AMSSM is saddened to learn that AMSSM member Dan Garza, MD passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at his home. Dan, who was 43, served as the medical director and team physician for the San Francisco 49ers and was assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and of Emergency Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also served as a team physician for Stanford athletics.
"Dan's sudden passing is a great loss for sports medicine and the sports medicine community, " said John P. DiFiori, MD, AMSSM President. "For those of us who knew Dan, we highly respected him as a colleague and enjoyed his company as a friend. He pursued his roles as a team physician, teacher and researcher with integrity and passion. We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and all of those who worked with Dan at Stanford University and the San Francisco 49ers. We will miss him greatly."
Dan was an active and enthusiastic member of AMSSM. He presented at the 2013 AMSSM Annual Meeting in San Diego on the "Use of Ketorolac and Other Analgesia in Competition" and led the professional team physician interest group session. At the 2012 Annual Meeting, he served on the program planning committee and presented on the care of the elite athlete.
Dr. Garza's primary research focused on the prevention of traumatic brain injury in athletes. He was conducting extensive studies on the risk of concussions by fitting athletes with mouthpieces to measure the impact of collisions. For more information about Dan and his research, please see the Stanford website.