Dr. Mandelbaum is a medical graduate of Washington University Medical School in St. Louis in 1980, which completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and fellowship in Sports Medicine from UCLA. He served on the faculty at UCLA from 1986-89 and subsequently joined the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group. He presently practices there and serves as the Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and Medical Director for the FIFA Medical Center of Excellence in Santa Monica. He also serves as Co- director of Clinical Affairs of the Kerlan Jobe Institute at Cedars Sinai and the Co-Chief of Sports Medicine at Cedar Sinai Orthopaedic Surgery. He serves as Chief Medical Officer for CONCACAF and Chairman of the medical committee since 2016. Academically, he is well published including over 120 journal articles and five books.
He has received five national awards for Excellence in Research in the Field of Sports Medicine . Since 1995 he has been on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sports Medicine and associate editor for Current Concept Reviews. He also served 1999-2001 as executive board member for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Presently, he is Past President of the International Cartilage Repair Society (2008-09). He was honored in a distinguished fashion in 2009 with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters ( DHL) from the State University of New York. He served as Director of Research for Major League Baseball 2011-2015. As a team physician Dr. Mandelbaum has worked with UCLA Athletics (1985-1989) and Pepperdine University (1990-present, LA Galaxy and Chivas USA MLS teams. He was the Chief Medical Officer for Women’s World Cup Soccer 1999 and 2003, US Soccer Men’s National Teams Physician since 1991, and the assistant Medical Director for Major League Soccer since 1996, and served as USA Team Physician for Soccer World Cups ’94 in the USA, ’98 in France, 2002 in Japan and Korea, Germany in 2006 and South Africa in 2010. He served as FIFA medical officer for Brazil World Cup 2014.
In 2002 he was appointed to FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Committee (F-MARC). In 2007 he was appointed to FIFA’s Sports Medicine Committee until 2017. He also served as Olympic Medical Officer for the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 and London 2012 games and RIO 2016 games. He was Chief Medical Officer for LA 2015 World Special Olympic Games the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 and 2017 and COPA Centenario in 2016. He has published his first motivational and inspiration book entitled … The Win Within…. Capturing Your Victorious Spirit. He also does motivational speaking for societies, companies and groups. He also writes a monthly column for Medscape and The US World News Report. He is married to Ruth a Family Physician and Medical Executive with 3 children Rachel 28 Jordan 25 and Ava 21.