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    John Hatzenbuehler, 34
    Associate Director of Sports Medicine
    Maine Medical Center


    In the growing field of sports medicine, Dr. John Hatzenbuehler is a rising star, both locally at Maine Medical Center – where he has been instrumental in creating and sustaining a research program – and nationally, as illustrated in his recent acceptance as Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

    A native of Idaho, Hatzenbuehler attended Notre Dame, went to medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, and came to Maine in 2004 to do his residency at Maine Medical Center. He continues to work in primary care and has worked in family medicine in Vietnam. He is widely published in the sports medicine field, including original research, book chapters and topical reviews, and an emerging leader in the field of ski injury research. His educational work includes designing a curriculum for physicians providing clinical sports medicine care.

    Hatzenbuehler, who lives in Portland with his wife, Stephanie, and young children Miles and Eva, volunteers as a team physician and/or consultant for local teams – including the Portland Pirates, St. Joseph’s College, University of Southern Maine, Cheverus High, the Portland Rugby Club and the Portland Boxing Club – and events: He is also medical director for the Maine Marathon, which raises significant funds for several charities, including the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.

    A lifelong soccer player, he’s now a forward for the Deering Football Club in a local over-30 league. Hatzenbuehler’s colleague William Dexter, M.D., who nominated him for the Forty Under 40 award, observes: “As our population ages and it becomes ever more apparent that exercise is medicine, there is an increasing need for clinicians to be adept at using exercise in preventing and treating disease, and encouraging and sustaining us in our activity. Dr. Hatzenbuehler will be leading this effort – here in Portland, in Maine and on a national stage.”

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