We specialize in timely and comprehensive individual and sport-specific cardiovascular assessment, patient-centered counseling on lifestyle, prevention, nutrition and training, and advanced imaging techniques to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment plans.

Our team of specialists includes cardiologists, vascular surgeons, pulmonologists, psychologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, sports health specialists, genetic counselors, nutritionists, and exercise physiologists. Services range from identifying signs of heart disease found during routine exams and identifying risk factors or family history of cardiovascular disease, to providing advice on regaining athletic performance after a medical or surgical treatment.

Gordon Blackburn, PhD, is the Program Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Section of Preventive Cardiology and a Staff Member of the Cardiology Department, The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is certified as a Preventive/Rehabilitative Exercise Program Director by the American College of Sports Medicine. His specialty interests include cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, cardiovascular risk factor modification and graded exercise testing.

Dr. Blackburn did his undergraduate work at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, graduating with bachelor degrees in both physical education and psychology. While an undergraduate, he received the Dalley Memorial Academic Scholarship. He did his graduate work as an exercise specialist at The Pennsylvania State University, followed by a PhD with a major in exercise physiology and a minor in psychology.

Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD, FACC, is a staff cardiologist in the section of Cardiovascular Imaging in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Medical Director of the Sports Cardiology Center in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is an Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Phelan is a course Co-Director for the Cleveland Clinic echocardiography national meeting and serves on the Research Council of the American Society of Echocardiography. He is Co-Editor of the cardiology section of Disease Management, a free, online clinical resource authored by Cleveland Clinic physicians that has more than 800,000 page views per month. He is a contributing Expert Writer for the sports magazine, Stack.

Dr. Phelan is the team cardiologist for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also serves on the Cardiac Screening Advisory Committee for the National Basketball Association. Dr. Phelan attends the National Football League Scouting Combine each year as the Cardiology Consultant for the team physicians. In this role, he reviews all of the cardiovascular testing for the players and makes decisions regarding safe participation at the Combine. Dr. Phelan’s passion about cardiac care of athletes extends beyond professional players to athletes of all skill level and age.

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